Jeff Smith 2:30 p.m., June 26
Mitt Romney's renovation hits a snag. Appeal filed to halt project.
Planning Commission to discuss the appeal at an upcoming meeting.
Mitt Romney has seen some ups and downs this year. The latest bad news focuses on his plans to tear down his beachside home in La Jolla in order to put up a two-story, 11,062 square-foot home with an attached garage, basement and improvements to the existing pool and spa.
On June 27, San Diego's planning commissioners will discuss an appeal filed in protest to the permits issued to the former Republican candidate for President.
"As a property owner, tenant, or person who has requested notice, you should know that a public hearing will be held by the Planning Commission to consider an appeal of the Hearing Officer’s decision to certify a Mitigated Negative Declaration and approve a Coastal Development Permit and Site Development Permit..." reads a public notice posted by the Development Services Department.
The aspiring first couple revisited their plans to renovate the Barber-tract home just two days after the election, as we reported this past March.
"I just heard from Mitt. He [and] Ann want to proceed with the [Coastal Development Permit] ASAP, so please re-activate," wrote Matthew Peterson, an attorney for the Romneys on November 9, 2012.
Months later, Peterson, continued to push the project forward.
"Mitt wants to be involved in everything... I am meeting...at the site with Mitt to confirm that there is no public view issue on [February 8]. I cc'd Kelly [Broughton] because he is working on breaking the log jam regarding finalizing environmental documents," wrote Peterson in an email with the project manager on January 31.
With the recent appeal, it appears as if more time could have been useful.
Michelle Sokolowski, project manager for the City, did not respond to questions in time for publication.
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