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Shores License Review Board Approves ‘Weird’ Bondage Leave Request


The La Jolla Shores license review committee addressed an “insanely bizarre” service easement request for Hillside Drive during its December 20 online meeting. On vacation, the City of San Diego waives a public right of way or public service easement and transfers it to one or more adjacent owners.

But for this easement vacation, the PRC Trustees weren’t sure exactly where the six-foot-wide easement was, just that it was somewhere around 7687 Hillside Drive, on three lots, according to Michael Pallamary, the representative of the applicant.

He explained that the easements in this area are only described in the property account written in 1912 by the early planners, rather than on a formal map. “We worked with the city staff (to clear out the easements)… but because of the way the story is written, they also don’t know where the easements are, just that they are there. “

Pallamary focused on vacationing a particular easement, which he says is not used by utilities or the city and is part of a project being built for a house at 7687 Hillside Drive . “This project was approved a few years ago, and by that time we had prepared a report but… the engineers who are handling this project have overlooked the easement issue, which is incredibly bizarre.”

PRC administrator Matt Edwards said he saw this as “a complicated legal issue” and asked why the city is not taking the lead during the holidays. “We’ll have to check… if the city, utilities and other affected parties are on board,” he said.

Pallamary explained that the easement vacations are part of the permitting process as described by the city, which includes obtaining approval from the local planning group.

A motion to support the project was passed 4-1-2 with an objection from Edwards because he said he wanted to see a letter from the city and San Diego Gas & Electric stating they supported the holidays , and Interim President Emerson and Administrator John Shannon abstain.

The PRC heard about the project in question three times in 2018, which would involve building an addition of 3,868 square feet and renovating the interior of an existing 3,126 square foot residence and the construction of a new residence of 6,880 square feet with a new 815 square feet. three car square foot garage located at 7687 Hillside Drive.

The resulting development would be two Spanish-inspired homes of nearly 7,000 square feet each; one is considered the “upper house” given its location upstream from the “lower house”. The latter would not be seen by most passers-by due to the depth of the lot.

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The trustees also supported the renovation of a single story home at 8241 La Jolla Scenic Drive North. Architect Scott Spencer said 844 square feet would be added, primarily to the rear of the property, and that the 1,382 square foot “predominant second story” would be added to the quarter-acre lot (10 185 square feet).

He said the current owners “have been living there for quite some time, but haven’t done anything significant in the house during that time … the house needs to be modernized and updated. The kitchen is small, the bathrooms are small, the bedrooms are small, and there is no family room.

Noting that the house is “one of the few and last remaining one-story houses” in the area, Spencer said the proposed overall height is 27 and a half feet with a setback on the second floor and that most of the current landscaping will remain as is.

A motion that conclusions can be made to support the project was passed unanimously, with Acting President Emerson usually abstaining.

The La Jolla Shores License Review Committee then meets (pending review) at 4 p.m. on Monday, January 10, online. Learn more about lajollacpa.org. ??