Thursday, October 21, 2010
by Darin Boville
County planning staff have recommended that the
Planning Commission approve the plans for the Big Wave
Development--plans that the staff helped write.
As readers will recall, during the review of the project's
environmental plan the proponents faced an unexpectedly
large outcry from the public. The consultant hired by
Big Wave, facing hundreds of written comments
challenging Big Wave's claims, refused to undertake
the work without additional payment. The County
Planning Department, under the new leadership of
Jim Eggemeyer, made the apparently unprecedented
decision to finish the EIR itself, with the help of the
Big Wave developers.
County staff recommends approval of the project, now
reconfigured to eight office buildings from four, with no
reduction is the square footage of the project.
You can download the staff report here. The main staff
report is 103 pages in length with another two hundred
pages of attachments.