BLPlanningThe community of Barrio Logan, one of San Diego’s oldest neighborhoods, currently contains an unhealthy mix of homes, schools, and industries.

EHC and community residents have fought for decades for a new community plan and zoning in the community. Here’s where we currently stand.

We expect the City Council to adopt the draft community plan consistent with EHC’s Barrio Logan Community Action Team’s vision by the end of 2013. This will culminate more than ten years of concerted effort by the community, summarized below.

Step 1: Create the vision. The Barrio Logan Community Action Team created their vision of a healthy neighborhood, one with adequate affordable housing, and one that preserved community character and promoted a livable community. The Community Action Team participated in a land-use SALTA training to prepare members for the work ahead.

Step 2: Convert the vision into a land-use map. The Community Action Team worked with a professional land-use planner to develop a Barrio Logan Vision Map separating incompatible land uses.

Step 3: Gain community support. The Community Action Team engaged house meetings, community meetings, presentations to other groups, door-to-door canvassing, and participation in community fairs to explain and gain support for the vision. The Community Action Team gathered signatures of more than 1,000 supporters.

Step 4: Get the process started. Developing a new Community Plan requires the allocation of city staff and money. EHC secured $1.5 million from the Centre City Development Corporation to get the ball rolling.

Step 5: Incorporate the vision into the elements of a new Community Plan: A community plan has many elements, making it a good tool for comprehensive change. The draft Barrio Logan Community Plan contains the following elements: land use, mobility, urban design, economic prosperity, public facilities, services and safety, recreational, conservation, noise, historic preservation and art and culture. Each can promote the community vision.

Step 6: Be persistent. More than 30 public meetings took place since the planning process officially began in 2008. We have as many Community Action Team meetings to review drafts and prepare for the meetings.

Step 7: Gain support of local city council representatives. A new Community Plan goes through numerous committees and advisory boards, but it ultimately the City Council must pass it. Inviting councilmembers to community meetings, making advocacy visits to their offices, and providing them with evidence of the community support for the plan all help to secure their support.

Step 8: Celebrate adoption, but monitor implementation. Passage of a Community Plan in itself does not change zoning or provide the money necessary to implement the plan. Community organizing and advocacy must continue to realize the vision.

Read our timeline of community land-use planning efforts in Barrio Logan.

New Community Plans take a long time to accomplish often need intermediate steps. Some of the other community land-use activities that took place in Barrio Logan include:

 

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