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While the site is owned by the County, it is located within the boundaries of the City of San Diego (City). A City Community Plan Amendment (CPA) and rezone are required to allow County demolition of existing structures and facilitate the development of a multifamily affordable housing community at the site. The CPA process is a discretionary action by the City that requires an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) under the California Environmental Quality Act or CEQA.

The County initiated CPA/rezone with the City and associated CEQA analysis in September 2018.

Community Plan Amendment

The existing base zoning at the project site is Commercial-Office (CO-1-2), which currently allows for affordable multifamily residential uses. The CO-1-2 zone is intended to accommodate a mix of office and residential uses that serve as an employment center and permits a maximum density of one dwelling unit for each 1,500 square feet of lot area. The CPA proposal is to provide for residential at the site with a density of up to 73 dwelling units per acre in order to facilitate the development and continued operation of affordable multifamily homes.

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What is an EIR?

An EIR identifies and examines the likely environmental effects of a proposed project on a variety of resource areas and proposes measures to avoid, minimize or mitigate them.

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What is a CPA?

A Community Plan Amendment is an amendment to an adopted plan that can be triggered by a variety of factors. The CPA process is a discretionary action by the City that requires an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) under the California Environmental Quality Act or CEQA.

View CPA relat.ed documents on the Documents page

Environmental Impact Report

The County is preparing an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) to evaluate the potential environmental impacts of the proposed CPA, pursuant to CEQA. The purpose of an EIR is to provide government agencies and the public with detailed information about the effects a proposed project is likely to have on the environment. Beyond identifying environmental effects, an EIR also identifies ways to avoid, minimize or mitigate those effects.

Community involvement is essential to the CEQA process, which provides several opportunities for public participation. As the first step, the County solicited input during the scoping period on the types of environmental issues, mitigation measures and alternatives to address in the EIR. The County will conduct a public meeting during the environmental scoping period. The Draft EIR will be released for public review and a 45-day public comment period. The Final EIR will address comments raised during the Draft EIR public comment period. The CEQA process will conclude with a Notice of Determination.

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The CEQA process for an EIR is made up of three stages: 1) Scoping, 2) Draft EIR, and 3) Final EIR.

The EIR public scoping period was initiated on September 10, 2018 and was extended beyond the required 30 days to October 19, 2018 to allow for additional input. Two EIR scoping meetings were held during this period, the first on September 25, 2018 and the second on October 15, 2018.

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View EIR related documents on the Documents page