Mayor Kevin Faulconer has decided to remain loyal to the idea of expanding the Convention Center in one place along the bayfront. But that’s not the end of the story. Not only will the mayor need to persuade voters to increase taxes, he must also overcome another lawsuit from Cory Briggs.
Randy Goodson, the developer of the massive development seeking approval in rural Valley Center, sits on the board of directors for the San Diego North Economic Development Council, which voted in April to endorse the project. He decided not to recuse himself from the vote.
Residents worry two lots near a City Heights transit station will be used, ironically, to accommodate more drivers.
The decision about where to put the next big Convention Center expansion and how to pay for it is looming once again, and other public officials are counting on Mayor Kevin Faulconer to lead the way after seeing the last plan torpedoed in court.
The developer of Lilac Hills Ranch must widen certain roads in order to meet safety standards. But if private property owners won’t sell their land to make it happen, the county might use its eminent domain power to force people into selling.
The developer of the massive project that would add about 1,700 homes to rural Valley Center has clashed with community members and local agencies. Yet county planners have recommended Lilac Hills be approved.
Lawsuits involving Lilac Hills Ranch, a massive project in Valley Center, offer a peek behind the curtain at how big developments come together. The developer, Accretive Investments, pieced together land for the project using about 20 LLCs and LPs with different names.
Fire officials have said they can’t protect it. County staffers have said it’s wildly out of step with guidelines for growth. So far, Accretive Investments has gotten around every hurdle standing in the way of the project.
“If you built it, hopefully they won’t come” seems to be the Coastal Commission’s answer to San Diego International Airport’s request to build a massive parking garage on North Harbor Drive. Airport officials said in 2009 the structure wasn’t needed.
Proposal for $200 million from the city and $150 million from the county would be more from the city than taxpayers spend now and a new step for the county.