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San Diego Could Eliminate Height Limits Near Transit

San Diego Mayor Kevin Faulconer is following up on an idea first pitched during a State of the City address, but with a few teaks.
December 9, 2019, 9am PST | James Brasuell | @CasualBrasuell
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San Diego planners recently outlined a policy proposal championed by Mayor Kevin Faulconer to eliminate height limits on new development near transit, reports Andrew Keatts.

The plan has evolved since Faulconer first announced it at the State of the City address earlier this year, explained by Keatts. "For instance, there would be no changes in single-family home neighborhoods. The policy would be limited to properties that already allow developers to build multi-family housing that are also within a half-mile of rail stations or bus stops where two lines with decent frequency operate."

The proposal also includes an optional height bonus program that will offer additional height to developers in exchange for community benefits, like affordable housing and public realm improvements.

Keatts lists a lot more specifics for the proposal, called the "Complete Communities," which includes specific actions on transportation, parks and recreation, and infrastructure. 2019 was momentous for planning in San Diego, after the city implemented eliminated parking minimums and debated inclusionary zoning fiercely before Mayor Faulconer vetoed a City Council ordinance in September.

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Published on Thursday, December 5, 2019 in Voice of San Diego
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