Screen Shot 2014-06-15 at 10.25.51 AMThe Ocean Beach Community Plan is nearing the end of an update process that has lasted 12 years and 5 mayoral administrations.

This plan sets forth guidelines for development in Ocean Beach for the foreseeable future.

Please sign the Petition to Support the OB Community Plan.

The draft Community Plan maintains and enhances the established nature of Ocean Beach residential neighborhoods, and encourages mixed commercial/residential development in the commercial district. It maintains our small-scale character of Ocean Beach with unobstructed and accessible beach frontage, and it promotes a pedestrian-friendly community.

Unfortunately, on May 29th, the City of San Diego Planning Commission undermined the intent of the Ocean Beach Community Plan.

Their recommended change removed references to OB’a Floor Area Ratio (FAR), a code element followed for over 30 years which has been crucial to OB’s small-scale character. FAR is a limit on the allowable square footage of development on a lot.

The Planning Commission’s revision could expose OB to bulky overdevelopment.

The Draft Community Plan is the result of broad community participation and consensus, and is endorsed by the following organizations: OB Planning Board, OB Town Council, OB Mainstreet Association, OB Historical Society, Friends of the OB Library, OB Community Foundation, OB Community Development Corporation.

Background: The Community Plan Update identifies OB as a small-scale coastal village and further
expresses General Plan policies in OB through the provision of site-specific recommendations that
implement the City of Villages strategy. Recommendations in the Plan are intended to encourage new
development which minimizes intrusions and maximizes public views. Such recommendations include
utilizing upper story setbacks, gable alignment with view corridors, and avoiding “walling off” public views.

Please sign the Petition to Support the OB Community Plan.

By signing this petition you are stating you support the language of Recommendation 4.2.9 contained
in the current Draft OB Community Plan, which was agreed upon by community groups and the City
Attorney’s office, rather than the weaker language recommended by the Planning Commission.

Current Draft – Recommendation 4.2.9 (with footnote):

4.2.9 Maintain the community’s small-scale character and avoid exceptions to established Floor Area Ratios to the greatest extent possible under the law.(1)

  • (1) Existing regulations specify FARs of 0.7, 0.75, 1.80, and 2.0 for the RM-2-4, RM-1-1, RM-5-12. and CC-4-2 zones, respectively.

San Diego Planning Commission Recommended Change (footnote removed):
4.2.9 Maintain the community’s small-scale character and evaluate exceptions on a case by
case basis to achieve the goals of the residential guidelines.

Tell the City Council NO!!! to the recommended changes made by the by the City of San Diego’s Planning Commission that puts OB at risk to Bulky Over-Development.

Ways to submit this petition:

(A) By mail by June 25 to OB Planning Board, PO Box 7090, San Diego CA 92167
(B) Scan and send electronically by June 29 to
(C) Drop it off no later than June 29 at the Dog Beach Dog Wash, 4933 Voltaire St, San Diego CA 92107.

The San Diego City Council will consider adoption of the OB Community Plan on June 30th at 2:00pm.  Please attend this hearing, wear blue to show support for the plan, and speak in favor of the OB Community Plan!  RSVP on Facebook!


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