Residents Resist County Plans for Marina del Rey

A meeting last week at the Regional Planning Commission attracted dozens of speakers angry with L.A. County's plans to change the zoning around the marina to allow new development of apartments and retail spaces.

Marina del Rey is apparently dotted with underused surface parking lots, which the county is anxious to develop. The new plan would also mean reducing the number of slips available for boats, moving them to dry-stack storage. Residents complain that both changes would mean gentrification.

Planning commissioners found an issue of their own in the goal of attracting more people and development while reducing the number of parking spots:

From the L.A. Times: "If we are going to take parking away, what are you planning on doing?" asked Commissioner Esther Valadez, who also expressed reservations about how the changes would affect small-boat owners."

Full Story: Differing visions for Marina del Rey's future

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