Tonight – June 2nd at 6pm
at Dog Beach Dog Wash
An urgent meeting has been called for tonight, June 2nd, by OB planners in order to formulate a response to how the San Diego Planning Commission dealt with the OB Plan Update last week.
The planners also also putting together a presentation for the City Council, which is scheduled to review the Plan on June 30th.
The meeting is open to any OBcean, and will be held at 6pm at the Dog Beach Dog Wash, 4933 Voltaire Street.
Tonight’s important get together is being called by the Co-Chairs of the sub-committee on the Plan Update. Members of this group have been working with City staff – some for years – in preparing the Update.
What has upset local planners is that the Planning Commmission at last Thursday’s hearing, questioned and criticized language in the Plan that City staff and City Attorneys insisted be placed in it. Planning Board members and the sub-committee – at the City’s insistence – had agreed to change language around the issue of variances, watering down some text that some thought implied that variances were not in conformity with the Plan.
Yet, at the Planning Commission hearing, the Commissioners wanted to strike the very language the City wanted in. And they voted a modification to that language in question.
OB planners also now believe that the Planning Commission is preparing the ground to attempt to get rid of OB’s very low FAR in certain coastal areas. FAR stands for “floor area ratio” and it has been a tool by OB planners to restrict those neighborhoods of the community near the beach from acquiring large, 3 story houses out of character with the immediate blocks.
Yet, recently, City staff have been granting variances to property owners to allow them to get around 0.7 FAR and build larger single-family houses than allowed by the OB Community Plan (formally called the OB Precise Plan).
It appears the Commission is signalling to City staff and property owners at OB’s beach zones that they’ll be granting even more variances for houses out of bulk and scale with the Plan.
Since the Plan Update is going before the City Council on June 30th, OB planners also want to organize a campaign to inform the Council of the Plan’s value and set the stage for a successful presentation later this month.