The new, seemingly bipartisan consensus is to largely admit defeat in neighborhood-level density fights and instead, just pass citywide policies that make it easier to build within the existing density.
But one of the biggest factors holding San Diego up is its inability to first come to terms with the region’s housing need.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer’s actions have netted little in the way of prospects for new housing, let alone provided for the kind of supply increases that might affect affordability. His density bonus program, though, is hailed as a model for other cities.
The loophole that’s keeping Vista from building true mixed-use projects, Poway’s former superintendent is being investigated, Gaspar zeroes in on homelessness and more in our weekly roundup of news from North County.
Newland Communities wants to build a 2,100-unit housing development across the street and up a hill from the exclusive Golden Door resport. That project, the Golden Door says, is an existential threat.
Most cities define “mixed use” as a combination of residential and commercial development. Vista officials, thinking more about how to kickstart development downtown, allowed developers to decide how much residential or retail they would build, including none.
Developers have the inside track both to staff and elected officials in numerous jurisdictions, often using (and sometimes abusing) their connections and their significant campaign contributions for their personal gain.
Poway Mayor Steve Vaus defended the rejection of a low-income housing project for veterans by saying the project never guaranteed veterans would live there exclusively.
In Poway, a veterans housing project was rejected over fears of low-income housing and the people who would live there.
The rejection of Measure T in Encinitas and Measure B countywide sent a message that many county residents simply aren’t open to new development – whether it happens in established metro areas, or in rural spaces.