In 1970, citizens concerned about coastal development and the impact it would have on public access and coastal resources, initiated Prop 20 which later became the Coastal Commission Act (CCA).
The Act restricted development to a maximum of 30 feet.
At approximately the same time, Clairemont residents, outside of the CCA's protection (areas east of Interstate 5) initiated a CPA (Community Plan Amendment) to restrict the maximum building height limit to 30 feet.
The current 30Ft Height Limit extends across the communities of Bay Park, Bay Ho, Overlook Heights and Clairemont Mesa, and it is the only protection we have from the rush to urbanize and over-densify our already built-out environment by the County's "Smart growth" initiative.
The 30Ft limit protects us from the problems of un-checked population growth and unsustainable loads to our failing infrastructure.
Put simply, the answer to "WHY?" City Planners want to bust our height limits and create new areas of increased density stem from the State's mandate to decrease our carbon footprint. While the overall idea may be good, or even necessary, it's the implementation of "Smart Growth" and "City of Villages " around Transit Hubs and Transit Priority Areas that is flawed in our coastal areas that are already built-out environments.
Federal funds appropriated for the building of the Morena Corridor project have fueled a rush by SANDAG, the County and City of San Diego to densify our neighborhoods with re-zoning, or up-zoning, that is inconsistent with our existing Community Plans.
SANDAG funded the Morena Blvd Station Area Planning Study, and the City of San Diego is funding the final draft of the MSP (Morena Specific Plan), and the current CPU (Community Plan Update) in order to change our Community Plan to fit their objectives and goals.
Understanding the concepts behind the push to densify our neighborhoods, bust our height limits, and change our Community Plans will help the reader understand the issues and debate about protecting our 30Ft Height Limit in Clairemont, and the 45 Ft Height Limit in Linda Vista.
- Smart Growth Map
- "City of Villages"
- TOD (Transit Oriented Development)
- TPA (Transit Priority Areas)
- RHNA (Regional Housing Needs Assessment
- Infill Development
LINKS, ARTICLES, & DISCUSSION OF THE ISSUES
- No Parking Spaces within the TPA 1/2 mile radius?
- Protecting the 30Ft Height Limit in Bay Park, and the 45 Ft limit in Linda Vista.
- Linda Vista Ad Hoc Subcommittee Chairman's Response To Morena Specific Plan
- Reject, Reject, Reject! James LaMattery's Response to the Community Regarding The Morena Specific Plan
- Voice Of San Diego - Morena Boulevard Development Will Play in City Council Race
- Morena Corridor Specific Plan