Mission Hills Heritage Holds Fundraiser for Legal Challenge to Community Plan Update

| June 5, 2017 | 0 Comments

Mission Hills Heritage (MHH), an all-volunteer community organization, will hold a fundraiser on Saturday, June 3, 2017 to support its legal challenge to the City’s approval of the Uptown Community Plan Update. The event takes place from 4 to 7 p.m. at 4455 Hermosa Way, the William Templeton Johnson-designed home of Gordon and Dalia Hunt, overlooking Mission Valley. Wine and cheese will be served at the event.

As background, last November the San Diego City Council adopted a last minute re-write of the Uptown Community Plan that had been in the making for over seven years. Only days before the City Council voted, the Planning Department threw out land use maps that had been developed through years of community input and replaced them with maps based on the old 1988 plan. Similarly, the environmental analysis underpinning the project was hastily recrafted to fit the revised plan without properly analyzing and addressing that plan’s numerous, unmitigated impacts on the community. And in an unprecedented move, the Planning Department ignored extensive recommendations from Uptown Planners, the City’s officially recognized community planning group for Uptown.

The resulting community plan will invite irreparable damage to the character of Mission Hills. MHH’s primary concerns include that the new community plan will allow new buildings up to 100’ tall or higher in the commercial core area of Mission Hills, and that the new plan includes no timetable for processing potential historic districts identified for the Mission Hills neighborhood. In the weeks leading up the City Council vote, MHH had collected over 880 signatures on a petition supporting a permanent 50’ building height limit in the commercial core area of Mission Hills.

Following the City Council vote, MHH filed a lawsuit this January to challenge the environmental analysis underlying the City Council’s decision to adopt the new plan. SOHO is a co-petitioner on the lawsuit. Litigation is expensive and MHH must pay for legal and land use experts to present the case.

There is no minimum admission to the fundraiser, but MHH is seeking generous contributions to help defray the cost of the lawsuit. For more details, visit www.MissionHillsHeritage.org. Please RSVP at (619) 497-1193 or info@MissionHillsHeritage.org.

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