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Senator Feinstein: Officials Should Consider Capping Development

California Senator Dianne Feinstein told KPBS this morning that local officials should reconsider how much development is allowed in San Diego County. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more.

California Senator Dianne Feinstein told KPBS this morning that local officials should reconsider how much development is allowed in San Diego County. KPBS reporter Ed Joyce has more.

Feinstein says local officials have the ability to toughen and tighten building codes and control zoning. She says San Diego County officials need to rethink how much and where development is allowed.

Feinstein : I think with the Cedar Fire and the tremendous loss there and now these fires and the tremendous loss here, all in four years, the message is loud and clear to the board of supervisors and your county and city planning departments. Begin to take a look at both the building codes as well as the zoning. Is it smart to put new housing developments in Santa Ana wind areas in increasingly dry territory abutting hillsides which remain year in, year out tinder dry?

She says particularly in the San Diego area, there's a consistent and constant threat of wildfire in the county. Feinstein says putting more combustible buildings in the path of those fires only adds to the problem. She spoke this morning with Alan Ray on KPBS Radio.

Ed Joyce, KPBS News.

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