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Council Committee Overwhelmingly Supports Community Planning Group Reforms Following Circulate Recommendations and Press Conference
San Diego (December 5, 2019) – The San Diego Land Use and Housing Committee voted unanimously to support 31 meaningful reforms to Community Planning Groups that would unlock greater democratic participation in community planning, increase training, and streamline the development review process.
Recommendations that the Committee, which is made of Councilmembers Vivian Moreno, Chris Ward, Jennifer Campbell, and Scott Sherman, supported are included as an attachment in an unofficial summary.
Circulate San Diego hosted a press conference with community members and stakeholders in support of the reforms ahead of the Land Use and Housing hearing today. The hearing occurred after a Task Force brought forward recommendations, following reports released by Circulate San Diego, the San Diego County Grand Jury, and the San Diego City Auditor. These recommendations address serious concerns with the structure of Community Planning Groups, which are the City’s official advisory community groups on all issues relating to land use, transportation, and housing.
“Community Planning Groups must reflect the community’s they are tasked to represent when they perform the important work of advising the City of San Diego,” said Maya Rosas, Director of Policy for Circulate San Diego. “Support for reform is support for democratizing San Diego’s community planning efforts and ensuring that all San Diegans are equally represented.”
The following advocates and stakeholders participated in the press conference:
- Matthew Vasilakis, Climate Action Campaign
- Marissa Tucker, Rise North Park
- Patrick Santana, Rise Uptown
- Rammy Cortez, Hub and Spoke Communities
- Ricardo Flores, LISC
- Sharon Gehl, Mission Hills resident
- Barbarah Torres, Clairemont resident
- Maya Rosas, Circulate San Diego
Photos from the press conference are attached.
About Circulate San Diego
Circulate San Diego is a regional nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing mobility and making the region a better place to move, work, learn and play. Our work focuses on creating great mobility choices, more walkable and bikeable neighborhoods, and land uses that promote sustainable growth. For more information, go to www.circulatesd.org.