San Diego Planning Commission

MAYOR FILNER APPOINTS NEIGHBORHOOD CHAMPIONS TO SD PLANNING COMMISSION

 

June 18, 2013 (San Diego)--Mayor Bob Filner appointed Theresa Quiroz and Anthony Wagner, two long-time neighborhood champions, to the City’s Planning Commission last week.

“I want to thank Theresa and Anthony for their commitment to our community and believe they will provide a strong voice for our neighborhoods in this new role” Mayor Filner said. “Their experience in community groups, knowledge of land use issues, and belief in healthy and vibrant neighborhoods will make them great additions to the Planning Commission.”

The appointments were approved unanimously by the San Diego City Council.

HEAT IS ON TO STOP REZONING FOR “QUAIL BRUSH” POWER PLANT: PLANNING COMMISSION TO HEAR ISSUE ON JUNE 28

 
By Miriam Raftery
 
June 20, 2012 (San Diego) – Amid vocal community opposition, the city of San Diego’s  Planning Commission will soon consider whether to approve a zoning change  that would allow the proposed  gas-fired Quail Brush power plant to be built next to Mission Trails Regional Park. The public  hearing will be held on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at 9 a.m. in the City Administration Building, 202 C Street, 12th floor in downtown San Diego. 

LAST DAY FOR COMMENTS TO PLANNERS ON QUAIL BRUSH POWER PLANT: IS TODAY JUNE 19: HEARING SET FOR JUNE 28

 
June 19, 2012 (San Diego) The San Diego City Planning Commission has received a recommendation by city staff to initiate zoning changes to pave the way for a power plant on the border of Mission Trails Regional Park. A hearing is scheduled at 9 am on Thursday, June 28, 2012 at San Diego City Hall (downtown). Your attendance at this hearing is vital so that you may submit testimony for the record and to show unified public opposition.  Complete a Public Comment slip upon arrival if you wish to speak.

COUNTY PLANNERS VOTE TO DENY TULE WIND INDUSTRIAL WIND TURBINES ON PRIVATE LANDS

By Miriam Raftery

June 9, 2012 (San Diego) – By a unanimous vote, San Diego's Planning Commission voted Friday to deny Iberdrola Renewables’ application for five 492-foot-tall wind turbines on private land under county jurisdiction.

CROSS-BORDER POWERLINES APPROVED

 
By Miriam Raftery
 
June 10, 2012 (San Diego) – The San Diego Planning Commission on Friday approved the Energia Sierra Juarez Gen-Tie project, a power line that Sempra Energy plans to utilize to bring energy from a planned Mexico wind facility across the border to the U.S. That facility’s future is in limbo, however, since a Mexican court has agreed to hear a lawsuit challenging Energia Sierra Juarez. 

SAN DIEGO PLANNING COMMISSION POSTPONES DECISIONS ON TULE WIND AND COUNTY WIND ORDINANCE

Staff recommends denial of Tule Wind turbines on County lands

By Miriam Raftery

May 21, 2012 (San Diego) – A decision on two controversial wind issues have been postponed by San Diego County’s Planning Commission. 

A proposed wind ordinance as well as changes to the Boulevard community plan have been delayed until July 20.  In addition, planners heard public comments on the Tule Wind project proposed for McCain Valley, but postponed a decision until June 8, due to the absence of two planners.

Without changes to the wind ordinance, any approval of industrial-scale turbines would violate county height requirements in rural areas. Thus approval of Tule Wind turbines on County lands June 9 appears unlikely.

TULE WIND, MORE BACKCOUNTRY ISSUES ON AGENDA FOR COUNTY PLANNING COMMISION FRIDAY MAY 18

May 17, 2012 (San Diego) -- San Diego County's Planning Commission will consider several major issues on its Friday agenda, including the Tule Wind Energy major use permit for McCain Valley, as well as the related General Plan Amendment and Zoning Reclassification for the Mountain Empire and Boulevard subregional plan areas.

Planners will also hear staff responses to concerns raised by planners in last week's Wind Energy Ordinance Amendments workshop. The meeting beginas at 9 a.m. at 5201 Ruffing Rd., Suite B in San Diego.

COUNTY PLANNERS DEAL BLOW TO WIND INDUSTRY

 
By Miriam Raftery
 
May 13, 2012 (San Diego)—San Diego’s Planning Commission voted unanimously to have staff evaluate health impacts of wind turbines on people and wildlife. Commissioners balked at approving a proposed county wind ordinance or changes to the Boulevard community plan that could make it easier to gain approval of large-scale wind projects—taking the sails out of the wind industry.

COUNTY WORKSHOP ON WIND ENERGY ORDINANCE SET FOR MAY 11: PLANNERS TO HEAR EXPERT SPEAKERS

By Miriam Raftery

“Our rural East County communities are facing industrial transformation with the potential for hundreds of towering and churning industrial wind turbines surrounding, and looming over, virtually all of our residential neighborhoods and along most of our ruggedly beautiful ridgelines.” – Donna Tisdale, Protect Our Communities Foundation

View a map of industrial-scale renewable energy projects proposed for East County, including many at formerly protected Cleveland National Forest and Bureau of Land Management public lands.

May 9, 2012 (San Diego’s East County)—The County's Wind Energy Ordinance & Plan Amendment Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) will be reviewed at a special San Diego County Planning Commission Workshop at 9 a.m. on Friday, May 11 at 5201 Ruffin Rd., Suite B. The workshop is a response to Commissioners' request for more information after evidence presented at an April 13 hearing indicated that wind turbines can result in negative health impacts from audible and sub audible noise, vibrations, and dirty electricity/stray voltage.