San Diego County Supervisors Disagree About Private Property Rights
San Diego County Supervisors disagree over the effects of their new general plan for future growth in the unincorporated areas. The board is grappling with requests from more than 200 property owners who object to the new zoning.
Almost half-a-million people live in San Diego’s unincorporated areas. The new plan is designed to manage development to accommodate another 200,000 residents in the areas outside San Diego’s 18 cities’ boundaries over the next 40 years.
The proposed plan will leave almost 30 percent of acreage with zoning unchanged, increase building potential on 4 percent and down-zone development rights on 65 percent.
(NOTE: previous version said 30 percent of parcels, rather than 30 percent of acreage)
Supervisor Bill Horn said the plan has been in the works for 13 years, but he isn’t ready to vote yet.
“I’m a private property advocate.” Horn said. “Down-zoning without compensation in my mind is stealing, and I can’t support that.”
Supervisor Ron Roberts said many planned projects are on hold, waiting for a decision. He disputed Horn’s opinion on down-zoning.
“That’s a personal opinion,” Roberts said, “that’s not a legal statement and we need to be clear about that. It is just like a talk-show host trying to get everybody riled up, and it doesn’t do us any good when we start talking about things that aren’t factually correct, or even legally correct.”
The county’s consultant concludes that property values are not devalued significantly county wide by the new general plan.
The Supervisors asked staff to work on about 120 remaining parcels where property owners are dissatisfied with the plan. The Supervisors voted to stand by the Environmental Impact Report on the proposed plan, and reaffirmed the principal of putting new development near existing infrastructure
NOTE: This is a correction from the previous story. The County says it is NOT negotiating with private property owners.
Supervisor Diane Jacob says the board needs to balance the needs of individual property owners with the interests of the general community.
The next Board meeting on the issue is April 13th