VIP Meeting and Vote Taking Place on the Pilot SMART Program Wednesday, November 8, at the Otay Mesa-Nestor Community Branch Library Community Room
Nov 07, 2017 08:12PM ● Published by Paul Spear
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Update (as of 9/26/17): Legal Issues with proposed Super 8 Motel (Halfway House for Criminals)Below is a California Coastal Commission dated 9/8/2017 regarding this matter. The letter was provided by Councilman Alvarez’s Office. Thank you Vivian Moreno.The San Diego City’s Attorney Office contends that the Super 8 (a.k.a. Halfway House for Criminals) project does not require California Coastal Commission approval. Their argument is that the SMART program conversion (motel to transitional housing) is “not intensifying the use” of this property and therefore is exempt from a Coastal Development Permit. However, according to this Coastal Commission letter (see below), the city of San Diego (CSD) does require a Coastal Development Permit because of a “change of intensity of use” involving this project. As previously stated: Commission Senior Planner Diana Lilly wrote: “The Coastal Commission has the responsibility to both protect existing lower-cost facilities, and to ensure a range of affordable facilities be provided in the new development along the coastline of the state.” “Neither the city of San Diego nor Imperial Beach currently have an abundance of existing lower-cost, overnight accommodations with close access to the coast.” Garrick, D (2017, July 12) . Homeless facility proposed for motel stirring opposition. San Diego Union - Tribune. Retrieved from sandiegouniontribune.com. The CSD may not “side step,” “go over,” or “go around,” the California Coastal Commission in acquiring the Super 8 Motel (1788 Palm Avenue, San Diego, CA 92154) for the Smart Program (a.k.a. Halfway House for Criminals).Furthermore, the Otay Mesa-Nestor Community Plan (OMNCP) as well as the San Diego City’s Community/Land Use Plan must be amended first before the CSD may issue a Coastal Development Permit (must be approved by Coastal Commission). OMNC Group members are not in favor of the proposed Super 8 Motel (Halfway House for Criminals). As previously stated: "OMNCP protects existing motels and recommends rehabilitating them and not transforming them into Halfway Houses for Criminals."The San Diego City Council (8 to 1 vote) may have approved the purchase of the Super 8 Motel, but the South Bay multi community effort to stop this Super 8 Motel (Halfway House for Criminals) project is not over.Thanks,RodelPS: Let’s have a great community turn out (residents, children, business owners, staff, employees, officials, realtors, property owners, club members, local editors & writers) on Wednesday.