An environmental document that examines reconfiguring eight existing lots into eight new lots through a series of lot line adjustments on 18 acres known as La Atayala has opened for public comment through 5 p.m. Nov. 30.
The Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration includes a proposed subdivision map for the property east of Zapo Street, north of Serpentine Drive and south of San Dieguito Drive.
Hemmed in by a solid, concrete-and-plaster wall known locally as Snake Wall, the property spreads across west- and north-facing slopes from a high ridge to sea level near the San Dieguito Lagoon.
“La Atalaya” is Spanish for “high place.”
Prepared by RECON Environmental, Inc., the 817-page environmental document includes evaluations of the property's habitat types, geology and cultural resources. A hard copy of the Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration is available for review at the Del Mar Library.
The document includes a historic evaluation that explores urban legends surrounding the name Snake Wall. One account suggests Snake Wall was so named after a caretaker’s son was bitten by a rattlesnake. A more popular story posits that the wall was built to provide a sense of security to a former owner’s daughter, Valentine Burnett, who was afraid of snakes.
Staff contact: Jennifer Gavin, Associate Planner, 858-755-9313 or email@example.com
Open Notice of Intent to Adopt a Mitigated Negative Declaration
Open La Atalaya Mitigated Negative Declaration (PDF)