Club suing Coastal Commission over Luers Barn project
The Sierra Club Santa Cruz Group with the support of the Ventana Chapter, has
filed suit against the California Coastal Commission for its approval of the Luers
Barn project, a three-story, 6000+ sq. ft. combination of building, decks and
bridges on the Hwy. 1 frontage in Davenport.
The Commission approved the project despite several violations of the Coastal
Act, including allowing a zero-foot setback on a riparian corridor of San Vicente
Creek (50’ buffer and 10’ setback are usually required). The Commission
also ignored provisions of the Local Coastal Plan that protect the “Special Coastal
Community” of Davenport. Commission staff had recommended the project be denied.
The Commission vote was 7-3, with McClain-Hill, Hart, Potter, Peters, Desser,
and Woolley in support of the large project. Commissioners Wan, Iseman and Reilly
voted against the project to protect the riparian corridor and adhere to the local