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Planning Commission Rejects Interim Height Ordinance

Uptown residents encountered a setback on Thursday when planning commissioners rejected a proposal to extend the Interim Height Ordinance, an ordinance that limits buildings in areas of Uptown to under 65 feet.

Residents believe the ordinance is needed to preserve the character of Uptown. "The community doesn't want tall buildings on the top of our hill. Most people like Hillcrest just the way it is," said longtime resident Ann Garwood.

After hearing testimony from residents both in opposition to and in support of the height ordinance, planning commissioners decided against renewing the ordinance, saying the community should consider projects on a case by case basis.

"A large-scale, six-to-seven-story box that fills a site is definitely not the vision you have for Hillcrest. We'd be here arguing how to stop that next," said planning chair Eric Naslund.

Commissioners voted unanimously to accept the recommendations from the Development Services Code Monitoring Team, which supported lower building heights while giving planning groups and commissioners discretion to approve individual projects. The issue now moves forward to the city council for approval.

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Uptown residents encountered a setback on Thursday when planning commissioners rejected a proposal to extend the Interim Height Ordinance, an ordinance that limits buildings in areas of Uptown to under 65 feet.

Residents believe the ordinance is needed to preserve the character of Uptown. "The community doesn't want tall buildings on the top of our hill. Most people like Hillcrest just the way it is," said longtime resident Ann Garwood.

After hearing testimony from residents both in opposition to and in support of the height ordinance, planning commissioners decided against renewing the ordinance, saying the community should consider projects on a case by case basis.

"A large-scale, six-to-seven-story box that fills a site is definitely not the vision you have for Hillcrest. We'd be here arguing how to stop that next," said planning chair Eric Naslund.

Commissioners voted unanimously to accept the recommendations from the Development Services Code Monitoring Team, which supported lower building heights while giving planning groups and commissioners discretion to approve individual projects. The issue now moves forward to the city council for approval.

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I don't live there, so my opinion doesn't really matter. But tall buildings are a necessity to reduce urban sprawl and that's the reason public transportation is so weak in San Diego county. So, if you care about the environment (which I don't really), you have to support urban density.

Dec. 8, 2011

This has nothing to do with sprawl or poor transportation. It has only to do with the PC and the City wanting to allow developers the max profit possible from building. SD is a developer-owned city with a developer-owned government. Leave the propaganda to Fox and the U-T.

Dec. 8, 2011

Add KUSI to the local propaganda machine. KUSI generally follows the mandate the new U-T owner has described for the paper and other deciders of what constitutes "news" and what is "right and good":

"Local newspapers need to be a cheerleader for what's right and good for the country, such as promoting the new stadium or whatever," Manchester told KUSI anchors. "I felt that there's been a lack of that here in San Diego."

Or whatever ...

Dec. 9, 2011

Development Services Code Monitoring Team? Who IS that? Does anybody know? That could be very interesting. Perhaps the Union Tribune suggested it for the good of the country, or whatever.

Dec. 9, 2011

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