Shores Tomorrow files suit to block ‘McMansion’ on Whale Watch

By Dave Schwab

A grass-roots group advocating controlled growth in La Jolla Shores has filed a lawsuit challenging construction of what some consider to be a “McMansion” on a half-acre parcel in their neighborhood.

La Jolla Shores Tomorrow has hired attorney Julie Hamilton who filed a lawsuit on the nonprofit group’s behalf

March 12.

The suit seeks to overturn a 7-1 vote by the city council in February, which denied an appeal brought on behalf of La Jolla Community Planning Association (the community advisory group on land-use), seeking to block demolition of an existing 4,100-square foot, single-story home at 8490 Whale Watch, to replace it with a two-story dwelling more

than three times its present size (12,700-square feet).

“The project is simply too different and the city, in passing it, failed to consider impacts associated with the project to traffic, aesthetics, the environment and land use, particularly archaeology,” said Hamilton. “The project simply isn’t compatible with this area.”

A negative declaration was prepared by the city for the project determining that it would have no significant impacts on the environment. On Feb. 6, the city council voted 7-1 to certify the project’s negative declaration, as well as finding that an environmental impact report for the project would not be required.

The law firm Sheppard Mullin Richter & Hampton LLP of San Diego, which is representing the project developer, could not be reached for comment.

   
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