San Diego is aiming to get more feedback on future housing and commercial projects by allowing residents to offer opinions and suggestions online, instead of attending community forums and local planning group meetings.
“With this new tool, residents can tell city planners exactly where they would like future development to go and what they want it to look like,” Mayor Kevin Faulconer said in a news release. “We want to make sure we are giving folks every opportunity possible to make their voices heard.”
The launch of the new tool comes after a new city audit this winter found that San Diego’s 42 neighborhood planning groups lack transparency and fail to attract a cross-section of residents.
Residents will be asked to specify their priorities for future development in eight geographic zones, including areas near planned stations on a new trolley line along Morena Boulevard and other transportation corridors.
They will pick from a variety of theoretical residential and commercial developments with the requirement that they find at least 5,000 new housing units for the city. Forty percent of those units must be near three new trolley stations.
The new digital engagement tool is being launched first in Clairemont, where an update to the community’s blueprint for growth is under way.
The digital feedback tool can be accessed at clairemontplan.org/online-community-engagement-tool.
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