Raise The Balloon.com is a public participation platform, formed in 2014 to boost widespread community awareness of Mayor Faulconer's campaign to update our community plans under his Climate Action Plan (CAP).
We believe that more San Diegans need to weigh in on the increases of density and housing policy guidelines forced upon us by an out-of-step Mayor, City Council and state legislature bent on developer backed attempts to seize local control of housing decisions.
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Senate housing Bills 330 & 592
Both bills seek state control over local housing decisions. In San Diego County, we have community planning groups, that are the only recognized voice of the public (residents that have to live with the decisions), that work with the Planning Departments in drafting, processing, and implementation of our community plans.
Community Planning Groups provide important input when re-zoning occurs. These resident groups make sure that the adverse effects of new development and lack of infrastructure are addressed and resolved by the city. Without them, no one would hold public officials accountable in decisions made over community plans.
The two bills allow a developer to override local planning group input, recommendations and existing zoning in cases where a General Plan calls for more housing density than the community plan. The bills also limit, restrict and in some cases, remove community planning group review of certain residential housing projects.
Both bills are supported by big development wall street special interest groups that are currently funneling money into campaigns to change the way California builds housing. Most notably, these efforts include the attempt to abolish single-family zoning altogether in order to allow multi-family apartments to be built in them, such as SB50.
Talk Housing, San Diego New Video Series
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In the first of the series, "Talk Housing, San Diego," James LaMattery speaks about loss of local control of housing issues facing San Diegans...
Morena Plan Approved- Residents Prepare to Sue
The plans will add 7,016 new units between Tecolote Rd and Friars Rd, and 4,729 units between Balboa Ave & Garnet. An additional 3,000 units are proposed and expected to be approved between Clairemont Dr & Tecolote Rd unless residents can stop the approval in the Clairemont Community Plan Update Process.