CPA approves Dunemere Drive home expansion

During its last meeting of 2015 on Dec. 3, La Jolla Community Planning Association (CPA) approved an expansion to the home at 335 Dunemere Drive, on the same Barber Tract block as the historic property once owned by the late Academy-Award winning actor Cliff Robertson and the part-time home of former presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

The expansion project would add 510 square feet between the house’s two stories (with 151 square feet added to the first floor and 359 to the second) to accommodate a second-story master bedroom, bathroom and decks, and add area to an existing first-story bedroom and bathroom. The lot is 4,152 square feet.

Project representative Sue Skala said adjustments to the project were made in accordance with concerns expressed at sub-committee meetings, chiefly La Jolla’s Development Permit Review committee (DPR). She said the project went before DPR four times before it earned the committee’s approval.

“We moved the second story (addition) away from the street view corridor to the more open side of the house, and then moved it three more feet from there. We are currently eight feet from the street on the second story, and 18 feet from the street view corridor that looks west to the ocean,” she said. “We reduced the scope of the project from a two-bedroom, one-bath addition to a one-bed one-bath addition and reduced the (overall) square footage of the addition from 612 square feet to 510 square feet.”

The project was slated for full review to afford concerned neighbors the opportunity to comment before the board, however, none were in attendance, and it was noted the annual Barber Tract Neighborhood Association holiday party was being held the same night as the CPA meeting.

CPA trustee Mike Costello, speaking as a DPR committee member, said two architects had been “put through the ringer” on this project. “The point I made at DPR … is that this is only about a 500-square-foot addition and owners have done everything they can to help the neighborhood, except not build the addition.”

A motion to ratify the recommendation by DPR that the project conforms to the La Jolla Community Plan for a Coastal Development Permit and Site Development Permit for the proposed additions, passed 11-2-1.

An additional project was slated for full review (the proposed lot line adjustment at the Ngala Residence, 5612-5646 Rutgers Road), but representatives did not attend so the item was tabled.

On its consent agenda, CPA ratified the findings of its subcommittees on five projects. A sixth project, the Fan Residence at 2488 Hidden Valley Road, was tabled to the January meeting. The project would demolish an existing residence and construct a new one. Projects included and approved through the consent agenda include the Eslamian Residence, AT&T light poles at Mount Soledad Presbyterian Church, Carley Residence, Swindle Residence and a mixed-use project in Bird Rock.

The Eslamian Residence at 7350-7354 Fay Ave., currently has three dwelling units: one at the front facing Fay Ave. and two at the rear next to the alley. The project would demolish both units at rear of the property (7350 & 7352) and build one, three-story unit. The single-family residence at 7354 Fay Ave. would remain.

An AT&T project at Mount Soledad Presbyterian Church, 6605 La Jolla Scenic Drive, would remove three existing light poles with six-foot panel antennas and 18-inch square radomes, and replace them with three new light poles with 10-foot panel antennas and 24-inch square radomes, with related support equipment in the existing equipment enclosure.

Plans for the Carley Residence project at 7010 Fairway Road, and the Swindle Residence project at 2488 Hidden Valley Road, would demolish an existing single-family residence to construct a new one.

The developer of a mixed-use project in Bird Rock at 5702 La Jolla Blvd., requested building permits and a change to the paint scheme to one more compatible with the surrounding area.

In other CPA news:

Mansionization research continues: Diane Kane and Eric Lindebak, representing the ad-hoc committee on residential single-family zoning (aka “mansionization”) presented, at length, the efforts made by the board thus far, primarily in its research. Hoping to deter the mansionization practice (when a developer builds a house too large for its lot and out of character with the surrounding homes), the board has held seven meetings.

“Our mission is to develop some feasible strategies because our community plan and municipal zoning code are radically disparate,” Kane said. “The direction we got … was that the city is open to some modifications (to its development code) but it wants a simple system that can be administered by the city, which balances property rights with community concerns.”

No action was taken after the presentation, but Kane said the board would present again when an update was available. Find more information about ad-hoc committee meetings at

— La Jolla Community Planning Association meets monthly, 6 p.m. first Thursdays at La Jolla Recreation Center, 615 Prospect St. The board next meets Jan. 7, 2016.