Founded in December 2015, in response to developer-funded efforts to rig the Uptown Community Plan Update, Rescue Hillcrest continues to support new structures with heights in scale to the existing environment, land use and urban planning for density appropriate to amenities, and community development responsive to community input. And since the 1988 Plan and need still call for a Hillcrest historic district for San Diego and a green park for Normal Street, we continue to push back against efforts to hijack both of these projects on behalf of private interests.
Uptown Planners is the official City-recognized community planning group to provide a forum for public discussion of planning issues on topics related to land use, development, and discretionary projects in the six neighborhoods of Uptown, which includes Hillcrest.
As they did back in 2016, and each election since, developers have sponsored a slate faithful to them to try and take control of the seats on the board. And since the pro-developer candidates lost again for the seats open in the 2022 election, now pro-developer board members have resigned in order to throw Uptown Planners into chaos, by triggering a third election in less than a year, and distract it from focusing on providing public input on land use decisions — especially on Plan Hillcrest.
All this, from people who claim to care about our community, but committed to replacing your voice in land use decisions. (This letter explains just one of their ongoing efforts to silence residents, and this email exposes their latest.)
The regular meetings of Uptown Planners are held on the first Tuesday of each month (except January and July) at 6:00PM at the Joyce Beers Community Center, 3900 Vermont St.
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