La Jolla Shores homeowner alters plans, gets panel’s OK

By Dave Schwab

Staff Writer

Editor’s note: This story was posted on 8/1/2011 after a website error failed to allow it to post

after the action was taken in June. The project was subsequently approved by the LJCPA on July 7.

A compromise has been worked out that avoids a battle over history between the new owner of one of the first Spanish-colonial homes built in La Jolla Shores and neighbors who were unhappy about plans for a more contemporary remodel.

La Jolla Shores Permit Review Committee members voted 4-0-3 June 28 to approve reworked plans for the Nooren residence at 8001 Camino de la Plata calling for a two-story, single-family home over a 635-square-foot garage on a 0.10-acre site on a corner lot.

The Noorens and their two young children attended the meeting. Only one neighbor, who questioned whether the neighborhood had been properly notified about the family’s redevelopment plans, turned out. At a couple of prior meetings, several neighbors had turned out to argue that the home should be declared historic and its authentic style preserved even though a previous attempt to have 8001 Camino de la Plata declared historic by the city of San Diego Historical Resources Board had failed.

At last week’s meeting, the Nooren’s attorney Matt Peterson detailed extensive changes the family has made to address community concerns about preserving the uniqueness and historical relevance of the home.

“Based upon the substantial changes — reduction in size, increased setbacks, added stepbacks, lower height, increased landscape area and completely changed architecture from contemporary to Spanish — the LJSPRC unanimously recommended approval,” Peterson wrote in an e-mail following the meeting. “Of course, it is not the home that they wanted, but they do understand the community planning review process and that compromises needed to be made to get their support.”

“They’ve narrowed the width of the building so it does not exceed 60 percent of the lot,” said architect and LJSPRC member Phil Merten adding revised plans have answered his design concerns.

The Nooren residence will next appear on the consent agenda at a future meeting of the La Jolla Community Planning Association, the community’s advisory board to the city on land use issues. Unless an association board member asks for additional discussion, the item will be recommended for approval to the city of San Diego.