"Many of the homes that exist in the vicinity are older and likely to be redeveloped," the report states. "If this site were allowed to be developed in the proposed manner, matching proposals on adjacent and nearby lots would likely follow."
A notice submitted to the commission by the architect Brion Jeannette contends that staff members made their conclusions based on bad information, and the home would be suitable for the area. The notice represents the project applicants, Christian Evensen and his wife.
Jeannette also designed the Portabello Estate, the Corona del Mar mansion valued at up to $75 million.
The notice claims that Coastal Commission staff ignored standards that were used to approve other projects in the past.
"Why did staff use photos from 2008, over three years ago, to make this point?" the notice states. "This home is smaller than many of its neighbors and recent approvals."
The staff also claims that the building spans the entire bluff face, which Jeannette says is inaccurate.
"Four of the six adjacent sites (including THIS site) have structures on the top and toe of this bluff," the notice states. "Staff has chosen to ignore these because they are pre-coastal."
The notice also claims that the soils and geologic conditions on the site are suitable for development and not hazardous, as staff claims. It also notes that the staff report ignored several positive features of the planned home, including the lowered height of the building that allows better public views of the ocean, as well as the way the structure would conform to the land slope rather than protrude "in a box-like manner."