Point Lomans Mobilize Against Subdivision Set for Historic Jessop Property – City Council Showdown on Feb. 9th

by on February 4, 2015 · 3 comments

in Culture, Economy, Environment, History, Ocean Beach, Organizing, San Diego

Pt Loma PresPL Jessop Aerial“Preserve Point Loma” Formed to Oppose Development

Point Lomans are mobilizing to save a piece of local history, the old Jessop family estate property in a southeast land portion of the Peninsula – where a subdivision is currently scheduled for development on Pt Loma PresPL Jessop 03the site.  They have formed a group called “Preserve Point Loma” and are facing a showdown over the development at City Council on February 9th.

It’s all over a 4 lot subdivision being proposed for the old Jessop estate, which is located at 414 La Crescentia Drive. Members of Preserve Point Loma believe the project, known as “The Point Loma Summit Subdivision “ is in violation of the Peninsula Community Plan. The project is proposed on a environmentally sensitive steep hillside identified in the 1987 Peninsula Community Plan adopted by the San Diego City Council

Pt Loma PresPL Jessop 01The project – according to the Preserve PL website

“contains deviations to the existing Zoning Code regarding access, setbacks and height; is located on an environmentally sensitive steep hillside and sets a bad precedent for future deviations and variances to the San Diego City land use policies detrimental to community character and our quality of life.”

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The proposed development includes deviations and variances to the San Diego city land use policy regarding required yard setbacks

The Point Loma Summit project was recommended for denial by the Peninsula Community Planning Board on August 15, 2012 by a vote of 12-0-1. But, the San Diego City Planning Commission voted for approval of the project on June 19, 2014.  The final decision is up to the San Diego City Council which meets on Monday, February 9, 2015 at 2pm at City Hall, 202 C St, Downtown.

There is a message from James Jessop, of the original Jessop family on the proposed project:

“This development crowds buildings that are out of place in the neighborhood and add erosion risks to the fragile cliffs by water run-off. The proposed development requires multiple deviations from the requirements of the San Diego Municipal code regulating access, setbacks and height. The proposed subdivision is inconsistent with the Community Plan. I urge the City to Deny the Municipal Code deviations.”

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Geoff Page Geoff Page February 4, 2015 at 12:10 pm

One correction. The Peninsula Community Planning Board (PCPB) voted on July 16, 2012, not August 15, 2012.

I was chair of the PCPB at the time. The project came before the board several times before this vote and it was never looked upon favorably because the developer needed several variances to make the project work. The developer wants to have four homes on the property. Despite the PCPB vote, the Planning Commission approved it, ignoring the local planning board as happens way too often. The City Council vote is next but the outcome may be different because the group against it has gathered 700 signatures from a part of town where those signatures carry weight. It should be an interesting meeting and they would like as many folks to show up as possible. This is truly an example of what a community has emphatically said it does not want versus the developer oriented Development Services Department.

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Steady Ed February 5, 2015 at 12:38 pm

So…what you’re saying is this should be a disc golf course that all of OB can enjoy instead of a 4-plex to be enjoyed by 10?

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JO ANN FIKES February 5, 2015 at 1:12 pm

Why is it so difficult for our regulating bodies to stick to the rules agreed to by the community. This project never should have reached this point. IT IS NOT THE TYPEOF PROJECT THE COMMUNITY DESIRES; THUS THE ESTABLISHMENT OF RULES FOR SETBACKS, DESIGN, HEIGHT RULES, NOT GUIDELINES, RULES! A NO VOTE FROM THE CITY COUNCIL WILL UPHOLD THE WISHES OF POINT LOMIANS.

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