Residents were surprised when they appealed to the California Coastal Commission for Oceanside approval for a three-story, four-unit beachfront vacation rental condominium.
The commission not only confirmed the city’s approval, it asked the developer to build more condos. The state agency also wanted additional parking, a better position for the building to improve the public’s view of the ocean, and for the developer to prepare the downstairs garage for occasional flooding.
The appellants, led by longtime South Oceanside resident and community activist Carolyn Krammer, had hoped to preserve the nine one-story bungalows built in 1931 at the corner of Pacific and Hayes streets and used as low-cost vacation rentals for decades. years.
“The appearance of the new building will be a big change for the neighborhood, moving from bungalows to more of the existing ones on Pacific Street,” she said via email. “The Bungalows will be just another part of Oceanside that has been razed to the ground and commemorated in the history books.”
No dikes or devices such as rock sheathing to protect the building from the ocean will be allowed on the property, which Krammer said was to some satisfaction. Structures have been shown to restrict public access and contribute to beach erosion.
“Although we were disappointed… at least we got the deed restriction to be imposed on this property,” Krammer said.
The Coast Commission staff report said Krammer had raised “an important issue” that the development could be prone to flooding by ocean waves and that a proposed retaining wall was against the policy of the Commission. As a result, the project was redesigned to remove the retaining wall and specify that the building materials for the parking garage be able to withstand occasional flooding.
Additionally, in response to Krammer’s concerns about affordable rentals, the Coast Commission recommended increasing density by adding two more condominiums and reducing the six condos.
The six units correspond to the maximum density allowed on the property under the city’s zoning for the neighborhood, which is 43 units per acre.
The Oceanside Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve the revised project earlier this month.
Three neighborhood residents have spoken out against the higher density project, saying the area is already oversized and needs more parking. However, senior planner Scott Nightingale said the building offers twice as many parking spaces as the city.
“Everyone is aware that this is a short term rental,” Nightingale said. Some people will arrive by Uber or other rideshare service, the owner offers offsite parking nearby, and a city public parking lot is about a block away.
“It is a much better product than what we have now,” said Commissioner Tom Morrissey, who added that “in light of the recommendations of the Coastal Commission” there is little the city can do.
Rental units in the building will measure between 1,830 and 2,117 square feet with four or five bedrooms each, for a total of 27 bedrooms, according to a staff report. The nine bungalows there now all have one or two bedrooms.
A total of 12 parking spaces will be provided in the garage, and there will be one public parking space on Hayes Street. The site includes two lots at the south end of a narrow beachfront street called The Strand, the last block of which is unpaved.
The project applicant is Beach Walk, Beach City, LLC