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"In the code now, for a Planned Development Permit, there is a statement that the proposed development, considered s a whole, would be beneficial to the community. But the city proposes to strike that out," said Jim Varnadore, chair of the City Heights planning group, during the Community Planners meeting November 23.

"I propose to retain that [sentence] and, moreover, I propose to add that language to every [development] permit."

Varnadore's comments came after Amanda Lee of the City's Development Services Department presented a list of amendments to San Diego's Land Development Code — the seventh update since it was adopted in 2000.

The amendments were posted on the City's website last summer and have been available for public review since early October. During that time, residents have voiced concerns about many of the code changes, including one that makes it easier for owners of single-family lots to build granny flats on their property.

The Community Planners Committee also had their concerns, and parking was at the top of their list.

One proposed amendment would allow new business owners to retain the same parking requirements if the permitted use of the property doesn't change. If adopted, that would allow business owners to fulfill parking requirements from when the permit was initially granted, regardless of when the use was designated.

Several planners objected to the proposal, feeling that the change would make parking in busy commercial districts such as Hillcrest, City Heights, and Banker’s Hill more difficult. They believe that if a storefront is closed for more than two years then the new owners should comply with current parking requirements.

"I want to make sure that we don't give away parking," said Varnadore. "We ought not to be looking backwards on parking. We need to be looking forward."

Later, the committee voted to continue the item after all planning groups had a chance to review the proposed update and submit changes to the amendments.

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Founder Nov. 30, 2010 @ 9:16 a.m.

Jim V's comments are Right On!

Parking or better yet the lack of it will doom our "Transportation Corridors" to become Linear Ghettos, where all the on street parking will be displaced to the nearby neighborhoods creating BLIGHT.

This is already happening in North Park which has already gone through the Parking Management Working Group charade and has created their Parking Plan 2010 which is not a Plan in any since of the word, but a report filled with options for the Business District that completely ignores solution for the nearby neighborhood!

Wealthy areas of SD will continue to have on street parking because they are not the areas being urged to remove on street parking!

Remember: Lots of people shifting to using Mass transit is a Myth! Would you desire to sit next to a stinky person and get off a bus late at night in North Park which now has the highest amount of Violent Crime in SD unless you could not afford to do anything else?

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Founder Nov. 30, 2010 @ 9:19 a.m.

Here is a quote from another Dorian H. great story on Parking*: "Just another sad example of why NP Knows Parking Problems!

It is not enough that the BID's are guilty of using the neighborhood as their own parking lot, (that area of NP surrounding the BID's which is now known in NP as the Residential Improvement District or RID), the BIG Religious businesses have also gotten "On Board" the Blight train...

When St. A's asked the NP Planning Comm. to approve their expansion, they promised "US" that they would be better neighbors and limit their students (and Staff) impact on their neighbors if we allowed them to expand. I was there, and I asked them specifically, if they would be start being great neighbors and they said yes, they would! Now, how do we get their administrators to keep their promise to US, ask them to go to their own Confessional, NOT?

Sad to say, they have a short memory! Now, years later, what are we the Residents that live near these Big Religious Businesses supposed to do beside Pray or beg?

With St. A's in the South, St. Patrick's in the Middle and Our Lady Of Peace in the North; North Park Residents are having another Parking "squeeze" put on them by the well to do parents, students and Staff of these schools that drop off, pick up, attend or work at these schools. Oh, and don't forget all the Special Events that generate money for them and lots more Parking Blight for US.

They like most of the other Businesses in North Park don't believe in the Golden Rule and are not treating US like they want us to treat them...

Again, what are we supposed to do:

Pray or just say,

NO Way (to more Religious "Business" expansion in North Park)..."

*from http://www.sandiegoreader.com/news/20...

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Founder Nov. 30, 2010 @ 9:33 a.m.

Here is another way to look at the future of Parking and notice it is less expensive to build: http://www.sandiegoreader.com/weblogs...

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Founder Nov. 30, 2010 @ 9:45 a.m.

Here is how Mission Hills* is planning for the future and please read all the comments about Planning and Parking.

BTW: NP now has a 380 space parking garage thanks to the NP-PAC yet nearby residents are still getting BLIGHTED by daytime Business Parking and Late Night alcohol related crime issues from Midnight until AFTER closing at 2 A.M. as these folks stagger back to their cars which are parked in our neighborhoods! :


*from "Using Mission Hills as a Model for NP's Plan"

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