County staff recommends approval for Big Wave plan they helped write

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.

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