Reader Rant: Short Term Rentals Allowed as Ministerial Re-Model on 4600 Block of Orchard

by on June 26, 2017 · 11 comments

in Ocean Beach

Alley view. Photos by Richard Chester

By Richard Chester

Help!! I want to get the word out. More short term vacation rentals are coming soon. Now invading cottage district AGAIN in Ocean Beach.

A Process One Permit which bypasses all review procedures to include local planning boardĀ  has been granted by the city for a remodel to the property at 4651-4653 Orchard AveĀ  in OB Planning District 7.

As I understand my research a Process 1 permit is granted as a ministerial Approval. The decision is made at staff level with little or no personal/ subjective judgement. Use of fixed standards or objective measurements. No public notice, appeal process or community planning board review or input. Construction permits issued on code “By Right ” permits.

The permit was pulled by Expedited Permits of San Diego. The owner of the property is Farrow Trust 11-24-15. The permit describes the remodel at this location as “remodel of rear house w addition of separate guest quarter and the front house to add a second story and an additional separate guest quarters.”

It’s obvious that this is not a Process 1 remodel which is normally granted for improvements that do not add additional square footage.

The July 6th OB Planning Board meeting can’t wait. Lets not have another Green & Ebers , half complete eyesore. We deserve a public hearing. It’s our town.

District 7 Property Owner and preservationist.

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avatar john June 26, 2017 at 1:18 pm

The city is allowing rental units to be built on single family lots to ease the housing crisis. However they are not addressing units being taken off the market through short term rental. – I guess the city views new property taxes as the #1 decision maker. We all need to press the council to ban short term rental. It is creating a divide within coastal communities. Soon there will be no long term community only short term vacation community. Stop it!

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avatar Tom June 26, 2017 at 3:49 pm

The governor signed AB 2299 / SB 1069 into law last September to facilitate increased housing affordability across the state. California law essentially permits accessory dwelling units by right.

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avatar nostalgic June 26, 2017 at 5:24 pm

OPENDSD DESCRIPTION for 4651-4653 Orchard: For remodel and addtion to an existing SDU. Work at 4653 includes remodel of garage level and new carport, partial demo with remodel of new living areas and remodel of leftover portion from 4651 to create a detached bedroom qtrs.

SCOPE CHANGE 12/16/16 – OCEAN BEACH. Combo building permits for remodel and addtions to 2 existing SDU on 2 different lot. Work in 4651 includes partial demo with complete remodel and addition of new 2nd flr. and detached guest quarter. Work in 4653 includes partial demo with complete remodel and detached guest quarters. New site retaining walls 5′-0″ & 3′-0″. RM-1-1. Geo Haz 52. N-APP-2. OB Cottage District. SCOPE CHANGE 12/16/16 – OCEAN BEACH. Combo building permits for remodel and addtions to 2 existing SDU on 2 different lot. Work in 4651 includes partial demo with complete remodel and addition of new 2nd flr. and detached guest quarter. Work in 4653 includes partial demo with complete remodel and detached guest quarters. New site retaining walls 5′-0″ & 3′-0″. RM-1-1. Geo Haz 52. N-APP-2. OB Cottage District.

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avatar nostalgic June 26, 2017 at 5:34 pm

Sorry – Scope Change above got pasted in twice. (Only one Scope Change in Open DSD). This is what the city has used a a project description.

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avatar Richard June 27, 2017 at 7:57 am

The remodels describes the property as two lots. The APN shows one lot. No condo plan has been filed or notice given as required. How can the city miss this. To suggest AB 2299 and SB 1609 in this situation is a reach. As property owners , we are entitled to notice when it effects our neighborhood and the tranquility of our street.

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avatar Richard June 27, 2017 at 8:52 am

Correction: PlanningBoard Meets at 6pm on Wednesday July 5th . Hope to see you there!! Neighbor.

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avatar Bobo June 27, 2017 at 8:59 pm

With all due respect ( and I’m not trying to defend anyone) nut how do you know the intent of the owner is to create a short term rental? What if they are building additional units for long term rentals? A majority of properties properties west of sunset Cliffs are rental units allowing working-class people to live here.

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avatar doug June 28, 2017 at 6:02 pm

BoBo how long you been in OB!
There is a 2% vacancy rate in all of San Diego. Investors are not buying property for the 70% of us who are renters. Lets see what happens at The Planning Board meeting

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avatar Richard June 30, 2017 at 2:01 pm

Bobo….. Just so you know, the two additional separate guest quarters have no kitchens. Only toilet and running water. Maybe sounds like mini hotel? Just saying.

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avatar Bobo June 30, 2017 at 6:32 pm

Well if they have no kitchens, then isn’t that more like extra bedrooms? I guess that depends on if they’re actually detached. Also is the owner living on-site or purely an off site investor? Makes a big difference in my opinion.

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avatar nostalgic July 1, 2017 at 9:17 am

I do not understand this project. If there are two units, then doesn’t each require a kitchen? Can you build one house on two lots? Has anybody actually seen the plans?

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