“Raise the Balloon” (RTB) is a metaphor for raising the awareness of the public to local and state planning changes happening in their communities.
Raising the Balloon is similar to erecting a story pole. Prior to construction, story poles can be requested or required by court order to depict the outline of a development project for view assessment.
In 2014, RTB flew its 10-ft diameter helium balloon at 60ft, demarcating the height to which the City of San Diego wanted to allow new construction around TPAs along Morena Blvd.
On June 8, 2019, RTB will fly the balloon at 100 ft to demarcate the desire by the mayor of San Diego, Kevin Faulconer, to remove or suspend all inland height limits in San Diego County around TPAs.