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CZM MEETING TO DECIDE ON POND BAY POSTPONED

Feb. 5, 2002 – The St. John Coastal Zone Management Committee meeting scheduled for 4 p.m. Tuesday at the Legislature Building in Cruz Bay has been changed to noon Feb. 15 in the Nazareth Lutheran Church parish hall.
The CZM committee was slated to make its decision Tuesday on the controversial Pond Bay Club application for a permit to develop a major condominium complex in Chocolate Hole. Planning and Natural Resources Department spokeswoman Annette Morales said Tuesday morning that the meeting was postponed because a member of the committee is off island.
More than 100 people attended a CZM public hearing on the matter held Jan. 23 at the Legislature Building. Most of those speaking said they opposed the project. (See earlier St. John Source story, "Down-sized Pond Bay condo plans still opposed.")
The developer, First American Development Group/Carib Limited Partnership, first applied for a CZM permit in 2001. After residents found many faults with its proposal, the company withdrew its application.
The new plan scales down the project's footprint by nearly 14 percent. The number of units was reduced to 56 from 62, the number of bedrooms cut to 162 from 180 and the number of parking spaces cut to 121 from 132. The proposed project would cover 56,759 square feet of beachfront property. The beachfront setback was increased to 60 feet from 50 feet, and a three-story building was eliminated.
Planning and Natural Resources did not put out a news media advisory on the postponement. According to Morales, the developer placed a legal notice in a print newspaper.

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