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LATEST TRLU NEWS — October 27, 2012

Hello Neighbors,

This is an update to let you know what is happening regarding Project #212995 UCSD Hillel Center for Jewish Life. After a quiet summer, it is time to gear up again.

PREVIOUSLY

June 2012 – The La Jolla Community Planning Association (CPA) recommended City Council denial of development permission for the UCSD Hillel Center for Jewish Life (previously known as Hillel of San Diego Student Center II).

UPCOMING

Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR)

In 2009, the California Court of Appeal ruled that the proposed project requires an Enviornmental Impact Report. We are expecting the DEIR will be available on the city website for public review in the next week and a half (URL to be announced). We will have 30 days from the date of notice to comment. We would like to get as many letters of comment submitted on the DEIR as possible. This forces the City and Hillel to draft a comment for each comment made in each letter.

La Jolla Shores PDO Advisory Board Meeting

November 20, 2012 at 9:00 AM
La Jolla Recreation Center
615 Prospect Street, Room 2
La Jolla, CA 92037

The Advisory Board is required to review the DEIR prior to making its recommendation to the Planning Commission. This is the last hearing body before the project can go before the Planning Commission and City Council. We need 10-15 people to attend the Advisory Board meeting.

LATER

  • Planning Commission – anticipated mid-February 2013
  • City Council – anticipated February/March 2013

CURRENT STATUS

Taxpayers for Responsible Land Use continues to focus on the land use issues related to a UCSD- affiliated student center that has been proposed by Hillel of San Diego – to be built in a residential neighborhood on “Site 653.”

For the past two years, Hillel of San Diego has been working with the City of San Diego to prepare a Court-required full Environmental Impact Report (“EIR”) for the proposed student center. To date, a draft of the EIR has not been made available for public comment. Thus, we do not currently know what the findings and recommendations of the EIR are. However, we anticipate the draft will be made available in the not-to-distant future.

The new proposal is divided in to two phases: Phase 1 will remodel the home at 8976 Cliffridge (which has been used by Hillel for administrative offices for nearly a decade – in violation of the municipal code) for more office space; Phase 2 includes construction of the student center with a design that would make subsequent expansion relatively easy. The new proposal includes a reduction in size from the previously-proposed student center, going from more than 12,000 sq.ft. to around 6,600 sq. ft. Under Hillel’s proposal, after Phase 2 is complete, the administrative offices will be converted to a single-family home again. However, Hillel also states in their plan that if City Council denies the Center Project, Hillel intends to keep the home at 8976 Cliffridge for their administrative offices. Efforts by TRLU to determine ownership of the property have not provided clarity.

On January 24, 2012, Hillel of San Diego made its first public presentation of the new proposed student center to the La Jolla Shores Permit Review Committee (“LJSPRC”). The LJSPRC voted to deny Hillel’s proposal by a vote of 5 to 1 with 2 abstentions. At a subsequent meeting of LJSPRC on March 27, 2012, the committee voted to deny Hillel’s request for a street vacation (or right of way vacation) on La Jolla Scenic Drive N., but also recommended the issue be discussed with the Traffic/Transportation sub-committee of the La Jolla Community Planning Association (“CPA”).

The street vacation issue is critical to the concerns of responsible land use. If approved, it would:

  1. narrow La Jolla Scenic Dr. N. by two feet, further constricting a street used heavily for traffic and parking;
  2. eliminate the existing cul-de-sac, with a loss of 6 parking spaces;
  3. eliminate the current stop sign at the corner of Cliffridge Ave. and La Jolla Scenic Dr. N., resulting in serious hazards to traffic flow.

Findings that must be made to approve any street vacation are stated clearly in the San Diego Municipal Code Section 125.0941. There are four stated findings – all must be met in order to approve a street vacation. None of the stated findings can be made for Hillel’s proposal. Still, on April 26, 2012, Hillel presented their position to the Traffic/Transportation sub-committee, and the street vacation was approved by a vote of 4 in favor and 3 against.

Julie Hamilton is the attorney for TRLU and has been the spokesperson for the land use support group at each meeting. She has presented our position in a thoroughly professional, concise and dispassionate manner. Because the most recent traffic study was not available at the time of the April 2012 Traffic/Transportation meeting, Julie requested that this item be put back on the agenda for the May 24, 2012 Traffic/Transportation meeting, which did not happen.

TRLU has been informed the Hillel Project will go back to the Traffic/Transportation Committee on June 28, 2012 – check back for more details.

Taxpayers for Responsible Land Use

In June 2006, TRLU filed a lawsuit to challenge the proposed development of Site 653, a city-owned parcel in a residential area, located at the corner of Torrey Pines Road and La Jolla Village Drive. The lawsuit contested the City of San Diego's approval of construction of a massive student center on Site 653 and authorization of a below market sale of the parcel. TRLU prevailed in February 2009, when the San Diego Court of Appeals ruled that the project applicant and City of San Diego must follow California Environmental Quality Act guidelines and submit a full environmental impact report. The applicant responded to the ruling in October 2010 by submitting a new proposal, subject to an environmental impact report. TRLU remains opposed to the project based on potential impacts on community character, land use, traffic, parking, and growth. Please support TRLU's mission by staying informed and being involved. For more information, or to donate, please contact us via email at [email protected]
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Taxpayers for Responsible Land Use3 months ago
Update on planning commission hearing for today. The planning commission voted in favor of the Hillel building to proceed forward. We would like to thank all of you for your support in our efforts and we are on to the next stages of making sure our neighborhoods stay home!
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Taxpayers for Responsible Land Use3 months ago
Neighborhoods Matter! Keep our #LaJolla neighborhoods from commercial construction of UCSD Hillel Center for Jewish Life at the mouth of La Jolla Shores community.

Website → www.trlu.org

TRLU Planning Commission Hearing information - https://www.facebook.com/events/322198288196737/
Taxpayers for Responsible Land Use
Taxpayers for Responsible Land Use3 months ago
Neighborhoods Matter! Keep our #LaJolla neighborhoods from commercial construction of UCSD Hillel Center for Jewish Life at the mouth of La Jolla Shores community.

TRLU Planning Commission Hearing information - Please RSVP → http://ow.ly/TE2O30aVK1V
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Taxpayers for Responsible Land Use3 months ago
Support your local neighborhood! TRLU needs your help to preserve a #LaJolla neighborhood at the mouth of #LaJollaShores from commercial construction. If you are a #SanDiego resident or member of the La Jolla community please spread the word and contact your local council members!

TRLU Planning Commission Hearing RSVP & Info → http://ow.ly/l6eu30aQAdi

Councilmember Barbara Bry City Councilmember Lorie Zapf Councilmember Chris Ward Myrtle Cole San Diego City Councilman Mark Kersey Councilmember Georgette Gómez
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Taxpayers for Responsible Land Use added 2 new photos.3 months ago
Preserve our beautiful neighborhoods!! Stop UCSD Hillel Center for Jewish Life (Hillel) from building on a parcel of land located at the mouth of the #LaJolla Shores.

Join us at the Planning Commission hearing on April 27, 2017. The hearing will be held at 202 C Street, San Diego @ 9:00 am on the 12th Floor

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Councilmember Barbara Bry Councilmember Chris Ward Myrtle Cole Councilmember Georgette Gómez Councilmember Scott Sherman San Diego City Councilman Mark Kersey City of San Diego