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Rocky road: Civita residents to push back plan

This is a very good article on the pushback from Civita. And yes, we here at Civita were stunned this plan resurfaced in 2016 after being shelved in 2008 as an example of terrible planning. The only correction I would make to the article is that North Park is not "neutral" on the road, but rather, "not supporting" it, which is different. The North Park Planning Committee [NPPC] sent a "letter of comment" to the City Planning Department in 2016 regarding the proposed Connector Road that was highly critical of the City's PEIR done for the connector road. The letter stated there would be no support of the PEIR unless there were significant and binding mitigations. However, the City Planning Dept. misrepresented it as a letter of "support" which was far from the truth. Here is what the NPPC cover letter of 2016 actually said: "We have conducted an extensive review of the PEIR and while we appreciate the work that went into to it, we unfortunately find it lacking for reasons to numerous to include in this cover letter. When a PEIR includes the number of errors, lack of adequate documentation and general inadequacies as this one does, the analysis and conclusions cannot be trusted and provide limited and suspect guidance for future development. NPPC Board Members have expressed [being] satisfied with the NPCPU [North Park Community Plan Update], if not the PEIR, and would like to see the NPCPU move forward. However, they will only do so if there are significant and binding mitigations offered by the City and at the very least a timeline and commitment to provide the requested studies and analyses." Then on May 16, 2017, five days after a May 11 article was published by the Reader saying a small sub-committee of the NPPC had recommended sending a letter of support for the connector road, this issue came before the larger NPPC regarding whether or not they should vote to submit a second letter of comment, ostensibly in support. However, after taking public comment from residents of Serra Mesa and Mission Valley who were strongly opposed to the road, significant discussion occurred among Board members, after which, the NPPC voted 10-1-0 to "withhold their support" [read: don't support] of the Connector. This added the North Park Planning Committee to both the Serra Mesa and the Mission Valley Planning Groups, all three, of which, have now voted either to "oppose" or "not to support" the connector road. And yet the City Planning Dept. continues to inaccurately use parts of the old NPPC letter in their just-released, Final EIR, as indication of North Park's support, which is inaccurate and unconscionable. The next hurdle is the Planning Commission, then the Smart Growth Committee, and finally the City Council.
— August 22, 2017 5:02 p.m.

North Park wants what Civita doesn't

This article is basically a re-post of an old article done in 2016. It was wrong then and it's wrong now. Let me update here and see if the Reader will do a follow-up that will get it correct. The North Park Planning Committee [NPPC] sent a "letter of comment" to the City Planning Department in 2016 regarding the proposed Connector Road that was highly critical of the City's PEIR done for the connector road. The letter stated there would be no support of the PEIR unless there were significant and binding mitigations. However, the City Planning Dept. misrepresented it as a letter of "support" which was far from the truth. Here is what the NPPC cover letter of 2016 actually said, verbatim: "We have conducted an extensive review of the PEIR and while we appreciate the work that went into to it, we unfortunately find it lacking for reasons to numerous to include in this cover letter. When a PEIR includes the number of errors, lack of adequate documentation and general inadequacies as this one does, the analysis and conclusions cannot be trusted and provide limited and suspect guidance for future development. NPPC Board Members have expressed [being] satisfied with the NPCPU [North Park Community Plan Update], if not the PEIR, and would like to see the NPCPU move forward. However, they will only do so if there are significant and binding mitigations offered by the City and at the very least a timeline and commitment to provide the requested studies and analyses." On May 16, 2017, five days after the Reader article was published, this issue once again came before the NPPC regarding whether or not the Group should vote to submit a second letter of comment, ostensibly in support. However, after taking public comment from residents of Serra Mesa and Mission Valley who were opposed to the road, significant discussion occurred among Board members, after which, the NPPC voted 10-1-0 to "withhold their support". This added the North Park Planning Committee to the Serra Mesa Planning Group and the Mission Valley Planning Group, all, of which, have now voted either to "oppose" or "not to support" the connector road. And yet the City Planning Dept. continues to use parts of the old letter in their just-released, Final EIR, as indication of North Park's support. It is unconscionable for them to do this, and news organizations, like The Reader, should be taking note that all three local planning groups are not in favor of a road that will destroy the developing neighborhood of Civita.
— August 21, 2017 2:48 p.m.

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