We have just heard that the San Diego Planning Commission this morning voted 4 to 1 against authorizing the so-called Quail Brush Power Plant, planned next to the Mission Trails Regional Park.
For now the power plant is dead. The plant applicant will most likely appeal to the San Diego City Council. The actual vote was to deny an application to order staff to conduct a full study on rezoning the area near Santee. The gas-fired plant application was to initiate a review of the East Elliott Community Plan by Charlotte, N.C.-based Cogentrix.
Strong opposition emerged from residents of Santee, which is adjacent to the proposed 22-acre property, as well as other citizens and residents from around the County and City of San Diego. Opponents made valid claim that the plant would not be suitable and in fact was incompatible with the surrounding homes, schools and park in the area. Cogentrix could very well take the next step, and file an appeal with the full City Council.
After she missed the first meeting on the project three weeks ago, where her colleagues heard four hours of public testimony, Commissioner Mary Lydon ended up voting against the plant. She had watched a recording of the public testimony.
The California Energy Commission in addition will have something to say as it has jurisdiction over the plant.