Nor will they be welcoming Council Members Matt Sullivan and Cindy McGovern, who sided with the neighbors in opposing the Lopez bid.
Still, the Lopez couple won the three votes they needed from Mayor Jennifer Hosterman and Council Members Cheryl Cook-Kallio and Jerry Thorne to turn down an appeal of the city Planning Commission's earlier approval of the home addition. Besides a 1,038-square-foot second floor, the Lopezes also won approval to add 80 square feet to their first floor of their home at 6114 Homer Court.
Neighbors David and Stephanie Persin, who live behind the Lopez home at 6209 Robin Court, said the second floor addition would be an eyesore in a neighborhood of single story homes and would destroy their viewscape and block sunlight into their home. Others on Robin Court and Homer Court agreed, saying they are concerned about the potential "shadow impact" of the proposed project.
Six other speakers who live farther away spoke in favor of the Lopez project. They said the city has allowed second floor additions to 15 other homes in Val Vista and that to deny the Lopez project would be a disincentive for other homeowners who want to stay in Val Vista but want to add more space.
Sullivan, in supporting the appeal, said the Lopez home occupies a 6,521-square-foot lot, similar to others in the neighborhood, with 1,489 square feet of floor space, almost about the same size as the others. But with the additions proposed, the Lopez home would have 2,607 square feet of floor space with a 40% floor-area-ratio (FAR), nearly twice the FAR of similar homes in the area.
"I just don't think that size of a home fits into this neighborhood," he said.
McGovern pointed out that the proposed Lopez home would have six bedrooms and four bathrooms, all on a 6,500 square foot lot.
"It would be humongous," she said. "It's just too big."
But city staff and the Planning Commission said the proposed addition meets all of the lot use and other requirements in the city code and should be allowed.
"There's no restriction against two-story homes (in Val Vista) and other two-story homes currently exist within the area," Brian Dolan, director of community development, stated in his report recommending approval of the Lopez petition.