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Don Wood
Don Wood subscriber

Thanks for the detailed explanation, which shows that the ultimate decision makers on zoning issues are the elected city council members. While community planning committees and the city planning commission can make recommendations, the real decision on whether to upzone an individual property for greater heights or densities are made by politicians who are always hungry for political contributions to their next electoral campaigns. This system inevitably leads to city council members "selling" upzones to developers in return for political contributions. Unless another, less corrupt way of conducting land use planning is developed in the City of San Diego, this will remain the case.

Don Wood
Don Wood

Thanks for the detailed explanation, which shows that the ultimate decision makers on zoning issues are the elected city council members. While community planning committees and the city planning commission can make recommendations, the real decision on whether to upzone an individual property for greater heights or densities are made by politicians who are always hungry for political contributions to their next electoral campaigns. This system inevitably leads to city council members "selling" upzones to developers in return for political contributions. Unless another, less corrupt way of conducting land use planning is developed in the City of San Diego, this will remain the case.

Joshua Brant
Joshua Brant subscriber

“The system doesn't lend itself to new ways of thinking, or thinking of how one community fits into a larger vision of our city as a whole,” he said. “We often don't give the information to people to tell them that — though the general plan defines the city as a whole, and the community plan defines that corner of the city — you need to think of your community, but also the city as a whole.”]

JBZ
JBZ

“The system doesn't lend itself to new ways of thinking, or thinking of how one community fits into a larger vision of our city as a whole,” he said. “We often don't give the information to people to tell them that — though the general plan defines the city as a whole, and the community plan defines that corner of the city — you need to think of your community, but also the city as a whole.”]