In July, the El Cerrito Community Council Board prepared a summary about problems with the city of San Diego’s Complete Communities Plan and asked you to contact our District 9 City Council member, Georgette Gomez, who is also the City Council President, to ask that the Plan not be on the City Council agenda until it is better.
We realize the city needs housing, but are concerned that the plan will destroy neighborhoods, which largely consist of single family homes, by allowing huge multifamily complexes to be built without community input or review. COVID-19 is showing this may not be conducive for a healthy community.
The City’s Community Planning Committees (CPCs), which are largely made up of residents of the Cities communities are not happy with the plan or the way it has been presented and promoted. The CPC has also pointed out that there are approximately 16,000 homes in San Diego that are being rented out as short-term rentals, which should be returned to residential housing, as they are zoned for, which would help alleviate a chunk of the current housing needs.
Those who attended the Zoom presentation on the plan last month may have noticed some of the questions asked offered only a few responses, which did not include an answer you would have chosen. This type of presentation drives certain results, which may not be the true sentiment of those attending. Some of you asked for information on the city planning. You can view it on the city’s website at sandiego.gov/planning.
—Laura Riebau writes on behalf of the El Cerrito Community Council.