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Comment Re: Low/Moderate Income Housing In Coronado

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Posted: Friday, August 30, 2019 3:24 pm

Dear Mr. Litchney,

I would like to express my deep concern over the preposterous idea to add 1,001 new housing units in Coronado.

My wife, a San Diego native, and I have owned a home in Coronado for 20 years. We have recently sold that home, and are now lovingly restoring a beautiful 1920s home in Coronado. I worked at Procter & Gamble for 25 years, as Global Marketing Officer, and now run a thriving consulting practice and teach at the Kellogg School at Northwestern University.

Of course I agree with the goal of providing affordable housing for Californians. The current approach just raises so many questions for me.

And it begins with the reality that Coronado is an island--this is a defining characteristic versus other towns and cities. There is simply no way to expand without appropriating military real estate, or changing Coronado’s zoning/height restrictions, which undermines the essence of the community, which is already fragile due to overdevelopment. You know this data better than me: Coronado is one of most dense cities in California, and indeed in all of the U.S. Our density is 1248% higher than the California average, and 3359% greater than the US average.

Beyond the overriding island/density issue, I wonder about so many other things:

--How is it even possible to build 1,001 units in 8-10 years in a community of 9,500 units? The builders I know who work on the island are very stretched. Not to mention the noise, traffic, pollution that would come from such a disruptive, unprecedented act.

--How do you know this will approach will meet the goal? What prevents this from being “hacked”? How will you prevent someone buying the unit, and then renting it or setting up an AirBnB operation?

--Where will the new residents work? If it is not on the island (and there are very limited non-military jobs on the island), what is the impact on an already dreadful traffic/bridge situation?

--If we have 1,001 new families, what are the other implications? Can our school handle it (I understand they are already crowded)? What are the other infrastructure implications, like parking? What are precedents for a small island community to increase its housing 11% in a short period of time?

--Finally, the economic model seems seriously flawed, as was clearly presented in the Julia Viera letter in the Aug. 14 Eagle & Journal.

I am sorry I cannot make the Aug. 23 hearing in person. There is nothing in the 20 years we have been in Coronado that has triggered anything like this for me and my family. We feel Coronado is one of the gems of California and this proposal threatens that. The risk is simply too high.

Best regards

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