By: Michael Morton, AIA La Jolla Shores Permit Review Committee member
Dear La Jolla Planning Association (CPA) and the Residents ofLa Jolla:
La Jolla continues to grow and change, but some want to “shoot the messenger “of that change. Architects and designers are the messenger of that change; they sculpt the designs that will grace La Jolla far into the future. The driving force that is behind this change is the unique geography, scenic beauty and amenities that make La Jolla one of the most desirable places to live on the west coast. La Jolla through its long history has always been a community of constant change, just as the waves are constantly changing the beaches and coast.
Change will occur. The real question is how will that change be managed and under what guidelines? I have served the CPA and the La Jolla community for many years, and my view of a narrow interpretation of the PDO and Municipal Code have been consistent over those years. I have always advocated for good projects and fair assessment of property rights. Some seek to silence this diverse point of view.
The Gatto home will be the “greenest” and “smartest” home in La Jolla. Their home will have a “net zero” footprint in energy consumption by the use of a geothermal well and photovoltaic systems. The sensory system and advanced home energy management system will dynamically adjust as the microclimate changes at the site.
Mrs. Davis continues to misstate the facts and misrepresent the true nature of the project. Surveyors and other consultants have certified that their project, as built, fully conforms to their approved Coastal Development Permit (CDP) and this documentation has been accepted by the City. The Gatto’s have worked closely with their neighbors to address any concerns during construction. They will shortly move into their new home and simply wish to continue to be an active part of the La Jolla Shores Community.
As Mrs. Davis calls for my resignation and her accusations against me and the reputation of my firm, these are totally without merit or cause. I will continue to serve the La Jolla community and the CPA and advocate for property rights and the strict application of the PDO and municipal codes. She is simply trying to silence a voice for reason and fair play in the La Jolla Community.
Michael Morton AIA, Principal
Marengo Morton Architects
Registered Architect C-19371
7724 Girard Avenue, 2nd floor
La Jolla,California 92037