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The proposed hotel will not interfere with access to the shoreline or access along the existing public sidewalks within the Pike development. Special Condition Eight of amended Coastal Development Permit 5-98-156 protects public access along the streets and sidewalks within the Pike development (See Appendix B). As conditioned by the underlying permit, the proposed development and permit amendment will not have any new adverse impact on public access to the coast or to nearby recreational facilities. Thus, the proposed development and permit amendment conform with Sections 30210 through 30214, Sections 30220 through 30224, and 30252 of the Coastal Act.
The proposed development and permit amendment will not interfere with public recreational use of coastal resources. The proposed hotel, the only hotel proposed within the Pike development, would provide additional visitor-serving overnight accommodations in the Downtown Shoreline area and thus improve coastal access opportunities for visitors. The development and permit amendment protect coastal areas suited for recreational activities. Therefore, the Commission finds that the proposed development and permit amendment are in conformity with Sections 30210 through 30214 and Sections 30220 through 30223 of the Coastal Act regarding the promotion of public recreational opportunities.
Local Coastal Program
A coastal development permit is required from the Commission for the proposed development because it is located within the Commission's area of original jurisdiction. The Commission's standard of review for the proposed development is the Chapter 3 policies of the Coastal Act. The City of Long Beach certified LCP is advisory in nature and may provide guidance. The Commission certified the City of Long Beach LCP on July 22, 1980. The proposed development and permit amendment are consistent with Chapter 3 of the Coastal Act and with the certified LCP for the area.
LCP Subarea 5, where the proposed hotel is located, is the Tidelands parcel located on the inland side of Shoreline Drive and west of Pine Avenue (Exhibit #3). The certified LCP contains specific standards for LCP Subarea 5 that limit building heights and protect open space areas and view corridors in order to protect the scenic resources of the Downtown Shoreline area. The certified Long Beach LCP calls for a hotel to be built in LCP Subarea 5, up to twelve stories, between the extended rights-of-way of Cedar Avenue and Pacific Avenue. The certified Long Beach LCP also calls for up to 275 hotel rooms to be built in LCP Subarea 5. Currently, there are no hotels in LCP Subarea 5.
The other relevant LCP standards for LCP Subarea 5 state:
“Site Locations. Buildings shall be sited so as to provide staggered locations near Seaside Way, near Shoreline Drive, and near Pine Avenue. Buildings shall be sited so as to minimize view blockage from the overlooks and from buildings in Subareas 4 and 5. The relationship of buildings and open space areas shall be such as to create an interesting pedestrian scale environment at grade. The location and height of structures shall be such as to enhance the required view corridors from Ocean