Transit B4 Density
What We Want
California is in an affordable housing crisis. Debate about what has caused, and what will fix the crisis rages as the price of homes skyrocket. Whatever the fix, read more...
What We Don't Want
"The Housing Crisis Act of 2019" (sb330) and "The More Housing Act" (sb50) will be state law by the end of the year if communities across the state don't take action now. These disastrous California senate bills are making their way unanimously through senate committees in Sacramento. Neither are good fixes to California's affordable housing crisis. RTB is committed to engaging all San Diegans in the conversation about these bills and the larger housing crisis we all face.
What We Do
We host community forums, neighborhood meetings, and protest events to increase public participation in the planning process of our communities. We also provide electronic petitions for residents to sign, and are currently involved with a new statewide initiative that will be launched by June 2019.
What We Need
We need community support and volunteers to distribute event flyers, sign and forward petitions to friends and family, and speakers who are articulate with the issues.
Homeowners willing to host in-home neighborhood meetings to alert their neighbors in their surrounding blocks can contact RTB for speakers and meeting materials.
Finally, we need monetary contributions to pay for online services, publishing material and printing supplies.
UPCOMING RTB MEETINGS
Bay Park, Bay Ho, Overlook Heights & Clairemont
Andres Cuban Restaurant
1235 Morena Blvd
Status of 30ft Height Limit and Morena Specific Plan
Hosted by James LaMattery, Spokesperson RTB
Guest Speaker Attorney Cory Briggs
Last year, Senate bill (sb) 827 was defeated in its first committee cycle. Sb 50 and sb330 are workarounds of sb827 from the California state senate. Both bills have progressed further through the senate committees than sb827.
The bills seek to remove local control of planning from municipalities, cities and counties in California. They will revoke and suspend voter approved building height limits and density maximums that have historically protected our communities from over-densification.
Raise The Balloon.com is a grassroots public participation platform. For a more comprehensive analysis of the bills and their impact, please visit Grow The San Diego Way.
The Chain of proposed Legislation to enact the "Housing Crisis Act of 2019"
The links will take you to active petitions to sign electronically.
- Removal of parking space requirements for new projects located in and around TPAs. Land use attorney, Cory Briggs, filed a lawsuit against the City of San Diego over removal of parking space requirements.
- sb50-removal of building Height Limits in TPAs outside of Coastal Commission & Proposition D protection. Sb50 has almost unanimously passed two critical senate committees.
- sb330- could suspend, until 2030, Coastal Height Limits currently protected by Proposition D boundaries*
IMPORTANT NOTES AND NEWS ARTICLES ON THE SENATE BILLS
*Nancy Skinner’s SB 330, would roll back many city and county home-building regulations for a decade. Skinner’s office told the Los Angeles Times this week that the bill would apply to San Diego’s coastal height limit, a sacred cow that has defined development in beach communities for decades." Los Angeles Times: Bay Area Leads Charge On Fixing Housing Crisis
Read GTSDW: "Jobs Rich" areas subject to removal of height limits. Pdf version Job Rich Areas
Read VOSD: Bill Would Suspend Height Limits
BALLOON MARCH II
A SAN DIEGO COUNTYWIDE PROTEST MARCH AGAINST THE REMOVAL OF PARKING SPACE REQUIREMENTS, BUILDING HEIGHT LIMITS, CEQA PROTECTIONS AND LOCAL LAND USE CONTROL OF THE PLANNING PROCESS.
What's At Stake?
In the 1970s, San Diego voters implemented a 30-foot height limit for construction along the city’s coastline and required a public vote to build taller.
Senator Scott Wiener's bill, sb50, introduced in December 2018, will override the protective height limit to enable new market rate housing near transit.
Sen. Nancy Skinner (D-Berkeley) introduced Senate Bill 330, in January 2019, entitled The Housing Crisis Act of 2019 to do away with many city and county restrictions on homebuilding for a decade — a response, she’s said, to the scope of the state’s housing challenges. San Diego’s coastal height limit would be suspended until 2030 for new homes should the bill pass, a spokesman for Skinner said.
What's at stake is the public's local control of land use issues in our neighborhoods. Last year, sb827 was roundly rejected by lawmakers. This year they are trying to implement a work-around with the passage of sb50, and sb330.
SB330 SUSPENDS THE CALIFORNIA COASTAL HEIGHT LIMIT UNTIL 2030.
State control over local land use removes all current local jurisdiction and rights to appeal building height limits, requirements for developers to provide parking spaces in new projects built in TPAs, leaves the provision of infrastructure upgrades and additional public services to local cities and municipalities that lack the resources to implement them, and removes adequate CEQA review necessary to mitigate the affect of packing dense projects in our neighborhoods.
We are not sitting idle and hoping our Sacramento Lawmakers will protect us. None of our local lawmakers have taken a stand against sb50 or sb330.
To protest the bad policy moves by local lawmakers who are thinking about suspending or removing Coastal Act CEQA protections & Prop D height limits, and who voted for removing parking space requirements, we're organizing Balloon March II, similar to our organized protest in 2014 where we used a 10ft diameter helium filled balloon flown at 60 ft, marched it down Morena Blvd with 450 neighbors (see video above) in protest over the city's removal of our 3o ft height limit in Bay Park.
Community Activist and Spokesperson, James LaMattery, warns the SD City Council that approval of the draft Morena Corridor Specific Plan will allow unrestricted building of ocean and bay view luxury units and demands that the City Council find a fix for the in-lieu fee loophole before the Plan is moved forward.
Above: Community activist and spokesperson for RTB, James LaMattery, warns SD City Council that removal of the requirement for parking spaces will disadvantage the lower income families that need housing.
Parking Ordinance Repeal Petition -Please sign and forward the petition to friends and families to let the City Council know that you are opposed to this new ordinance and want it repealed immediately.
Parking Ordinance O-2019-101, the Housing SD: Proposed Parking Requirement Regulatory Reform for Multifamily Residential Development in Transit Priority Areas was approved on 3/19/2019.
Raise The Balloon (RTB) was founded in 2014 in response to the City of San Diego's rush to densify our neighborhoods and bust our maximum building height limits. An organic local movement, grown from grassroots volunteer efforts, RTB has evolved into a county-wide push to engage community participation in the planning process of the San Diego General Plan and the County's Regional Comprehensive Plan.