A once-controversial proposal to build town houses on 6.1 acres off Hawthorne Boulevard next to the Golden Cove shopping center was approved this week by the Planning Commission after two public hearings produced little criticism of the 49-unit project. When originally proposed as a 72-unit development in 1983, Golden Cove sparked the greatest land development battle in city history, which centered on density and whether the land should be used for homes or held for expansion of the shopping center.
By a 4-1 vote, with Commissioner Luella Wike dissenting, the commission approved permits and a tract map. They go to the City Council for final action. Approval came after the development plan was changed to reduce commission concerns, expressed at a January hearing, over traffic access and view impairment.
A roadway connected to the shopping center will permit cars to leave the town house development, although a two-way entrance road from Hawthorne Boulevard still will be the only way in. A second two-way roadway may be put in when the city develops Point Vicente Park directly to the south. Land for some town houses will be graded to a lower level so the buildings do not interfere with views from houses being built on the other side of Hawthorne.