San Diego City Council chambers. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

A years-long battle over a twice-rejected development proposal in the La Jolla Shores neighborhood is scheduled to return to the City Council for a third time Monday.

Area residents Bob and Kim Whitney want to demolish a pair of single- story buildings in the 2200 block of Avenida La Playa and construct a three- story building — with retail on the ground level and two condominium units above.

According to city documents, the proposed project was approved by the Planning Commission in 2010, but an appeal was upheld by the City Council. The Planning Commission approved the project again the next year, but the council rejected it a second time because of concerns about environmental impacts.

Since then, the developers revised their plans and conducted another environmental study, which the Planning Commission approved in April, according to a city staff report.

The La Jolla Community Planning Association, a group called La Jolla Shores Tomorrow and three individuals appealed the commission’s action to the City Council, contending the project still violates neighborhood design guidelines and offering numerous other objections.

A more specific concern from a woman who lives adjacent to the property, Myrna Naegle, is a proposed 65-foot-long, 30-foot-high wall next to her residence that would block light and ventilation.

City staff concluded that the separation between the buildings would allow for adequate light and air flow, and disagreed with other criticisms of the project. Staff recommended that the City Council deny the appeals at Monday’s meeting.

—City News Service

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