This story has been updated.
Otay Mesa is a sprawling 9,300-acre community along San Diego’s Mexican border that’s in the midst of formulating its plan for future growth. But one 50-acre property could blow it all up.
Otay Mesa’s new community plan has been in the works since 2001 and has cost millions to produce. It’s expected to go before the City Council for final approval next month.
As the project moves forward, however, there’s major disagreement over the future of one particular property, despite widespread agreement over the other 9,250 acres.
Torrey Pines Bank owns 50 acres just east of La Media Road, bisected by I-905. The southern, 33-acre piece has been designated for commercial use since 1981. City planners now want to designate it for industrial space.
That would make the property considerably less valuable, a possibility that prompted Torrey Pines to hire a lobbyist to protect its interests.