By Kristin Harms, Resident of University Heights
Now is the Time
If you are concerned about increased traffic and parking problems in University Heights, now is the time to make your voice heard. The community at large has until October 5, 2015 to submit comments to the City on the Community Plan Updates for North Park and Uptown.
University Heights straddles both the North Park Uptown and Uptown planning areas, and the Community Plans for both areas are being updated for the first time since 1988. These updates will set the course for a number of important areas in UH over the next 25 years.
The City has proposed increased density as well as density bonuses for a few key parcels in University Heights, which could significantly impact parking and traffic in University Heights.
Three Areas of Concern
NOTE: du/ac = dwelling units per acre
1. Site of New Vision Fellowship Church, 4353 Park Blvd.
Current Land Use: Church, two buildings, parking lot.
City-Proposed Land Use: Community Commercial (0-73 du/ac) as well as a density bonus that would allow for up to an additional 36 du/ac (74-109 du/ac).
- Both Sides of Park Blvd. from Adams Avenue to Meade
Current Land Use: Neighborhood Commercial (0-29 du/ac)
City-Proposed Land Use: Neighborhood Commercial (0-29 du/ac) as well as a density bonus that would allow for up to an additional 15 du/ac (30 to 44 du/ac).
- Commercial Building on SDUSD Site, 4304 Park Blvd.
Current Land Use: Office Commercial (0-29 du/ac).
City-Proposed Land Use: Community Commercial (0-44 du/ac), as well as a density bonus that will allow up to an additional 29 du/ac (45-73 du/ac).
Submit Your Comments by October 5, 2015
The City of San Diego Planning Department is requesting comments from the City’s officially-recognized community planning groups for Uptown and North Park by mid-November 2015, and from the community at-large by October 5, 2015.
You can either provide input at the regularly scheduled meetings of Uptown Planners and the North Park Planning Committee, or by providing comments via email or postal service directly to Marlon Pangilinan, who staffs both planning groups:
Marlon I. Pangilinan
City of San Diego Planning Department
1222 First Avenune MS-413
San Diego, CA 92101
Click here for a sample letter.
Tips for Writing Effective Comments
The City receives a lot of communication from individuals on a wide variety of topics so you want to be sure your feedback is considered. Following are a few tips for effectively communicating your input:
- Educate yourself: decide which elements of the Uptown and North Park community plan updates are most important to you and familiarize yourself with them. What concerns you most about the quality of life in University Heights—land use, parks and open space, urban design, all of the above? There are elements to the plan updates covering each of those areas and more.
- Be organized, clear and specific: organize your comments by planning area, element, and policy number, when appropriate.
- Provide your contact information: name, address, email address.
- Submit your comments in a Word document: planning staff has requested that comments be submitted in a Word document, if possible, so that comments from multiple individuals on a particular issue can be more easily grouped together.
- Be polite and respectful: we are fortunate to have such knowledgeable and dedicated planning staff to work with on the plan updates for Uptown and North Park so please treat them with the respect they deserve!