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‘A promise is not good enough’: DPR committee wants to see revised plans for Gravilla Townhomes before voting

Although the plaintiff team offered to make changes to its Gravilla Townhomes project, the La Jolla Development Permit Review Board wanted the changes in writing. So when the project was heard at the DPR meeting on May 10, the team was asked to come back a third time.

Gravilla Townhomes proposal seeks Coastal Development Permit for a new two-storey project with 12 condominiums for sale – including one affordable for those on very low incomes – with 13 basement parking spaces with car stackers at 6710 LaJolla Blvd. , at the corner of Gravilla Street. The neighboring lane needs to be enlarged.

The La Jolla Planned District Ordinances Committee approved the project at its April 11 meeting.

Responding to comments from previous hearings, architect Doug Austin said the team was working to ensure the project would conform to city and local height measurements, that windows would be aligned so that they did not face to neighboring properties and that light pollution would be contained.

He said the height of the project is in accordance with San Diego municipal code, with the exception of a parapet (a low protective wall along the edge of a roof or balcony) in which an angle would be reduced by 18 inches.

Austin said a lighting designer was employed to create a plan to contain light within the building.

“Lighting can be one of the most beautiful parts of a building,” he said. “We would have appropriate light shields and the light would be directed into our site and not up or out. We will comply with city regulations in this regard.

However, the changes that were discussed were not reflected in the plans that were presented. DPR Administrator Glen Rasmussen called it “worrying”. He noted that at the La Jolla Community Planning Association meeting this month, there was a dispute over whether a project met the “rather complex” height limits. He said DPR would be better served by seeing the revised plan.

Austin requested that the board make it a condition of approval that the changes be made. He argued that it would be “time consuming and expensive” to go through “all the details of a project like this”.

“We understand the request, we have no problem meeting the request, but we ask that it be done in a timely manner,” he said. “We don’t mind people holding our feet in the fire.”

However, Administrator Mike Costello said the board “has a lot of history” with conditional approvals and makes a practice of not offering them. “A conditional approval goes downtown, gets read…and that’s the last anyone hears of it. All they know from then on [is] that it was approved.

“A promise isn’t good enough,” Costello said. “City staff will adopt a draft as well as San Diego municipal code violations. We have examples. »

The requesting team will return at the next DPR meeting on Tuesday May 17th to show the revised drawings.

Other DPR news

Copa de Oro project: Council has determined that a revised set of plans for a house at 1542 Copa de Oro is substantially consistent with a previously approved coastal development permit.

Applicant Michael Morton said the permit had been approved but the “owner has decided to make some small changes” to add to the rear of the property. After feedback from the city, the pool was removed five feet from the top of a nearby cliff. In doing so, minor adjustments were made to the rooms.

“The biggest change from the street frontage is that the garage is pulled to be parallel to the bedrooms,” Morton said, and square footage has been increased by 281 for a total of 3,936. The height has not changed and the floor area ratio (the size of a building to its land) is 0.40, “well below” the area limits.

A motion to make the preliminary screening final passed unanimously, as did a motion that the project can be found to be in substantial compliance with the previously approved permit.

The DPR approved the previous permit in November 2020. At the time, Morton described the project as a partial demolition, remodeling and addition of 784 square feet to the ground floor of a one-story single-family residence of 2,871 square feet. ◆