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San Diego Loosens Zoning Rules for High-Rise Apartments

San Diego Loosens Zoning Rules for High-Rise Apartments

San Diego has taken a big step towards increasing affordable housing, as the City Council has approved loosening zoning rules where high-rise housing and backyard apartments can be built. In a 5-4 vote, the City Council allowed taller residential buildings to be as far as a mile away from mass transit as opposed to the previous half-mile requirement.

Due to the California housing crunch, the San Diego Union Tribune reports that San Diego could have faced sanctions from the state if this policy was not approved. The city now has over 5,000 additional acres close enough to transit to qualify for developer density bonuses.

Councilwoman Vivian Moreno said the new rules will result in more homes for low- and moderate-income San Diegans, but Councilwoman Jennifer Campbell, who voted against the change, said it will have a terrible impact because studies indicate that most people won’t walk a full mile to mass transit.


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About Mark Nieto

Mark comes to ConnectCRE with an extensive background as a business and news reporter in San Francisco radio, as well as 35 years as a traffic reporter on several stations including KGO, KNBR, KCBS and KFRC. As a business reporter, Mark covered the tech world in Silicon Valley where he became familiar with real estate transactions in the hot Bay Area marketplace. He attended San Jose State University with a BA in Radio and TV Broadcasting and currently resides in the Lake Tahoe area where he gets to frequently enjoy all of his favorite activities: Golfing, Fishing, Hiking and Skiing.

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