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Court ruling clears way for high-rise housing along new Morena Boulevard trolley line

Developers can proceed with plans for high-rise residential and dense urban villages along San Diego’s new Morena Boulevard trolley line. This is because a judge in a higher court dismissed a proceeding filed by a nearby resident.

Judge Timothy Taylor last week saw city officials how the region’s new growth blueprint will affect parks, traffic, air quality, and other potential impacts subject to state environmental law. We ruled that we analyzed it properly.

City lawyer Mara Elliott issued Wednesday’s ruling in San Diego as it seeks to resolve the affordable housing crisis by allowing San Diego to build dense projects along transport corridors such as the new trolley line. Welcomed as a victory.

“This decision is a victory for hard-working families who want to stay in San Diego, live near their workplace and enjoy a quality life,” Elliott said. “This underutilized transportation corridor is on track to become a vibrant village with restaurants, retail stores, jobs, accessible transportation and affordable housing.”

The proceedings filed shortly after the city council approved the growth blueprint in August 2019 did not consider a viable alternative that could have helped the city mitigate the effects of the blueprint zoning changes. Insisted.

The plan will raise the building height limit for residential projects from 45 feet to 65 feet near the existing Linda Vista / Morena trolley station and up to 100 feet near the new Tecolote station.

Residents who filed a lawsuit in a group called Morena United said on Wednesday that they did not intend to appeal the ruling, but they disagreed with it and still opposed the city’s plans.

“I think this is pushing us into a very bad plan for the region,” said Howard Wayne, a former state legislator and leader of Morena United. “Without funding for the effects it causes, the density will increase significantly.”

Legal efforts to block another new growth blueprint in the neighborhood further north of the new trolley line have also failed.

The proceeding, filed by Friends of Rose Creek, involved a plan to allow a project in northeastern Pacific Beach with significantly higher housing per acre. It was also rejected.

It was a challenge to a plan specific to the area around the city’s Balboa Avenue Station. The lawsuit filed by Molina United was a challenge to the Molina Corridor Specific Plan.

Once the legal hurdles are gone, developers can propose high-density projects along the new trolley line connecting the Old Town and La Jolla. La Jolla is expected to be operational by the end of the year.

Judge Taylor justified San Diego authorities by allowing higher densities along the trolley line without mitigating increased congestion and without adding parks or other equipment to the extent desired by residents. Said it was done.

“All land-use decisions by cities include competing considerations and compromises,” Taylor wrote in a decision on April 9. “The court cannot say in this record that the city has done this balancing except in a legitimate and transparent process.”

Taking parks as an example, Taylor said the city has the discretion to determine if the need for dense housing outweighs the shortage of parks.

“The city has discretion in how to choose a balance between the lack of land in the park and other needs such as the growing population density of the city,” he writes.

Plans affecting Linda Vista cover 280 acres, including the route of the new trolley line and the area around the existing Linda Vista / Morena trolley station on the Green Line.

This will increase the number of residential units allowed in the area from 1,386 to 7,016. This is about five times what is currently allowed in zoning and seven times the existing 996 residential units.

Plans affecting northeastern Pacific Beach cover 210 acres and aim to transform the area from a car-oriented commercial corridor to a dense residential village surrounding the new Tram Station.

This will increase the number of residential units allowed in the area from 1,221 to 4,729. This is almost four times what is currently allowed in zoning and six times the existing 763 residential units.



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