Land Use

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San Diego’s Next Density Fight

City planners are eyeing changes to Grantville: They want to take the industrial area and turn it into one with lots of apartments and retail storefronts, an urban village based around the neighborhood's trolley stop. But if history's any guide, that'll be easier said than done.

Conflict Pushes Fulton Out of Bay Park Decision

The city is selecting a consultant to rewrite development restrictions around two new trolley stops. Planning director Bill Fulton removed himself from the decision due to a conflict of interest under the city's ethics ordinance.

MTS Almost Got Off Easy on the Desert Line

A company under increasing scrutiny nearly made life easy on county transportation officials this month, when a missed lease payment almost negated its contract to rebuild a cross-border freight line. Now, if public officials want to undo the deal, they'll have to work for it.

Opinion

Blunting Climate Change in Our Neck of the Woods

If we hope to mitigate the worst impacts of climate change, we must start locally. The Board of Supervisors can do just that by showing residents it understands its responsibility to protect what remains of the Cleveland National Forest.

The Mayor Wants More Houses in San Diego

Mayor Kevin Faulconer says more homes will stabilize housing prices. How does he want to boost supply? Mostly by adding funding to existing efforts, and the ever-popular streamlining of regulations, restrictions and processes.

What the Recession Did to Downtown Development

Civic San Diego fielded applications for just nine new projects in 2008, while developers withdrew their request for five others. In 2009 and 2010, while the economy tried to find its footing, downtown activity almost disappeared.

The Voter’s Guide to Props. B and C

A plan to separate homes and businesses in Barrio Logan quickly became shipbuilders' Public Enemy No. 1. The issue loomed large in the mayor's race and was the subject of an aggressive signature-gathering campaign. Now voters will decide whether it lives or dies.

The Clairemont Controversy’s Two Uncomfortable Truths

Despite all the sudden infighting over the city's idea to increase density near two new trolley stops, the issue won't get a final vote until at least 2016. In the meantime, residents and officials can grapple with two inconvenient realities the Clairemont controversy has brought into focus.

Opinion

Smart Growth Takes Smart Dialogue

Authentic civic engagement happens from the bottom up. We need a better process to help address the widespread mistrust in government leaders.