The proposed Vista Mar project is located on Monterey Road, just south of where it intersects with Hickey Blvd. The housing consists of eight luxury condominiums on a 1.2 acre parcel of land with an average 52 percent slope and a history of landslides. Poor storm water drainage and a probable wetland were not considered or studied before Council approved this project. A nearly identical project was rejected in 1991 because of excessive grading and retaining walls, traffic/parking issues and the overall environmental impact.
Javier Chavarria, had submitted a similar application for this property in 1991. Guess what? He was required by the Planning Department to do proper soils analyses as part of the development application (12 soil borings in different areas of the site where the buildings were actually proposed, versus the two borings by the sidewalk allowed in the current application), and those reports found four landslides on the site, one described as active! The City’s geotechnical consultant in the 90’s called for digging pits into the landslides to study them. Chavarria responded by cancelling the project, on March 31, 1992. Then the City somehow forgot about these hazards.
Vista Mar City Council Appeal Hearing - November 23, 2020 (starts at 1:42:30)
Vista Mar Project Plans
Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration
Including project Geotechnical Report
Hom Geotechnical Report for 1991 Project
(showing 4 landslides on site)