Canterbury Woods Wins In Property Use Dispute

NIMBYs on Spazier lose that one.

Canterbury Woods

Citing common sense, a judge Thursday settled a long-running dispute between the city of Pacific Grove and Canterbury Woods, ruling three off-site cottages owned by the retirement community did not violate residential zoning laws.

Judge Tom Wills said residents who lived in the homes did not use them in a manner that differed from their neighbors on Spazier Avenue and 19th Street.

“I really think it turns on whether it’s a commercial use,” he said after listening to lengthy arguments from both sides, “and based on the way the ordinance is drafted and to some extent the historical treatment of these properties, and just common sense, I don’t consider these to be commercial uses.”

Canterbury Woods Wins In Property Use Dispute

Canterbury Woods Employee Charged With Stealing From Resident

C-Side . .

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Jonalyn Doniego, 26, of Seaside was arrested by Pacific Grove police about 11:50 p.m. at her Sonoma Street home, and booked into county jail on two counts of burglary and theft from a dependent adult.

Police said they conducted a lengthy investigation with the help of a private investigator of the suspected theft of jewelry, cash and credit card information from the woman at the Pacific Grove senior community.

Canterbury Woods Employee Charged With Stealing From Resident

P.G. Wins One Against The Episcopalians

Keeping us all safe from encroaching Episcopalians, good job!

A Superior Court judge has upheld Pacific Grove’s right to pursue a cross-complaint in an ongoing legal battle over expansion of a retirement home into a neighborhood.

After a January hearing, city-appointed hearing officer David Spradling found that Canterbury Woods committed four violations of city zoning laws by having dwellings outside the retirement-home campus as additional client units and providing them the same meals and housekeeping services.

He said Canterbury Woods violated the area’s single-family residential zoning by introducing a commercial use in the neighborhood when it expanded beyond the main retirement complex. But he didn’t find the retirement home in violation of its use permit.

P.G. Wins One Against The Episcopalians

Canterbury Woods Suing The City

Canturbury WoodsAhh, nothing we like doing more in PG than litigating.

 

Carol Hart, Phyllis Burkey, Madeleine Litlefield and William and Alice Englander, who are joining in the suit, live in the units.

Spradling found Canterbury Woods violated the area’s single-family residential zoning by introducing a commercial use in the neighborhood when it expanded beyond the property where the main retirement complex is located.

He didn’t find the retirement home in violation of its city use permit.

Canterbury Woods Suing The City

Canterbury Woods Was Wrong Says P.G. Hearing Officer

Canterbury Woods

Another fact that drives home the point I make that Pacific Grove is no longer a city of homes, but a transient rest stop. Give it up for the tourists and get ready to lose tax dollars on defending another lawsuit.

Maybe Canterbury can make some money by renting out the houses as short term stay vacation homes, recently approved by the city. How would those Spazier Avenue residents like that?

Canterbury Woods retirement community violated zoning laws by adding two houses and a duplex in its neighborhood as residential units, said a hearing officer appointed by the city of Pacific Grove.

David Spradling handed down his final decision Monday after a Jan. 7 hearing at City Hall, finding that Canterbury Woods committed four violations of city zoning ordinances by using the dwellings as residential units.

Canterbury Woods Was Wrong Says P.G. Hearing Officer

There Are NIMBYs On My Block!

Canterbury cannot provide services to the homes it owns adjacent to the facility, but others on the block can hire gardeners, housekeepers, pizza delivery etc. What’s the difference?

I see CW providing jobs. Local jobs. And the NIMBYs on Spazier don’t approve.

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Canterbury Woods owned a house at 612 Spazier for more than 30 years, according to its executive director, Norma Brambilla, and the resident did not receive services from the senior citizen complex.

After the occupant retired, Brambilla said, she was assured verbally by city officials that using the property for life-care senior housing was acceptable to the city and would not violate Canterbury Woods’ use permit or the city zoning ordinance, since the property was zoned for single-family residential use.

There Are NIMBYs On My Block!

There’s Episcopalians On My Block!

Spazier street residents fight back!

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A letter sent to Canterbury Woods Executive Director Norma Brambilla last month from senior city planner Lynn Burgess advised that the residences at 612 and 664 Spazier Ave. and the duplex at 872-874 19th St. violated the retirement home’s use permit.

The letter was triggered by complaints from residents on Spazier, and an investigation by city officials showed the permit violation, Burgess said.

The houses, originally used for employees, have been owned for 30 years by Canterbury Woods, Brambilla said.

The same services provided to residents of the main facility — cooking, laundry, cleaning and landscaping — had been extended to the houses all that time, she said.

There’s Episcopalians On My Block!

Attack Of The Old People!!

People repeatedly went to the podium and spoke of their disgust that (shudder) their neighborhood is being taken over by a senior home.

Where was the outcry when 17th street or houses on Lighthouse Avenue were taken out of circulation? If the new residents of homes on Spazier were minorities these comeheres would be attacked. But it’s Old People, so it’s ok . .

Residents said the purchases are an expansion of the retirement home’s commercial activity into their neighborhood in violation of city zoning ordinances.

City Attorney David Laredo said the city couldn’t halt a property purchase, but could halt any improper use of the property, such as extending retiree services from the “main campus” of Canterbury Woods to residents of the houses.

Antique Malarky

Attack Of The Old People!!