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Posted: Friday, August 16, 2019 2:20 pm

Letter sent to: Steve Vaus-SANDAG Chair, Catherine Blakespear-SANDAG Vice Chair, and Hasan Ikhrata- SANDAG Ex. Director

401 B Street, Suite 800, San Diego CA 92101

RE:  The move to force 1,001 low and moderate income units on Coronado Island

At your 21 August meeting please respond to the following issues:

Since when is it prudent to require urban development that is economically infeasible? Calling for 1001 low and moderate rate rental units to be imposed on a built-out municipality like Coronado Island can never make financial sense. For many years any new construction here has required tearing down an existing structure--usually a single family residence. So do the math: eminent domain purchase (by law at market rate) of a standard Coronado residential block with about 34 parcels which easily would have average appraisals of about $2 million each, means an initial investment of $68 million--before demolition, before permits, design and legal fees, before construction. 1001 units probably would require two residential blocks. And legal fees because Coronado citizens will not take this assault lying down.

How is it that SANDAG planners do not feel required to observe the local zoning and height requirements by city statute required of any new development?

Why are the hundreds of units of Navy housing located within Coronado city limits not considered when counting the number of existing low cost and moderate income rental units? One quite new North Island building, for example, has 500 units for enlisted personnel on sea duty assigned to Navy ships in port. Add those to the numerous modern barracks buildings, and the hundreds of family quarters for enlisted and officer active duty personnel. Then, what about active duty personnel who receive extra pay, known as “Basic Allowance for Quarters” added to their regular income, according to the cost of living index where assigned? That alone covers hundreds of Coronado rentals, effectively making them “moderate income units.”

SANDAG leadership owes explanations to Coronado, and the 8 other member governments that did not vote for this imposition--explanations for what is effectively a senseless assault on private property rights. Not only ill advised, but un-American.

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