Rancho Santa Fe residents circulate petition on land use issue

A group of Rancho Santa Fe residents is circulating a petition, asking the RSF Association board to hold a discussion of a land-use issue related to The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe at its April 7 meeting.

The issue regards Resolution 2015-106, which was approved by the RSF Association in June, regarding a proposed subdivision on The Inn property.

The residents circulating the petition for signatures contend that RSF Association rules were not followed when the resolution was approved last year.

Specifically, they question whether the issue was discussed by the Covenant Design Review Committee, formerly the Art Jury; whether nearby residents were properly notified; and whether the RSF Association board held a public hearing as required.

“We really feel this issue strikes to the heart of the Covenant and the CC&Rs,” said Marie Addario, a former RSF Association board president and one of the petition circulators. “We do not believe the process has been properly followed.”

Ken Dunford, a former Art Jury member who lives near The Inn property, said, “ I share the concern that the normal process appears to not have been followed. Neighbors in the sphere should have been notified, and appear not to have been. That raises a red flag.”

According to a report on the June 4, 2015 board agenda, the proposal covers 7.91 acres and includes 16 units. Under the proposal, said the report, two existing homes would be demolished and five new homes built on the site, called the Orchards.

Christy Whalen, communications manager for the RSF Association, declined to comment on the petition or the questions it raises. She said it has not been determined if the item will be placed on the April 7 agenda, but that the agenda would be posted on Friday, April 1.

John Kratzer, president and CEO of JMI Realty, which owns The Inn, wrote in an email, “We were contacted by the Rancho Santa Fe Association Board, who along with Staff is looking into this matter. My understanding is that it is unclear whether the staff person who was assigned to our project followed all of the typical procedures. They are currently researching this and we will obviously cooperate in whatever manner they request.”

Kratzer said The Inn will be presenting its proposal to the San Dieguito Planning Group on April 14.