Futuristic La Jolla Shores home plans nixed in legal settlement

it’s back to the drawing board for 8490 Whale Watch Way.

By Pat Sherman

A group of La Jolla Shores residents have triumphed in their opposition to an ultramodern home proposed for 8490 Whale Watch Way. The house was designed by famed Iraqi-British architect Zaha Hadid, the first female recipient of the Pritzker Architecture Prize.

Though many said they felt the design was intriguing, residents and community advisory groups ultimately said the proposed 12,700-square-foot home was out of character with the surrounding neighborhood, and excessive in terms of bulk and scale.

Despite this opposition, the project was approved by the San Diego City Council earlier this year. A subsequent lawsuit was filed in San Diego Superior Court by the nonprofit La Jolla Shores Tomorrow (LJST) group, which sought to block the endeavor.

The lawsuit challenged the project’s compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act, the San Diego Municipal Code, the La Jolla Community Plan and the La Jolla Shores Planned District Ordinance.

Dame Zaha Hadid, the award-winning Iraqi-British architect behind the ultramodern home design once proposed for Whale Watch Way.

As a result, the property owner submitted a letter to the city’s Development Services director, Kelly Broughton, terminating the project application.

“Personally, I liked it, but I liked it in a different location,” LJST’s attorney Julie Hamilton said. “The house was a very unusual, very modern design with some very stark materials — and that simply wasn’t compatible with the other homes in the neighborhood. It was just the wrong place for that design, which is most often the problem in La Jolla.”

LJST President Dick McCormack said he was “gratified that the dispute has been resolved amicably and without further legal action.

“I don’t want anyone to get the idea that we’re against new building, but we would like to see these things not so enormous as to overwhelm the neighborhood — and we thought this one did.”

Jeffrey Forrest, the San Diego attorney representing the property owner and developer, said the owners are not certain if they will seek an alternate design for the property.

The nonprofit La Jolla Shores Tomorrow group was established in response to the concerns of residents and business owners who wish to protect the established architectural aesthetics of La Jolla Shores from being compromised by “unrestrained development.”

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  3. City Council hearing on environmental appeal for Whale Watch Way in La Jolla postponed until Feb. 6
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  5. Architects to headline La Jolla lecture series

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Posted by Pat Sherman on Nov 7, 2012. Filed under La Jolla, News. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

2 Comments for “Futuristic La Jolla Shores home plans nixed in legal settlement”

  1. LJ Blows

    This is why community plans are full of crap. If it meets municipal and state regulations it should be a go. These people just don't have anything else to waste their time on. Another missed opportunity to bring great architecture to this city. I hope the owners decide to move forward with the design regardless of the comments/views from the crap of people involved in the La Jolla community groups. We need more involvement of younger generations in these groups and less useless individuals like the ones that always get involved.

  2. Alan

    There's still "unrestrained development" that needs to be prevented. La Jolla Crossroads is about to get a Planning Commission recommendation for its expansion in an area that still has plenty of vacant housing. Just search "change jolla crossroads."

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