San Diego City staff have recommended that the McMansion-type Burk residence on West Point Loma Boulevard be allowed to be constructed.
This recommendation flies in the face of the Ocean Beach Planning Board’s rejection of the project at their December 2011 Board meeting.
The city Hearing Officer will hear the case on Wednesday, March 14th.
The hearing is located at 202 C St on the 12th floor. Hearing starts at 8:30 a.m. and the Burks residence is early on the agenda.
Here is the link to the agenda.
Here is the link to the official staff report and recommendation.
This is what we reported from the December Board meeting:
If it had passed and ended up being built, this proposed building would seriously add to the gentrification occurring on that particular block of West Point Loma Blvd., which butts up to the beach and its grassy area. The Burk family had submitted the application to demolish the existing two-unit, one-story place at 5170 W. Pt. Loma and construct a three-story, one-family residence, with just less than the maximum allowed, 1750 square feet. If ever built, the Burk residence would join two other similar 3-story projects that either have already been built or have been approved. The last applicant – the Cox residence – was fought by OB planners all the way to the Coastal Commission – unsuccessfully.
So, last night, the planners were unified in their opposition. The main reasons for their stance were:
- To be built, the Burks needed at least two variances from the City of San Diego; there are required standards to obtain a variance and the planners did not believe that the Burks had met them;
- The three story behemoth does not conform to community character;
- The property owners knew that the lot was a “sub-standard” one when they purchased it, so they can’t complain now that the lot is too small for their life-style in order to get a variance;
- Any blight in the neighborhood is caused by the property owners’ neglect, and cannot be used as an excuse for a variance;
Allowing a precedent to be set with this project to be built would affect all of north OB, not just that block of West Point Loma