To ensure that the public is informed of the county's plans for using the improvement fund, the county needs to more clearly communicate its intentions and then update such communications as its plans change. The county's communications could be as simple as a public notice and a posting to its Web site that include the following:
- Information on the specific projects and parcels in Marina del Rey where it intends to spend money from the improvement fund for the development of open space (or a time frame for making such a decision).
- The time frame for the expected start and completion of such projects.
The County has clearly communicated with the public its intent to use the Coastal Improvement Fund (CIF) to fund the Marina del Rey wetland park. Revised site plans have been posted on the County Department of Beaches and Harbor (DBH) website under the webpage Possible Future Uses of the Coastal Improvement Fund. The webpage provides updated site plans of the wetland park as well estimates for construction commencement (Spring 2016). In addition, in November 2015 the County held a community meeting to provide the community with additional information about the upcoming project. The meeting was held on November 19, 2015 and approximately 80 people attended, the meeting notice was posted on the County website, published in the Argonaut Newspaper and notices were mailed to residents on the DBH courtesy list. The County discussed the purpose of the park, the planning behind it, the possible construction impacts, funding of the park though CIF dollars and answered any questions that the public wanted to ask.
The Coastal Improvement Fund (CIF) webpage has specifics on two projects where CIF funds are intended to be used. The webpage shows draft site plans and renderings of the proposed plans. A time frame is not listed because it is not known. As time frames become available, the website will be updated to reflect the most up to date information.
Until the Department of Regional Planning updates its website to include information on the expected start and completion dates of proposed projects, or provides a time frame for when this information will become available, this recommendation will remain only partially implemented.
The Department of Regional Planning has created a new public webpage, specifically for information pertaining to the Coastal Improvement Fund. The webpage includes Coastal Improvement Fund annual reports, current fee rates and a link to possible future projects using the Coastal Improvement Fund. The link to the website is as follows: http://planning.lacounty.gov/marina/fund.
Although the county Department of Regional Planning's website includes information on the specific projects where the county intends to spend money from the improvement fund for the development of open space, it does not provide information for the expected start and completion of such projects.
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