Cliffside development rejected in Point Loma

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SAN DIEGO – San Diego City Council voted to uphold the wishes of Point Loma residents on Monday and deny a multi-million dollar development project.

At the center of the debate is the old Jessop Estate located at the top of the bluff at La Crescentia Drive. The plan is to take two existing lots and split them into four, building several 3,000-4,000 square foot homes.

At the city council meeting, lawyers for the developer presented plans before city council members.

“This project adds three single family homes in an infill area close to the community uses and the proposed density is consistent with the allowable density,” said Robin Madaffer, the attorney representing the developer.

It’s a battle neighbors have waged for over a decade, dozens of neighbors attended the Monday city council meeting. Bill Hamlin is a resident in the area and spoke to Fox 5 prior to the meeting. He said he and other residents suspect property lines have been adjusted to fit more homes.

“We’re immediately below the most southern part of the property,” said Hamlin. “When you get to the actual area that you can build on it’s actually a very small area.”

“The proposed density is consistent with the allowable density,” argued Madaffer.

The developer also said they’ve done their best to work with neighbors.

“There has been all kinds of community outreach and we just simply haven’t been able to come up with a compromise plan that works for everybody,” said Madaffer.

“We’ve shown it in the past that during the rainy season that parts of it will slough off,” said Hamlin.

“It sets a precedent for Point Loma, it sets a precedent on how many houses can be a on a lot and it’s a slippery slope,” said former City Councilman Ed Harris.

When it became apparent the council members favored the appeal, Madaffer offered to remove one of the houses from the proposed project.   Her offer was not considered by the council.

The appeal was granted on a 6-3 vote, with Councilmen David Alvarez, Todd Gloria and Scott Sherman dissenting.

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