Politics Report: A New Day for Council Land Use Politics

Georgette Gomez

San Diego City Councilwoman Georgette Gomez / Photo by Adriana Heldiz

Typically, when housing projects run into political trouble, it’s because residents objected over a plan to build what they think are too many homes in the neighborhood, and politicians took their side.

That was not the case for the Morena Apartment Homes, a 150-unit project that’s replacing an RV park on a six-acre site near a planned station on the $2 billion Mid-Coast trolley line.

In this case, developers had made peace with the community, earning its support by shaving their project down and staying below the 30-foot height limit.

And that’s what bothered the City Council: It wasn’t dense enough.

“We are looking for more density,” said Councilwoman Vivian Moreno. “I am looking for more density all over the city of San Diego.”

Councilman Scott Sherman was even more animated.

“The way it’s been cut down and restricted, I don’t like…

Original published: 2019-01-12 14:00:58 Read the full San Diego News here

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