Special OB Planning Board Meeting to Be Held Wed., Sept. 16th

by on September 15, 2015 · 4 comments

in Civil Rights, Culture, Environment, Ocean Beach, San Diego


Proposed condo complex for Abbott and Muir sparked debate on Planning Board.

The OB Planning Board is hosting a special Board meeting on Wednesday, September 16th.

The main agenda item out of only 2 before the Board is developing a policy regarding “deviations” to the Land Development Code for Sustainable Buildings Sustainable Building Policy 900-14.

In other words, under what circumstances would the Board consider a deviation to OB’s famous floor-area-ratio (FAR).

Here is how Board Chair John Ambert put it in an email to the OB Rag:

Wednesday will be an opportunity for the board to have a discussion about allowing deviations to the current FAR limits in order to promote affordable housing projects and sustainable infill development. The goal of the second meeting action item is to develop a strategy for projects applying for CSD Policies #600-27 & 900-14.

Here is how reporter Tony de Garate described the program at the Beacon:

A city program designed to reward developers who build environmentally friendly structures is suddenly shaping up as the next battleground in the eternal debate over what constitutes bulky, out-of-scale housing in Ocean Beach.

On the books since 2003, the Sustainable Building Expedite Program is neither new nor little-known. Among other things, it offers speedy permit approval and significant wiggle room in complying with the letter of the land development code if the building meets certain green requirements, such as attaining the LEED silver standard of the U.S. Green Building Council.

The other agenda item for Wednesday’s meeting is to discuss changes to the Bylaws developed by the city and recommended by the planning board members.

They will meet at the OB Rec Center, 4726 Santa Monica Ave., at 6pm.

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Sick & Tired September 15, 2015 at 1:41 pm

“have a discussion about allowing deviations to the current FAR limits in order to promote affordable housing projects”
BULLSH*T. Affordable? to whom? I am so sick of hearing about these stories. Why do we have rules if they are going to be broken or bought, I mean bent, at every request…..


Christo September 16, 2015 at 8:21 am

The beach areas will never be affordable relative to other areas. All exceeding the FAR will do is make more money for the developers at the expense of quality of life for the surrounding neighborhood. OB is crowded enough as it is.


Craig Klein September 16, 2015 at 11:28 am

Anyone who wants to have input on this issue PLEASE come to the OPPB meeting this evening at the OB Rec Center.


Frank Gormlie September 16, 2015 at 11:35 am

Here is an email from Chair John Ambert:

“The agenda for Wednesday’s meeting has been revised.

Due to discussions with City Staff this afternoon regarding #600-27 Affordable/In-Fill Housing and Sustainable Buildings Expedite Program, the Ocean Beach Planning Board will no longer need to take action on this item. Instead the group will take the opportunity to have a discussion about the policy.

More information will be provided at the meeting, and a web link to the CSD policy #600-27 can be found here: http://www.sandiego.gov/development-services/industry/incentive/sustainable.shtml

Our only action item will be to discuss the proposed revisions to the by-laws.”


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