Controversy Regarding

Peninsula Community Plan

 

The 1987 Peninsula Community Plan promoted population increase in the La Playa and Roseville Communities to meet needs for affordable housing for low to moderate income households, primarily for families of those who work at one of the Navy facilities on the Point. Today, a developer is seeking to use this zoning to build condos priced at $900,000 on Kellogg Beach in La Playa, with a structure that threatens to further reduce public use of the beach. To address the problem in La Playa, the community has had to organize a citizens’ committee (Save Kellogg) to address the developer’s plans.

There is no benefit for the Point Loma community in such development projects and in Roseville, the other community affected by this zoning, there is harm for families displaced by the change in prices. The goal of the Community Plan wasn’t to meet financial goals of developers, nor to increase tax revenues for the City. However, the only way to correct the problem is to modify the Community Plan.

Another controversy with the Peninsula Community Plan, conceived in the 1960s, is that it didn’t anticipate the impacts on quality of life and safety from increased density, nor that highway infrastructure would make it impossible for anyone to leave Point Loma in the event of an emergency. There are other problems with this document. For instance, the Plan requires parks, school facilities and public safety measures that have not been funded simply because the Plan doesn’t include a timeline and procedural steps.

Developers are demanding a right to replace single family homes with expensive condos, simply because the project fits within the zoning code described in the Community Plan. It doesn’t matter that intention of the zoning was to preserve housing affordability for military employees, nor that density problems weren’t imagined, when the code was adopted half a century ago, and even though streets, waste treatment, water resources and emergency services are stressed beyond the ability to meet current demands.

We anticipate there will be subsequent proposals and the Peninsula community needs to revise, modify or abate the 1987 Peninsula Community Plan.