The Cambrian

NCAC may review plans for Brambles

Hotelier Dirk Winter’s plans for the former Brambles restaurant property is expected to be discussed by the North Coast Advisory Council starting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, at Rabobank, 1070 Main St.

The council’s Land Use Committee has reviewed the plans, which include revamping the 7,971-square-foot, 200-seat restaurant into a smaller bistro and four boutique hotel units in the existing building at 4039 Burton Drive, and adding two more structures on part of the large parking lot that extends through to West Street. One new building would house six more hotel units; the second building would have retail shops.

Committee Chairman John McGarry told The Cambrian Sept. 11 that members of his group, and some in the audience, had questions that need answering before the full council can review the project, including: determining if the property’s current water allocation would cover the new project’s water use; if the project encroaches on the easement for Santa Rosa Lane, a narrow historic roadway that had been used as an alleyway; and confirmation that all construction would meet the county’s new “green building” rules.

The council has no authority to approve or deny plans, but its recommendations carry weight with the county officials. — Kathe Tanner