Don’t Block Civic San Diego’s Process and Progress
Instead of trying to take what Civic San Diego does right and replicate it to benefit other urban neighborhoods, Lorena Gonzalez’s AB 504 will upend Civic San Diego’s whole permitting process, adding unnecessary layers of bureaucracy while creating uncertainty.
For years, Civic San Diego has been held up as the model of government efficiency when it comes to approving development projects.
In fact, as Andrew Keatts found, Civic San Diego issued permits more than twice as fast as the city of San Diego’s Development Services Department.
This efficiency is critical because delay can kill development projects. Developers and investors are making big bets when they build projects. They need to be sure the process works well and quickly. But it’s not just developers who benefit from a more streamlined and efficient process. More approved projects translates into more construction jobs created, more tax dollars generated and more investment in our local economy.
So the fact that Civic San Diego is able to move projects along at a steady clip should be considered a good thing, right?
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