Until now, there wasn’t any objective understanding of the system by which the city decides where and what can be built around San Diego. Discussion around the system has been entirely anecdotal. But after a sustained push from Voice of San Diego, the city has released records from its permitting system. We’re using the newly released data to get solid answers to basic questions, and see what else we can learn about the city in the process.
When it’s done, Lloyd Russell’s new Bankers Hill project, with its modern design and 46 apartments, won’t be as tall or house as many people as others in the neighborhood. It’s in line with the community’s existing urban character, and four of the units will be reserved for low-income residents.
Russell’s project isn’t a monster. It fits the community and has all the stuff good development is supposed to have. And even though it was approved relatively quickly compared with projects requiring the same permit, it still took nearly a year and cost over $200,000 in additional review costs.
Other projects get approved in just over a month.
Why the difference?
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Disappointing to me that this article fails to address the key issues here: Why are the overwhelming majority of the city’s community plans out of date, who is responsible for updating them, and what is the plan/timeline?
Part of the problem is that many if not most of the community plans are very old. In the Rolando area the plan is over 25 yrs. old and the city claims it cannot afford the cost of doing the updates.