SoNo Neighborhood Alliance opposes any changes to the City’s Municipal Codes, regulations or other public policies that diminish public input and provide more monetary benefits and reduced requirements for developers.

We applaud the City’s efforts to address affordable housing and homelessness in San Diego, including making it easier to build companion units (aka “granny flats”).  The Housing San Diego plan could be a step towards expediting “affordable housing” projects; however, the following proposals approved on July 24, 2017 may result in higher rents, more gentrification, loss of neighborhood character, and even less opportunity for community input.

  • Update City Council fees for Process Four and environmental appeals; amend the San Diego Municipal Code regarding Process Two-Process Four and environmental appeal scheduling and withdrawals of appeals. (Citywide) Increases fees for appealing a City Council decision will increase from $100 to $1000—a 900% increase!  Raising the fee for an appeal from $100 to $1,000 might seem like a way to stop the lone resident from blocking a project, but it will be cost prohibitive for many residents and would create an inequitable system where only the wealthy can object to what’s being done to their neighborhood.
  • Amendments to the City’s Municipal Code and Local Coastal Program to Expand and Improve The City’s Affordable Housing/In-Fill Projects and Sustainable Building Development Regulations. (Citywide) Expands which projects are eligible and, therefore allows more projects to qualify for expedited permitting with no public input, possibly no individual presentation at Community Planning Groups, and no guarantees that these streamlined projects will not become market-rate units. Adds various monetary benefits to developers along with reduced requirements for providing parking and DIF fees.  Also allows delaying payment of City fees until after construction.

SoNo believes in centering the voices and considerations of residents. Incentives and expedited permitting processes should come with explicit provisions mandating robust and inclusive community engagement standards for land use and development projects.  Work with us to stop the trend of “solutions” that further enable investors and developers at the expense of the communities they impact.