Sunday, January 20, 2013

VSA Calls for Unpermitted Railroad Container to be Removed from Beach

The Venice Stakeholders Association has filed a letter with City and Coastal Commission officials asking that the City adhere to State laws, which require a Coastal Development Permit and environmental review for any development in the coastal zone, especially a sizable structure which blocks public views of the beach and ocean such as the railroad transport container recently installed at Windward Plaza.

The letter, directed to City Recreation and Parks Commission president Barry A. Sanders and general manager Jon Kirk Mukri, notes that the container “constitutes ‘development’ within the Coastal Zone and thus requires the issuance of a Coastal Development Permit by both the City and the California Coastal Commission. In addition, the installation requires the preparation of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).”

“The City must abide by the same rules that apply to private property owners,” said Mark Ryavec, VSA president.  “No Boardwalk property owner could plop down a huge storage container on a parking lot and then start using it to store the possessions of up to 80 people on a daily basis without the proper permits. 

“That it is an industrial use in a park environment makes it all the more objectionable.”

The letter demands that the container be removed immediately, because it is an unpermitted use, and indicates the Stakeholders will consider applying for an injunction if it is not removed.