Barrio Logan Zoning Proposal approved by San Diego Council

Plan first drawn up in 1978 is approved by one vote for improvement of Barrio Logan.

The neighborhood south of downtown of San Diego, Barrio Logan, was given the go ahead on a new community plan on the 1,000-acre community to improve effects of pollution on residents by a 5-4 bipartisan split, according to U-T San Diego.

Barrio Logan is a neighborhood well-known for its industrial and ship building businesses. These zoning changes are meant to preserve the San Diego real estate from pollution and keeping homes, schools, parks and hospitals at a safe distance, according to NBC San Diego.

Shipyard businesses gathered in numbers for the September 17th vote, because they fear with the construction of San Diego real estate, their work will be forced to close. However, according to NBC San Diego, the plan for the zone changes are appealing that owners of shipyards are attempting to move more heavy industry into San Diego real estate.

According to the Environmental Health Coalition, the hospitalization of patients with children’s asthma has been three-times higher than the rest of San Diego County.

According U-T San Diego, the area where they want to create a five-block buffer zone stretches from Newton Avenue and Evans, Main and 28th Street, where the maritime industries own most of the area.

Barrio Logan Councilman (D) David Alvarez, who is running for mayor, received the necessary votes from the four fellow Democrats on the San Diego City Council, from U-T San Diego.

According to UT San Diego, a second reading of the action for the safety of San Diego real estate will have 30 days. In these 30 days, opponents of the plan will have to gather as much as 34,000 signatures for the next ballot. California Coastal approval is also required according to U-T San Diego.

The plan will not produce changes to maritime jobs according to city planners, but the City Council looks to expand San Diego real estate by more than 20 percent in the area. It is unknown at the present time if the city planners will need conditional –use permits or a coastal development permit (which is more time-consuming and more expensive) to erect San Diego real estate.

The City Council could withdraw this action until June 2014, so the plan’s requirements could be decided during the city election in the foresaid month and year.

By Linda Moore

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