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Stephen Goldfarb April 20, 2014 at 02:20 PM
Among the consequences of the City's plan to acquire the property to include in Mission TrailsRead MoreRegio nal Park or to use as a landfill is that this process has created a mess. Privately owned properties exist from west to east throughout the East Elliott Planning Area interspaced between land purchased by the City. It is a hodge-podge. The outside planner hired by the City says East Elliott is the most problematical area to deal with regarding incorporation into the park. There is a strong likelihood that the City will be unable to acquire all the property. Many owners will not sell. The City plan to possibly site an additional landfill in East Elliott creates an interesting hypothetical scenario. Landfills are high income earners. Industrial land for a landfill sells at high values. Why would a private owner sell to the City at low ball valuations when a landfill might come along and offer high prices for their land? The City's plan to incorporate the area into the park also causes other problems. It is a virtual invitation for the public to trespass on privately owned land. Interestingly, the outside planner has a solution to these problems. But he does not have the power to change the City's course of action. A prudent reader might wonder what the San Diego City Council's response is to this situation. The issues have been addressed to them many times. The response is to stonewall. Stephen Goldfarb
Stephen Goldfarb April 21, 2014 at 10:22 AM
Giving credit. Cogentrix, the Quail Brush power plant promoters, are once again at the CaliforniaRead MoreE nergy Commission asking for a second 1-year extension. They still want to install a massive power plant (longer than a football field, 3 stories high, with 11 gas fueled generators, and 100 foot tall smokestacks) in East Elliott. Cogentrix chose an area designated for open space conservation adjoining Mission Trails Regional Park to site their power plant. One may ask why Cogentrix did this rather than choosing an industrial site for the proposed power plant? The answer is not hard to fathom. A capable company doing its due diligence would soon learn that East Elliott property was cheaply available due to the City's artificially suppressing land value. Low land value is so the City can purchase the property for a park or landfill. The result has been the formation of two organizations to fight locating the power plant in the neighborhood, thousands of person-hours to mount a community action against the power plant, and engagement of several government agencies (City Council of San Diego, City of Santee, San Diego Planning Commission, community planning boards) vote on the power plant. Though an unintended consequence, and an irony, we should give credit for the Quail Brush power plant where credit is due: the City Council of San Diego and the park expansion interests on whose behalf they act. Stephen Goldfarb
Stephen Goldfarb April 22, 2014 at 01:19 PM
It is worthy of note that Mission Trails Regional Park (MTRP) got its start when the federalRead Moregovernm ent made the former Camp Elliott available to incorporate into the City for residential use. As part of that arrangement, the federal government gave the city 2000 acres for public use, open space and recreation. That 2000 acres includes the Fortuna Mountain area of the park. The concept was that East Elliott would be for residential development and the 2000 acres given to the City would be the open space offset to development. Park advocates subsequently obtained other land to add to the initial federal grant, leading to the present park size of about 5800 acres. MTRP is today the largest such park in California, and one of the largest in the nation. Yet another 1300 acres is being added to the park from the Rancho Encantada area (now called Stonebridge Estates). This is 10 miles from MTRP. Park advocates call this area Mission Trails Regional Park North. In this case, the provision of the land was made in cooperation with the owners who were permitted to develop a portion of their land for residences. That is how the Multiple Species Conservation Program is supposed to work. It is clear that there is ample park land for recreation. The City, by acting to accommodate special interest park expansionists, whose appetite for park expansion is without limits, is acting contrary to its own stated fundamental priorities. In 2002 the City declared a housing emergency. This led to a complete revision of the General Plan. The City was running out of land for residential development (about 4% remained in 2006). The concept of the revised General Plan was to foster "smart growth" and emphasis on vertical development on infill property. In the present instance, the City is removing land from development. Thousands of residences are removed even at the very low existing density of 1 dwelling unit per 40,000 square feet. Rational intervention would allow this situation to be changed. It would do no harm to park enthusiasts to do so. Stephen Goldfarb