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Uptown Community Plan Update discussion moved to January

SAN DIEGO -- At the Uptown Planners’ monthly meeting on Dec. 3, the board voted to push the plan update back from Dec. 10 to Jan 3 to avoid overlap with residents traveling for the holidays. The Dec. 3 meeting also featured a lengthy, though primarily informational, discussion on the issue of height limits in the Uptown community plan update.

Present at the meeting on behalf of the San Diego Planning Department was Community Planner Marlon Pangilinan, who presented and distributed the draft of a map visualizing height limits recommended by residents during a series of community input meetings held in 2010 and 2011, although Pangilinan stated that the draft was not necessarily representative of the current sentiments of the communities, as some communities had relatively small turnouts. The maps also predated the Interim Height Ordinance recently passed by City Council.

Hillcrest stood out on the map as an area with a variety of differing opinions on what the height limit should be. At the Jan. 7 meeting, the planners will hear presentations from Hillcrest’s residential and business communities—which are generally regarded as holding opposing viewpoints on the issue—the latter being supportive of less restrictive height limits in the name of growth and development. Residential groups, on the other hand, have historically favored low height limits as a way of preserving neighborhood character.

The update isn’t expected to be finalized until late 2014. The Jan. 7 Uptown Community Plan Update will take place at the Joyce Beers Community Center.

(Editor's note: This post originally appeared on SDGLN media partner San Diego Uptown News.)