City Council to consider La Jolla Historical Society’s appeal of ‘Windemere’ replacement development on Monday

The plot on Virginia Way where Windemere last stood, prior to the city issuing an "emergency" demolition permit. File

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The La Jolla Historical Society (LJHS) is asking the public to attend the San Diego City Council meeting at 2 p.m., Monday, June 3. The society is appealing the city’s decision to allow the owners of a property where Irving Gill’s 1894 ‘Windemere’ cottage once stood, to rebuild on that property.

The LJHS believes the city violated the terms of the California Environmental Quality Act when it issued a permit allowing demolition of the potentially historic Windemere cottage in December of 2011. To read more about the issue, click here and here.

The public may arrive early and fill out speaker slips to voice their opinion on the matter.

“LJHS attorney Julie Hamilton will lead our efforts at the meeting, but your voices and your bodies will impress upon the council that the community does not support the city’s decision to support the illegal actions of the owners,” said LJHS Preservation Chair Leslie Davis, in a statement.”Please mark your calendars, or at the least have your friends from other council districts call their council representatives.”

The proposed replacement development is named “Bernate Ticino” on the agenda.

City Council chambers are located on the 12th floor of the City Administration Building, 202 C Street in downtown San Diego.

A description of the item from the City Council agenda for June 3 reads as follows:

ITEM DESCRIPTION: Appeal of environmental determination that the Bernate Ticino Residence project is exempt from the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), pursuant to CEQA State Guideline Section 15303 (New Construction or Conversion of Small Structures).
TODAY’S ACTION: According to San Diego Municipal Code Section 112.0520(d) Power to Act on Appeal, as effective in the Coastal Overlay Zone, the City Council shall consider the appeal and shall by a majority vote:

Deny the appeal, approve the environmental determination that the project is exempt from CEQA, pursuant to Guidelines Section 15301 (Replacement or Reconstruction); or

Irving Gill's Windemere Cottage.

Grant the appeal and make a superceding environmental determination or CEQA findings; or

Grant the appeal and set aside the environmental determination, and remand the matter to the previous decision maker, in accordance with San Diego Municipal Code Section 112.0520(f), to reconsider the environmental determination that incorporates any direction or instruction the City Council deems appropriate;

If the City Council denies the appeal or makes a superceding environmental determination, directing the City Clerk to file a Notice of Exemption or Determination with the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors in the Office of the County of San Diego regarding this project;

Directing the City Attorney to prepare the appropriate resolutions according to Section 40 of the City Charter.

NOTE: This item is not subject to the Mayor’s veto.

Related posts:

  1. La Jolla Historical Society appeals city’s decision on Windemere site
  2. ‘Windemere’ site redevelopment moving too fast for La Jolla preservationists
  3. La Jollans attend vigil for Irving Gill’s ‘Windemere’
  4. La Jolla’s beach cottages: An issue of integrity
  5. Postal Service mailer sent to La Jolla merchants raises suspicions

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