Point Loma Leaders Meet with Mayor’s Staff
By Don Sevrens / OB Rag
The City has come up with a proposed solution to strengthen and protect the 30-foot height limit on the Point Loma side of the peninsula, community representatives said Thursday, September 1st, after the second Mayor’s meeting on the issue.
Waves of community protest were ignited by the construction of four-story buildings at Emerson and Evergreen, capped by a town hall meeting attended by 250 persons.
Following the town hall, several community advocates attended the first Mayor’s meeting on the issue at City Hall at the invitation of Mayor Faulconer.
The Mayor pledged that the issue would be resolved either by administrative changes or the legislative process if necessary. A stop-work order was issued on the controversial project.
Attending Thursday’s staff-level session were:
- Jon Linney, chair of the Peninsula Community Planning Board,
- Robert Goldyn, PCPB first vice chair,
- Brad Herrin, PCPB second vice chair,
- Roseville resident Babita Souza,
- Point Loma Association Chair Clark Anthony, and
- former PLA Chair Robert Tripp Jackson.
- Jack Straw and Anthony George of the Mayor’s Office were present on the City side. The mayor was unable to attend because of previous commitments.
The community attendees said that major provisions of the City’s solution include:
- The RM zoning in the Point Loma area will be amended to 30 feet through a keynote in the zoning ordinance. All construction will be required to comply with the zoning ordinance calculation of height, which designates existing or finished grade, whichever is LOWER.
- Other areas such as Ocean Beach and La Jolla are not included, City staffers explained, because they have tighter provisions such as floor area ratios which limit the proportion of building size to lot size.
“Time is of the essence,” Goldyn said, “and this is the quickest and most effective way to move forward and protect the peninsula community from height violations.”
Following policy changes made by a little-known City body in 2013, buildings over 30 feet started popping up on the peninsula.
As more details of the City’s proposed solution become known, Linney said: “Any of us who represented the community will be able to elaborate. I can be reached at email@example.com.”
The Peninsula Community Planning Board in July approved a letter to the City on the issue. That letter is posted on the board’s website, pcpbsd.net [as well as posted on the OB Rag]. It is quite likely the issue also will be on the board’s agenda for its next meeting at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 15 at the Point Loma branch library, Linney said.
“This shows what the community can accomplish when it comes together,” said one Point Loma resident who prefers to be nameless. “Thanks are due to everyone who stood up to out-of-control construction.”