For months, I scanned the social-networking-for-neighbors app Nextdoor with relatively passive interest. But over the last several weeks, things started getting a little weird in South Park.
The average San Diegan is likely unaware of the city decisions that have been made and the implications for their neighborhood. And that may mean trouble when it comes time for implementation.
City officials want to make people who rent out their homes on sites like Airbnb get one of two special permits. The city’s own data, however, shows a resident can plan on waiting about a year to get either one permits.
Home-based businesses are considered an “accessory use of a property,” so putting short-term rentals in that category would make sense. That way, San Diegans could take part in the sharing economy while preserving our neighborhoods.
Many southeastern San Diego residents and advocates urged the City Council to give Civic San Diego Director Reese Jarrett a chance before adding a layer of oversight.
The planning process is already cumbersome, but community health advocates are pushing for additional reviews that look at health in broader terms. That’s come in handy with the planning of a new skate park in City Heights.
City planners are eyeing changes to Grantville: They want to take the industrial area and turn it into one with lots of apartments and retail storefronts, an urban village based around the neighborhood’s trolley stop. But if history’s any guide, that’ll be easier said than done.
When Mayor Kevin Faulconer cut off funding for the Civic Innovation Lab, a nascent mini-department conceived to solve city problems, his office tried to soften the blow by saying nobody was losing their job. Now the lab’s four members are unemployed.
City Heights youth have sustained a sophisticated campaign for a skate park. Councilwoman Marti Emerald says they’ll finally get their wish, thanks to a state grant.
Mayor Kevin Faulconer says more homes will stabilize housing prices. How does he want to boost supply? Mostly by adding funding to existing efforts, and the ever-popular streamlining of regulations, restrictions and processes.