One in an occasional series looking at the street-level impacts of San Diego City Hall’s financial problems.
Bill Anderson, the city’s planning director, is worried about Mission Valley. Its community plan is 27 years old. It’s so outdated that the city has had to amend it 10 times — that’s 10 City Council votes — because developers wanted to build projects that wouldn’t have been allowed otherwise.
Community plans, the blueprints for neighborhoods’ growth, are supposed to avoid that. They’re supposed to lay out standards for what a community wants so developers know what they can and can’t build. Perhaps no San Diego community exemplifies the need for that vision more than Mission Valley, where a massive and haphazard construction boom in the last three decades has left traffic jams, labyrinthine streets that inexplicably dead end, not a single neighborhood park and only a makeshift fire station.