PROTECTING THE 30FT HEIGHT LIMIT AND RE-ZONING IN BAY PARK
Land Use and Zoning (height and density allowances) have not been included in the Draft Morena Specific Plan (see plan boundaries) that is scheduled for Environmental Review this May. As a result, no guarantee has been made to maintain the 30ft Height limit or limit units per acre. A guarantee for purposes of the planning process is provided by the final approval of a Draft Plan.
October 2016: Planning Dept inexplicably removed Land Use and Zoning from the draft of the Morena Specific Plan. The action stalls a final decision regarding the 30Ft height limit and re-zoning for allowable units within the boundaries of the Specific Plan. The Draft Plan is scheduled for submission in May for Environmental Review.
October 2016: Letter of Demand to return Land Use and Zoning to the Community Planning Group Subcommittee formed for finalizing the Plan is delivered to Councilmember Zapf and Mayor Faulconer.
April 2017: Councilmember Zapf refuses Subcommittee request, no answer from Mayor.
April 20, 2017: An informational presentation is made by Michael Prinz regarding the Morena Specific Plan progress to the City’s Planning Commission. Commissioners question why Land Use and Zoning has not been included in the Draft Plan prior to submission for Environmental Review. Chairman Hasse advises City Planning to include Land Use and Zoning in the Specific Plan prior to Environmental analysis to provide a “guarantee” and “certainty” to the community and private land owners and developers. See video of Planning Commission Meeting below.
Community-wide campaign to get Land Use and Zoning included in the Draft Specific Plan prior to the Plan being submitted to Environmental Review. Continue the process of finalizing the Morena Specific Plan by fall of 2017 as originally scheduled by the City Planning Dept. See City’s Timeline Chart.
Petition* all of the Commissioners on the Planning Commission to instruct the Planning Dept to include Land Use and Zoning in Specific Plan.
Petition* Councilmember Zapf and Mayor Faulconer to instruct his appointed Planning Director, Jeff Murphy, to include Land Use and Zoning in the Specific Plan prior to Environmental Analysis.
**RTB Committee will draft electronic EMAIL PETITIONS. Once this task is completed, we will need volunteers to pass out flyers, speak with neighbors, inform community groups etc. for signing petitions.
Planning Commission Meeting Analysis
What we can expect from Planning Commission!
Michael Prinz, the lead senior Planner for the Morena Corridor presented an informational update of the Morena Specific Plan to the Commissioners of the City’s Planning Commission on Thursday, April 20th. (Video of Meeting) We encourage every resident to view it in order to understand what’s in store for density proposals for both the Clairemont and Linda Vista portions that make up the MSP boundaries.
The Commissioners are adamant about getting as much housing as possible no matter what the impact to height limits, roadways, parking,etc!
Please pay particular attention to Chairman Hasse when he questions Tate Galloway, Program Manager for Long Range Planning, City of SD Planning Dept regarding why Land Use and Zoning was not included in the MSP and going forward into the EIR process.
The Chair, after listening to City Staff response, states that it should be included and made a formal recommendation that it be included. Read the transcription of this interchange: Chairman Hasse Comments
Hasse’s final statement sums up why RTB is adamant about Land Use and Zoning be returned to the Ad-Hoc Subcommittee, and included in the Draft Plan going forward to environmental review:
“But to the degree that we can, eh, with a Specific Plan, complete that work so that we don’t have to go back through this process again. Part of that is to give the community a guarantee. That if you do it this way, then there’s certainty not only for the community and what they will see, but also certainty for the private land owners and developers.”
The normal process for a specific plan update is that all elements of the plan, especially Land Use and Zoning (height and density allowances) are included in the draft Plan that is submitted for initial environmental review. Excluding any element means that it must go through another process of environmental review at a later time; a cost of taxpayer dollars that Chairman Hasse is attempting to avoid.
RTB will be crafting an EMAIL PETITION within the next two weeks demanding that Councilmember Lorie Zapf instruct the Mayor to instruct his Planning Director, Jeff Murphy, to immediately complete the process with the Ad Hoc Subcommittee recommendations on Land Use and Zoning included in the Draft Plan that will soon be submitted for environmental analysis.
Visit https://www.clairemontplan. org/ to learn more about the Clairemont Community Plan Update and be included on the interest list for future events.
For further information please contact: Marlon I. Pangilinan, Senior Planner at (619) 235-5293 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org
April 29 – Raising The Balloon Once Again
RTB Committee has scheduled April 29nd to raise the red balloon to 90FT in the parking lot of Jerome’s Furniture Warehouse. It will be raised on the site that the owners have proposed to build 1700+ apartments to 90 FT heights.
RTB will be attaching the balloon to a crane to raise it to 90FT. We will be asking everyone in Overlook Heights and the surrounding areas to take pictures of the balloon from their properties to see the effect of 90 FT heights.
We will leave it up to the community to decide what heights are appropriate.
After that event, we will schedule a meeting with the owners of the 20 Acre site to discuss directly with the community what people feel about the different heights.
RTB will need about $700 for the cost of the crane. We are asking the community to donate to the cost, and we prefer small donations from a multitude of neighbors instead of one large one from a few.
Click the link to review all pertinent documents and notes from the April 11 Meeting
For questions or comments regarding the Morena Specific Plan, Bay Park Boardwalk, Protea Project, and Linda Vista Development contact James LaMattery at http://www.jameslamattery.com/
James LaMattery of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices California Properties is donating $500 to Raise the Ballon for every closed escrow in Bay Park, Bay Ho, Overlook Heights and the Greater Clairemont Mesa Area when he either represents a seller, a buyer or both in any new residential property transactions that close escrow.
*For details or to contact Mr. LaMattery please visit his business website at: