Coastal Height Limit Under Attack

The State was forced to relinquish their attempt to allow our voter approved height limit to be overturned, modified, or suspended for ANY reason.

As badly as we need housing in San Diego, lifting the height limit is NOT the answer, especially in Sports Arena, Midway and Pacific Highway corridors as it will only **incentivize the construction of high-rise luxury towers** that will benefit only developers as these areas can command ocean and bay views.

COUNCILMEMBERS WANT TO RECIND COASTAL HEIGHT LIMIT

Voice of San Diego reported on February 28 that Councilmembers Cambell and Cate have proposed a measure for the November ballot that would recind the Coastal Height Limit for the Midway, Sports Arena and Pacific Highway corridors.

Read VOSD full article here.

The city recently approved an increase of 11,000 new homes in 2018 for these areas.  I believe that this would be a monumental mistake, especially because of the removal of the requirement to provide parking spaces for new development in TPAs (Transit Priority Areas )

In 2019, Senator Skinner authored SB 330, which would have put the mechanism in our housing codes that would’ve allowed the City Council to suspend the coastal height limit without voter approval in the name of the “Housing Crisis.”

Our neighbors and residents campaigned with me against the offensive text in SB 330 and as a result, the bill was amended on May 7, 2019 to protect the voter approved limit.  The amended text reads as follows:

(2) This section shall not be construed to void a height limit, urban growth boundary, or urban limit established by the electorate of an affected county or an affected city on or before January 1, 2018.

The State was forced to relinquish their attempt to allow our voter approved height limit to be overturned, modified, or suspended for ANY reason.

As badly as we need housing in San Diego, lifting the height limit is NOT the answer, especially in Sports Arena, Midway and Pacific Highway corridors as it will only incentivize the construction of high-rise luxury towers that will benefit only developers as these areas can command ocean and bay views.

 

 

 

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