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Wednesday, Aug. 22, 2007 | Thank you for the story regarding emails related to Sunroad.
At any time, Mayor Jerry Sanders can make his Development Services Department (DSD) reanalyze the violations to the Municipal Code, the New Century Center Master Plan, the associated EIR, and the Building Permit. Under the “Strong Mayor” form of government, the City Council does not have a say in any Ministerial, Over-the-Counter approvals by DSD; unless an appeal of an Environmental Determination is filed after a decision is made by DSD and before a building permit is issued.
Because Sunroad withdrew their project, our appeal on the lack of an Environmental Determination for Sunroad-14 cannot go before the full City Council in September 2007 as planned [please see the attached document]. The only thing the City Council approved in the 2002 revision to the Master Plan was the option of “residential and/or commercial” in a former “commercial/industrial only” area. The 2002 revisions to the Master Plan were crafted by Marcela Escobar-Eck and Sunroad with the intention of purposely misleading future decision-makers to erroneously assume that Sunroad had vested development rights for unlimited height and unlimited FAR, which they did not.
Again, we like the majority of developers who obey the law, are respectful of the existing neighborhoods, and are not trying to bypass the law, the City Council, and the public. Everyone in District 6 wants increased density in Kearny Mesa. All Sunroad has to do is apply for a change to the Master Plan, analyze the effects, update the EIR, get approval for the changes from the City Council, and drop their $40 million dollar lawsuit against the citizens of San Diego.