The La Jolla Community Planning Association (LJCPA) approved two residential development projects during its Sept. 5 meeting that had been previously called into question at the subcommittee level by some residents.
LJCPA trustees first heard a presentation on the Sudberry Residence in La Jolla Shores. Though the project was approved during the July meeting of the La Jolla Shores Permit Review Committee (PRC), it was pulled from the LJCPA’s consent agenda for further discussion last month by LJCPA board member Janie Emerson (a PRC member who cast the lone vote against the project in July, based on its bulk and scale relative to the neighborhood).
Officials with the University of California, San Diego raised concerns this summer that the project might negatively impact an adjacent residence the university was deeded by its owner, Sally McMurray.
McMurray said heavy machinery used during previous renovations to the Sudberry property caused thousands of dollars in damage to her water pipes.
Project architect and LJCPA president Toni Crisafi (recusing himself from his role as a voting LJCPA board member) assisted his colleague at Island Architects, Haley Bareisa, in the presentation.
Since July, Bareisa said, Island Architects has increased the distance between the northern property line and a covered terrace by more than 10 feet — one of many revisions to the project during the past few years.
UCSD Principal Community Planner Anu Delouri read a statement on behalf of the university saying that after “productive and collaborative meetings” with the Sudberry family and its consultants, which resulted in plan revisions and “measures to minimize disruptions and inconveniences to Mrs. McMurray during construction … UCSD is confident a mutual agreement will be finalized in the near future.”
LJCPA trustees ultimately voted 13-0-3 that findings could be made to approve coastal and site development permit amendments to demolish the existing Sudberry residence at 8053 Calle del Cielo, and a portion of their adjacent residence, to construct a two-level home that would occupy both lots.
LJCPA trustee Phil Merten said the project was an “excellent example” of how to add a second-level using setbacks and articulation to minimize its impact. He said the design is what is called for in the La Jolla Community Plan and La Jolla Shores Planned District Ordinance.
After hearing the presentation, Emerson voted in favor of the project, thanking the architects for being responsive to her concerns.
Bonair Street about-face
Things were looking grim for a proposed residential development at the end of Bonair Street (near the La Jolla Bike Path) during July meetings of La Jolla’s Development Permit Review (DPR) committee, at which a DPR member referred to the design as “particularly ungracious.”
In July, DPR members twice voted 5-0-1 to oppose the project, based on its bulk and scale, drainage issues, driveway access and lot layout.
However, the project received largely glowing praise during the recent LJCPA meeting, following plan revisions that included the removal of a third-story stairwell (reducing the height by five feet), and efforts to make the project tighter and more consistent with the neighborhood.