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Quail Brush Power Plant Hits Roadblock in Approval Process

The San Diego Planning Commission denied the initiation to re-zone the plant site from open space to industrial use, but will be appealed by Cogentrix.

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Updated July 19 @ 3:45 p.m.

A gas-fired power plant planned near the Santee and Mission Trails ran into at least a temporary roadblock today when the an application to have staff fully study rezoning the area.

The application to initiate a review of the East Elliott Community Plan, with the intention of re-zoning the site from open space to industrial use, by Charlotte, N.C.-based Cogentrix led to strong opposition from residents of Santee, which is adjacent to the proposed 22-acre property.

The Planning Commission voted 4-1 to deny the application, but Cogentrix can, and will file an appeal to the San Diego City Council.

"We are disappointed with the decision today as we believe we met the criteria to initiate the Community Plan Amendment," said Cogentrix Project Manager . "We plan to appeal the decision to the City Council as we believe it is extremely important for the city to be involved in the CEC process."

A state panel, the California Energy Commission, also has jurisdiction over the Quail Brush Generation Project, which calls for a 100-megawatt plant that would be put to use during periods of high demand on the energy grid. The CEC could also override any decision by SDPC or the San Diego City Council.

Opponents claim it would be incompatible with the surrounding area, which includes homes, and .

The commissioners listened to of testimony at a public hearing on the plant three weeks ago, but not enough members of the necessary to approve or deny the proposal.

Commissioner Mary Lydon, who missed the first meeting, said she watched a and ended up voting against the project.

-City News Service

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Joe Spencer July 19, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Aside from the fact that its just a bad idea...what it boils down to is that everyone involved knows what a horrible political decision it would be and their time in office or other positions would be short-lived if this gets approved by them.
rudy reyes July 20, 2012 at 07:28 AM
Thus was a huge win! We can pull together and protect our community! But the fight isn't over!! Get ready.
Kathy July 20, 2012 at 09:51 AM
Unfortunately, this is not over and we all know MONEY talks and someone will pay off someone for their vote. This is all about money for Corp America and they could careless about the Santee residents, home values, lives of students and teachers at West Hills, environment, protected wildlife and anything else that makes Santee a great place to live. We MUST continue to fight and fight hard to make sure this Power Plant never happens in our City of Santee.
Bill Howell July 20, 2012 at 02:35 PM
Please keep us posted as to when it makes the SD City Council Agenda so we can end up with hundreds of people and overflow crowds down there to let them know how we feel!
Mary July 20, 2012 at 03:47 PM
The California Energy Commission could over-ride the Planning Commission, so keep the pressure up. Public input helped in this case, but the CEC needs to be inundated with disapproval by the community also.
Retha Knight July 21, 2012 at 10:19 PM
Our quality of life is worth fighting for now! This Quail Brush Power Plant is on a fast track ! Please don't wait - Join the fight to save our MTRP, Health, Surrounding Communities, and Property Values! Our community outreach meetings are currently every Monday night at 7 PM.   Location:  SONRISE CHURCH - 8805 N. Magnolia Ave., Santee 92071  - in the Study Meeting  Room.      Save Mission Trails.org  is an all volunteer group
Sandy September 12, 2012 at 02:29 AM
Tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 25, 10 am, at 202 C St, San Diego, 92101. Check http://savemissiontrails.org/meetings/ for updates. Be there! In the meantime, everyone write your letters to San Diego City Councilmembers and the CEC now! You can find the contact info at savemissiontrails.org home page's most recent post.

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