OB says no to dense development

by on August 26, 2010 · 3 comments

in Culture, Economy, Ocean Beach

gentrifiedhouses-saratoga03Proposal could lead to denser development in coastal hamlet

By Christopher Cadelago / UNION-TRIBUNE / August 26, 2010

OCEAN BEACH — The main advisory group for land use and development in Ocean Beach has rebuffed a proposal that could weaken building restrictions in the coastal community.  The Ocean Beach Planning Board this month unanimously rejected plans to change what many architects and bureaucrats refer to as the “floor area ratio” and bring it in line with standards in place across the city. Board members argued that increasing the current ratio or relaxing parking requirements could spur too much development and lead to the eradication of an estimated 300 to 400 historic cottages.

“We have seen the Miamification of neighboring beach communities,” Chairman Giovanni Ingolia said. “Through foresight, leaders here were able to keep Ocean Beach the small, quaint community we’re accustomed to.”

Neighborhood leaders four decades ago were among the earliest to adopt plans that restricted new development to 30 feet in height and prevented resort-type expansion.  “I would say it’s a point of pride. It’s what keeps our community character and maintains our historical feel,” Ingolia said. “For us, this has become sacred policy.”

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avatar katie evans August 27, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Thank you OB Planning Board! I have been a long time OB resident, and I appreciate the eclectic nature and quaintness of my town. We don’t need big developers or big developments here. Let’s keep OB on it’s current slow growth path!

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avatar Shane Finneran August 30, 2010 at 8:58 pm

I agree 100% – much the charm of the homes of OB comes from their individuality and smaller-scale style. Great call by the planning board.

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avatar Shane Finneran August 30, 2010 at 8:59 pm

…much ‘of’ the charm…

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