By Dave Schwab
The city Planning Commission voted 3-2 Thursday in favor of a motion brought by commissioner Tim Golba, a La Jolla architect, to uphold an appeal opposing granting a variance to allow a proposed library and learning center at The Bishop’s School to exceed the 30-foot coastal height limitation by 2 feet and 1 inch.
Four votes, however, are required for an affirmative commission vote, so the issue will be continued until the Commssion’s Feb. 10 meeting when it is hoped the full board will be present to rehear the contentious issue.
“I feel this is a reasonable deviation for this facility in this context of buildings in an urban setting, and I do not agree that it’s a Prop. D (30-foot maximum coastal building height limit) violation,” said group chair Eric Naslund, who urged the applicants to do everything possible to trim the additional 2-feet-1-inch being requested above 30 feet down as much as possible before the Feb. 10 meeting.
A private school, Bishop’s discovered that the Manchester Library & Learning Center project, part of its master-planned, phased expansion, is located in a flood plain necessitating the building's being raised, which required a variance to exceed the 30-foot height limitation.