Bob McPhail 5:30 p.m., May 25
Planning Commissioners To Vote On Plaza de Panama Project
Tomorrow, June 7, San Diego's planning commission will discuss the plan to remove traffic from Balboa Park's Plaza de Panama. And, if the agenda is any indication, commissioners are anticipating a lengthy debate. The proposal is the only project listed on the agenda.
In recent weeks, the City's Park and Recreation board voted against the plan, specifically against the plan to build a bypass bridge branching off from the Cabrillo Bridge directing traffic towards a parking garage behind the Organ Pavilion.
The vote from planning commissioners whether to amend the Balboa Park Master Plan will be the last one before heading to the City Council.
It's been a long, and bumpy, road since the proposal was first introduced by Qualcomm-founder Irwin Jacobs in 2010. It has divided the community with historical preservation group Save Our Heritage Organisation leading the charge, mainly in objection to the bypass bridge.
Proponents, such as Mayor Sanders and others, say the plan will give the park back to pedestrians.
But it has been an uphill road for those proponents.
Several community groups have come out against the proposal. And, on May 8 the National Park Service wrote a letter to Councilmember Kevin Faulconer critical of the plan, saying it would have a "permanent, major and adverse effect on the integrity of the Balboa Park National Historical Landmark."
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- In cross-appeal, Save Our Heritage Organisation rehashes fight over plan to remove traffic from Balboa Park's Plaza de Panama — June 3, 2013
- SOHO To Challenge Balboa Park Makeover In Court — July 10, 2012
- SOHO Sues City Over Plaza de Panama Plan — Aug. 3, 2011
- SOHO Organizes Protest Against Plaza de Panama Plan — July 18, 2011
- Bypassing the Bridge — June 8, 2011