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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
TMcC April 19, 2014 at 11:36 AM
Calling all investigative-journalists!! This screams for intensive fact-digging and historicalRead Morerep orting (sadly, more a thing of the past everyday--but defeatism never got anyone anywhere.) We need to know the facts about this land and just what's going on here since everyone seems to want a piece of this land that belongs to private owners. Hasn't it always been the case that demand & location puts the owners in the best position?
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