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Video: SD Planning Commission Denies Quail Brush Re-Zone Initiation

Watch the July 19 San Diego Planning Commission meeting discussing re-zoning for the Quail Brush Power Project.

Read story about July 19 meeting: 

Video of the  will be available on this page shortly. Read more about the Quail Brush Power Project

SDPC voted 4-1 for a motion to deny the initiation of an amendment to re-zone the power plant site from open space to industrial. Read the comments below for key happenings at the meeting.

The applicant, Cogentrix, now has the opportunity to bring this issue to the City Council.

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The item was heard last month, but not enough commissioners attended the meeting to approve or deny the project. It is expected to be heard and voted on early in the meeting.

The Quail Brush Power Plant is proposed to be built in the . The project is in the approval process, and a major step in approval is re-zoning the site from open space to industrial use by the City of San Diego.

The , which didn't come to any conclusion, lasted about six hours and nearly 200 speaker slips were submitted. Though commissioners seemed mostly willing to go along with the project early in the last meeting, by the end there was heated debate.

It has been revealed that the approving agency, the California Energy Commission (CEC), does have the power to override the City's decision, prompting the SDPC chairperson to give this advice to opponents of the power project at the last meeting:

"For those in orange shirts (opponents of the project)- concentrate your energy on the California Energy Commission, regardless of what happens here. That's your next line of attack... they have a potential override of anything done locally."

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Steven Bartholow (Editor) July 19, 2012 at 04:15 PM
Chairperson: Public testimony is closed and will not be reopened. Many speaker slips are coming in, but the public comments must be non-agenda items, won't be part of record or consideration for voting today.
Steven Bartholow (Editor) July 19, 2012 at 04:21 PM
Orange shirts of opposition in the crowd again- SaveMissionTrails.org even got a sign to show up on the video feed when speakers are shown.
Steven Bartholow (Editor) July 19, 2012 at 04:23 PM
Only public record comments up to the June 28 hearing are viable to be considered by the commissioners. Any commissioner can ask opponents or the applicant to come up and speak on a matter.
Steven Bartholow (Editor) July 19, 2012 at 04:29 PM
SDG&E says they have experts at the meeting to answer any questions that come up or came up at the last meeting.
Steven Bartholow (Editor) July 19, 2012 at 04:30 PM
The CEC also has a technical expert in the audience
Steven Bartholow (Editor) July 19, 2012 at 04:39 PM
Commission member Robert Griswold has recused himself because of SDG&E stock ownership
Steven Bartholow (Editor) July 19, 2012 at 04:40 PM
Lydon: "Question is, is this the right site?"
Steven Bartholow (Editor) July 19, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Lydon: "I will not be supporting the initiation of this amendment today." "...in the end the CEC has the power to move this forward."
Steven Bartholow (Editor) July 19, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Motion to deny the initiation has been put out and seconded. Questions being asked/answered now.
Steven Bartholow (Editor) July 19, 2012 at 05:01 PM
4-1 vote, the initiation is not approved, Smiley voted no
Steven Bartholow (Editor) July 19, 2012 at 05:02 PM
The applicant has the opportunity to bring this issue to the City Council. SDPC meeting is adjourned and the initiation of the amendment to rezone has been denied. Story coming soon.
Mike Walker March 05, 2013 at 04:01 PM
CPUC Commissioner Peevey lobbies behind the scene his pro gas, pro Utility co agenda http://www.eastcountymagazine.org/print/12630

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