The project is a proposed ballot measure that would amend the San Diego Municipal Code (Municipal Code) to remove the Midway-Pacific Highway Community Planning Area from the existing 30-foot height limit on buildings constructed in the Coastal Height Limit Overlay Zone.
This measure does not approve any specific development, and any proposed future development must comply with all governing laws. Building height would still be regulated by other zoning laws in the Municipal Code.
Voters in the City of San Diego (City) approved a citizens’ initiative measure in 1972 that limited the height of buildings in the City to 30 feet in the Coastal Zone. Voters adopted the original language and are thus asked in this measure to consider an amendment to the law to remove the Midway-Pacific Highway Community Planning Area from the height limitation.
As defined in the 1972 ballot measure, and now as part of the Municipal Code, the geographic boundaries of the Coastal Zone include the City’s land and water area from the northern City limits, south to the border of Mexico, extending seaward to the outer limit of the City’s jurisdiction and inland to Interstate 5.
The Midway-Pacific Highway Community Planning Area contains approximately 1,324 acres of land. The approximate boundaries of the Midway-Pacific Highway Community Planning Area are Interstate 8 on the north, the San Diego International Airport on the south, Interstate 5 on the east, and Lytton Drive on the west. The Midway-Pacific Highway Community Planning Area includes the land surrounding Midway Drive and Sports Arena Boulevard, including the Pechanga Arena San Diego.
If approved by a majority vote of those qualified voters who vote on the ballot measure, the ballot measure would amend the law in the Municipal Code to change the height limit in the area defined as the Midway-Pacific Highway Community Planning Area. The amendments would take effect after the results of the election are certified in a resolution of the City Council.