The Ocean Beach Planning Board (OBPB) hosted a committee meeting Wednesday, July 20th, to begin discussion about potential community projects that could benefit from almost $24million in grants that the San Diego Association of Governments (SANDAG) is making available to provide incentives for Smart Growth projects within the region.
Previously biased toward walkability and transportation projects, the grant process was opened up by the ad hoc committee of the OBPB to those community organizations and individuals who would like to have a dog in the grant money hunt. The ad hoc committee met in the OB Recreation Center in order to meet the SANDAG deadline of August 1, 2011, for community planning groups to provide suggested changes to the existing. SANDAG will provide for the updated map this Fall with an additional timeline for specific project applications in the Spring of 2012.
Although OB already has its foot on the Smart Growth map, ad hoc Committee Chair Landry Watson saw the initial meeting as vital to obtain funding for those ‘shovel ready’ projects the community has seen caught in a rip tide of the political economy at City Hall. With their sights fixed on Planning and Capital Improvement funds, the community at large and representatives from the OB Historical Society, OB Community Development Corporation (OBCDC), OB Mainstreet Association (OBMA), and OB Town Council peppered the Chair with suggestions.
Some of the suggestions:
- historical review of entire OB
- improvement and expansion of public comfort stations
- Veterans’ plaza improvements
- completion of OB Entryway to include the “missing link” of the Robb Field bike path
- eliminate parking on Sunset Cliffs Blvd and create bike lanes
- more bicycle racks and pedestrian safety improvements
- improvements to pier parking lot
Since this was the Committee’s initial meeting there was also the matter of electing a Chairperson and establishing boundaries. In as much as the OBPB is an advisory board to the City of San Diego and as such cannot apply for the grants itself, the ad hoc committee is leaving an opening for a Co-Chair preferably someone with experience in grant writing. For more information, contact Landry Watson at firstname.lastname@example.org
Also see the SANDAG website