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Where Will Coronado Build 1,800 Additional Homes?

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Posted: Friday, May 24, 2019 10:41 am

Last week in the Coronado Eagle and Journal, David Axelson’s summary of the May 7 city council meeting contained a sentence in the last paragraph which said “Just before the meeting concluded, Mayor Richard Bailey, who represents the city on the SANDAG Board, said that Coronado’s portion of new state-mandated housing may reach level of 1,800 new units, which he characterized as ‘catastrophic.’ In contrast, the last state-mandated target for additional housing units was 50. Bailey said the City Staff was preparing a document to help educate the SANDAG Board on the limits facing Coronado in this area.” This sentence deserved front page, full article coverage because it is something that is so serious and has the potential to destroy life in Coronado, as we know it. Our region’s largest newspaper did a long story about this topic last weekend, but this issue deserves a lot of local attention.

The San Diego Association of Governments (“SANDAG”) is in the process of allocating 171,000 new housing units to the various jurisdictions in our county, through a process of the Regional Housing Needs Assessment (“RHNA”). As quoted in the paragraph above, Mayor Bailey said that the SANDAG board may make Coronado absorb up to 1,800 new housing units as part of the RHNA process.

How did we get here? In part, because Councilmember Sandke, acting as our representative to SANDAG, voted to increase density by 47% at the May 25, 2018 SANDAG board meeting.

A few years ago, I saw that the Eagle listed its home delivery as 8,450 newspapers, which is a good estimate of how many homes there are in Coronado. If Coronado is forced to allow 1,800 homes to be built over the next 8 years, that would be a 21% increase over the existing homes in Coronado. This isn’t an issue that Coronado should ignore. Where would we allow these homes to be built, given that there is no more buildable land in Coronado? The current height restrictions would certainly go out the window. Would we have to allow towers to be built on Orange Avenue? I don’t know, but the prospect of this most certainly would make traffic, noise, and parking worse.

Sacramento is employing more heavy-handed tactics against the cities in our state and it’s beginning to look more like Soviet-style central planning, as they take power away from local government. This RHNA process is one more example of how our city, and all of the cities in our state, are losing control to Sacramento with each passing year. When Councilmember Sandke voted last year to accept a higher density number, he helped this process along. I hope the rest of the city council will actually fight for our community.

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1 comment:

  • CoronadoJeff posted at 11:47 am on Tue, May 28, 2019.

    CoronadoJeff Posts: 1

    This would be devastating to what makes Coronado such a great place. Maybe if these numbers were spread out county-wide, there's a chance to meet these goals. There are other places in District 1 that have the room, but not Coronado.