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S.D. Council Postpones Housing Density Vote

San Diegans descended on City Hall today to protest a proposal they said would threaten the 30-foot height limit on new buildings along the coast. The city council agreed to postpone a vote until the

S.D. Council Postpones Housing Density Vote

San Diegans descended on City Hall today to protest a proposal they said would threaten the 30-foot height limit on new buildings along the coast. The city council agreed to postpone a vote until the proposal is thoroughly vetted. KPBS reporter Alison St John has more. 

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The mayor’s office presents the idea as a way to offer developers incentives to build more affordable housing, and comply with state law. But critics say the plan would open a loophole for developers to build taller buildings west of Interstate-5 . Under Proposition D, passed by voters in 1972, buildings along the coast between downtown and La Jolla cannot be over 30 feet.

John McNab of San Diego Coastkeepers says the so-called “affordable housing density bonus” is less about affordable housing, and more about getting around the height limits.

<b> McNab: </b> Something as severe as this that it never got out and had public hearings for the public to really see what this was all about -- it’s reprehensible – it’s something that no citizen should stand for. 

The council agreed to postpone a vote and hold a public hearing on the matter on March 27th. Alison St John, KPBS News.