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.
La Colonia de Eden Gardens, a neighborhood in Solana Beach, has preserved its distinct character since it was founded in the 1920s by Mexican farmworkers. Developers have long left the neighborhood alone, but now they’re starting to come calling.
In the past few years we’ve seen a lot of land use fights spill onto the ballot: the affordable housing fee, the Barrio Logan community plan update, One Paseo, the Strawberry Fields mall initiative in Carlsbad. And we can expect to see more in 2016.
The “Rethink Downtown” exhibition by Bosa Development is just the latest in the trend of developers using arts and culture to engage the community, peddle their products or maybe a bit of both.
Choked by expensive land and restrictive regulations, some of San Diego’s small, independent developers are looking across the border.
We’ve been digging through the last 10 years of permit data to learn how the city’s dealing with growth, whether city bureaucracy is as stifling as you’ve heard and what’s keeping the situation from improving. Here are four early takeaways.
Data from Civic San Diego, the nonprofit group that issues permits downtown, shows the permit process moves more quickly when developers are charged to get their plans reviewed.
Nationally renowned urban planner Andres Duany came to San Diego to learn from a group of developer-architects who champion small projects with as little red tape as possible. We tagged along for the discussion.
As opponents gather signatures to overturn the affordable housing fee hike, leaders have been making some bold claims about who did or didn’t look for another way forward.
The city’s new economic development plan seeks to deal with one of the regional economy’s most persistent issues: the lack of a sizable middle class.