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City of SD Releases Draft Blueprint for Future Growth

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Aired 4/19/09

A plan to guide the growth for the city of San Diego for the next 20 years allows more development in the city’s neighborhoods. The draft general plan determines how much new development will take place within the city. KPBS Reporter Ed Joyce has details.

It’s been 27-years since the city last updated its general plan. Mayor Jerry Sanders says less than four-percent of the city’s land is now vacant and available for new development. For that reason, he says the draft blueprint for future growth focuses on developing property in existing neighborhoods. Sanders says that infill development comes at a price.

Sanders: When you do infill, especially in older neighborhoods, you can’t get all of the developer-paid costs that you do in green field development. So the city’s going to have to put part of that infrastructure. Fortunately we have infrastructure needs in every community so it pretty much fits in with our deferred maintenance plan where we’ll start moving that ahead. 

The plan supports continued growth in the city’s neighborhoods, using the City of Villages concept for clustering development. Some groups are against that strategy and would prefer less growth not more. Ed Joyce, KPBS News.

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