The San Diego Planning Commission's approval of Romney's planned redevelopment in June is being appealed to the California Coastal Commission by longtime La Jolla resident Anthony Ciani.
Because the property fronts the ocean, the coastal commission has the ultimate say on what can and cannot be built there.
Opponents have argued the mansion would limit public beach access, but the Romney's also have supporters among their neighbors, who have expressed support for the project. If approved, the house would be two stories over a basement, with a pool, spa, retaining walls and seawall on a lot that is less than a half-acre.
Coastal Commission staffers have recommended denying the appeal.
—City News ServiceEditor's note: This article previously was published by La Jolla Patch in California.