All Out in Support of the OB Community Plan – One More Time – Mon., Nov. 9th at City Hall

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OB ComPlan 2014 T-shirts 002One more time, OBceans are being asked to turn out in their blue shirts in support of the OB Community Plan. The Plan is going before the San Diego City Council this Monday, November 9th, and is on the 2:00 pm Council agenda.

Residents, property owners and merchants from OB have been in a long struggle to have the community plan updated and then approved by various governmental agencies, such as the San Diego Planning Commission, the California Coastal Commission and of course the City Council.

The following is re-posted from the website of the OB Planning Board, which gives a brief summary of where we are and is also ‘a call to arms’ for this final approval.

OB Com Plan coverCommunity Plan Update (2014-15)

The OB Precise Plan is nearing the end of an update process after years of collaboration among City staff, the OB Planning Board, and members of the community.

The California Coastal Commission unanimously approved the new OB Community Plan, with modifications, in August 2015. However, before becoming effective, it still requires final adoption by the San Diego City Council.

The City Council is scheduled to consider the OB Community Plan for final adoption at its session on Monday, November 9, 2015, beginning at 2pm.

City Council: Monday, November 9, 2015
The City Council is scheduled to consider the OB Community Plan for final adoption at its session on Monday, November 9, 2015, beginning at 2pm.

The meeting will be held in the City Council Chambers, located on the 12th Floor of the City Administration Building, 202 C Street, San Diego, CA 92101 (map/directions).

Come Out to Show Your Support!

We urge anyone and everyone who supports Ocean Beach, coastal communities, and San Diego’s Community Planning process to attend the City Council hearing in support of the OB Community Plan.

Carpooling is encouraged and the OB Planning Board and OB Town Council will be coordinating rides to and from the event. If you are interested in sharing transportation, please email

Wear Your Blue Shirts!
Finally, please wear a blue shirt in support of the OB Community Plan. These excellent shirts can be purchased at the Dog Beach Dog Wash, 4933 Voltaire Street, San Diego, CA 92107 (map/directions).

Thanks to everyone for their support thus far. The finish line is in sight and we want to finish off strong. Please come out to the meeting and invite your friends to stand with our community.

Coastal Commission Policy Issues

The California Coastal Commission approved the OB Community Plan, with modifications, in a unanimous vote on Thursday, August 13, 2015. Members of community came out in force to show support, and the City of San Diego and the Coastal Commission were able to reach amicable compromises on most of their policy disagreements.

However, some sticking points still remain, and before the new plan actually goes into effect, the San Diego City Council must decide whether to accept the Coastal Commission’s modified version of the OB Community Plan.

The Coastal Commission staff recommended revisions to the OB Community Plan, [which can be found at the OBPB website]as explained in the staff report below:

Prior to its unanimous approval by the Coastal Commission, the San Diego City Council unanimously approved the OB Community Plan in July 2014. It had previously been approved by the City’s Smart Growth & Land Use Committee, Historic Resources Board, and Planning Commission.

Notably, the City Council overruled the Planning Commission’s recommendation to soften the OB Community Plan’s language on variances, instead supporting the language recommended by the OB Planning Board, City staff, numerous community organizations, and thousands of concerned citizens.

Once approved by the City Council, the Plan goes to the Coastal Commission as a consent item, that is an agenda item that is routinely approved without discussion, probably in January or February – in a city that is not San Diego.

Download the OB Community Plan (pdf)

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Debbie November 9, 2015 at 1:09 pm

Sorry, cannot make it to City Hall but wanted to send many thanks to all for being there, the endless hours put in by so many community members to put together this plan and for Mindy to leading the pack.



Frank Gormlie November 9, 2015 at 8:20 pm

The City Council unanimously approved the OB Community Plan this afternoon. There were a couple dozen blue shirts at least – and John Ambert made a great speech. Most of us retired to “The Local” bar for brews a block away, owned by an OBcean.


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