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Stephen Goldfarb April 16, 2014 at 01:06 PM
The City started this process in 1997 when it revised the East Elliott Community Plan. This wasRead Moreund er influence by advocates for Mission Trails Regional Park expansion. The presumed purpose for revising the Community Plan was to bring it into conformance with the Multiple Species Conservation Program (MSCP). It did the opposite. The MSCP, a Federal Habitat Conservation Plan, is intended to allow and facilitate private development. It does this by regulation, namely providing that the private owner is allowed to develop 25% of their property. In exchange for development, the owner is required to deed to the City 75% of their property for conservation. In reality the City **removed** private development from the bulk of the area (2259 acres) dedicating the land to "open space". The City maintains the legal fiction that the private owners may still develop, though the City's restrictions make private development unfeasible. You can see the City's actions in the revised East Elliott Community Plan on file with the City. It is interesting that the City also included in the Community Plan and the MSCP Sub-Area Plan that East Elliott could be used for another landfill. The area the City has acquired is also the possible site of a landfill. TMcC's remarks about this being like an Eminent Domain Action are accurate and observant. The MSCP was not intended to be a means to obtain property for a park or a landfill. Stephen Goldfarb
Stephen Goldfarb April 16, 2014 at 01:22 PM
The East Elliott Community Plan may be seen at this link:Read Morehttp://www.sandiego.gov/planning/community /profiles/eastelliott/pdf/east_elliott_cp.pdf
Stephen Goldfarb April 19, 2014 at 07:20 AM
East Elliott property owners were present at the "scoping" meeting regarding the MissionRead MoreT rails Regional Park Master Plan update. Two told of how their father or grandfather had purchased the property decades ago to be developed and to help them in their retirement years. One told of how his father became deeply depressed when the City reneged on a purchase plan. This led to his father's death. It is a reminder that there are tragic stories behind the City's conduct to deny the owners the right to develop their property so the City can purchase the property cheaply to add to the park. One owner said that the property is still the possible site of the next landfill. How convenient. Claim the property is open space, buy it on the cheap for a park, and then install a landfill on the property. The City has over a period of 10 or so years been purchasing the property at $19,000 to $35,000 an acre. That is a fraction of what the property is worth if allowed to be developed based on the existing zoning. And the shame of it all is that the City would have obtained 75% of the property free of charge if the City did what the Multiple Species Conservation Program calls for. Stephen Goldfarb
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