To the Honorable City Council of The City of San Diego:
We, the undersigned registered voters of The City of San Diego, California, by this petition hereby respectfully propose the following legislative act be adopted by the City Council or submitted to the registered voters of The City of San Diego for their adoption or rejection:
“THE CITY OF SAN DIEGO SHALL STOP THE PLANNED HOUSING DEVELOPMENT BY THE SAN DIEGO HOUSING AUTHORITY IN FAMOSA CANYON/SITE 428 (parcels 449-110-1000, 449-270-3400, 449-261-0100 thru -0500, 449-262-0100 thru -0500), SHALL PREVENT ANY FUTURE RESIDENTIAL/COMMERCIAL DEVELOPMENT BY THE CITY OR PRIVATE ENTITY AND HAVE THE CANYON/SITE 428 PRESERVED AND REZONED TO A OPEN SPACE PARK (OP-2-1, San Diego Municipal Code Chapter 13 Article 1 Division 2)”
As San Diego is being carved up into housing developments to address the housing crisis, issues of keeping open space is a genuine concern of all local communities. Peninsula residents are fighting for the protection, preservation and rezoning of a five acre piece of land known as “Famosa Canyon.” Originally gifted to the City of San Diego for parkland in 1909, it has been used as a passive park for multiple recreational activities. It is one of the last remaining open spaces in the area. For this reason, property owners and residents of the Peninsula community have chosen to appeal directly to San Diego citizens to help save Famosa Canyon from the eminent threat of development.
The citizens of San Diego support this initiative based on the following:
Preserves Famosa Canyon as a open space park. Besides the natural shoreline parks of sunset cliffs and ocean beach, the Peninsula is 32 acres less the required 115 acres per Park & Recreation standard. Parks and open spaces are valuable assets that promote the well-being of all citizens bringing mental and physical benefits.
Prevents added traffic congestion and more demands/strain on out-of-date infrastructure. New development continues degrading the level of service (LOS) within vicinity intersections. The Correia Jr. High School Sports Complex adjacent to the canyon will degrade LOS on Famosa Blvd to “D”. More development may require a Famosa Blvd extension through Famosa Slough to West Point Loma Blvd, costing the city/taxpayers millions.
Gives citizens of San Diego and the Peninsula a voice. The importance of citizen participation in decisions affecting their community ensures all elements of the existing San Diego General Plan policies are utilized, eliminating sole focus on the Housing element. The Plan has several goals directly related to protecting/preserving open space located in the Conservation and Recreation elements.