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Future Of San Diego’s Community Planning Groups Uncertain

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San Diego's Community Planning Groups were on the road to reform. Then the City Attorney reviewed those suggested reforms and now the process is anything but certain.

Aired: January 6, 2020 | Transcript

San Diego's community planning groups have been around since the 1970s. They're the first stop for developers wanting to build in the city.

But in 2018 came concerns from the city auditor and a report from the San Diego County Grand Jury critical of how the groups operate.

Reforms to make the groups more inclusive and transparent are still under review by the city’s Land Use and Housing Committee. The reform process includes a review from the City Attorney’s office that raises questions about the scope of reforms the city can impose. That’s because the groups are considered independent entities.

Colin Parent, executive director of the non-profit group Circulate San Diego, which advocates for sustainable growth, joined Midday Edition on Monday to discuss the challenges that lie ahead.

Editor's note: An earlier version of this story said the City Attorney's office stopped the process. The City Attorney's office is still reviewing it.

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