Whispering Palms has changed considerably since its inception in the 1960’s. Villas I, The Villas, Alcala and Belmundo Developments have all been built out. From the air you can see we only have one large parcel left and that vacant lot seems to be the center of controversy the past 15 years. The developer, Newport Pacific has plans to build a mixed use residential and commercial facility on the lot. What has some neighbors up in arms is that the empty lot would house 54, 2 bedroom apartments at approximately 1,100 square feet filling 9, 2 story buildings. The apartment buildings would be surrounded by two retail buildings and one office structure bringing the project to a total of 12 buildings. As of June 25th, 2012 The County of San Diego has reviewed the existing Environmental Impact Report (previously ordered by a Superior Court judge) and as of today, certified the EIR as valid and certified them just last week. Whispering Palms Community Council filed an appeal on the certification. However, through an error in the procedure in which the appeal was filed, it was not considered valid and denied due to its validity. It is a “hot spot” with the developer (who owns a majority of Belmundo Development) and a faction of the residents of Whispering Palms. There will be a meeting on June 26th at 7pm with the entire community to determine further actions the Whispering Palms Community Council should take.
As of 7/12/2013- Judge Moss ruled that the Environmental Impact Report was (in his mind( considered valid) and he denied the “writ of appeal filed by the residences. Now David Nugent and Jeff Carmel, both figureheads of the Whispering Palms Community Council have filed an appeal and get a new judge in the Supreme Court. No hearings will occur until the end of the year 2013.
For more information on the proposed project: http://www.whisperingpalmsrealty.com/palma.html