According to Dorian Hargrove – a blogger for the San Diego Reader – Ocean Beach will see an increase of 1,400 dwelling units if the City’s Update for the OB Community Plan goes through.
OBcians will have an opportunity to comment on the new proposed draft plan Update Tuesday, August 9th, at a meeting at the Rec Center from 7 to 9 pm.
Back on July 26, the City announced that it will prepare the draft EIR (environmental impact report) for the OB Community Plan Update. And in Hargrove’s article, it was stated:
The proposed community plan update would allow additional dwelling units on 99 parcels, or 121 acres, in the small coastal community. Current zoning in that area calls for 9 dwelling units per acre. The proposed changes would change that to 15 dwelling units per acre, a net increase of 126 units.
That’s just in one area of Ocean Beach. In all, if the proposed zoning amendments remain, the community will see an increase of 1,399 dwelling units. (our emphasis).
The draft EIR by the city is supposed to address potential land use issues, impacts to quality of life, economic viability, and the preservation of historical beach cottages.
Come out to the “scoping meeting” which will be at the OB Recreation Center from 7pm to 9pm on Tuesday, August 9th. The Rec Center is located at 4726 Santa Monica Avenue. The meeting will be run by City officials.
These changes are from the City of San Diego’s over-all plan of “City Villages” which is has been trying to implement for years. And this by a city that doesn’t even have a planning department any longer.
1400 new housing units in Ocean Beach is way over the top, to say the least. Where would they go? Can you imagine so many new apartments, condos and housing units any where in Ocean Beach, which is already considered very dense by any standard?
The City Village concept promotes “mixed use” residential and commercial, which encourages housing units on top of commercial establishments on the bottom floor. This would allow, for example, plans to move ahead and change Newport Avenue by tearing down old, existing businesses and installing housing units above newly constructed businesses.