6/3/2020 - PQ-NE Action Group will be holding a
Virtual Community Town Hall Meeting on June 16, 2020.
The PQ-NE Action Group, as
many of you know, is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization established with
a mission to inform, promote and preserve a safe and livable environment
for our local community. Our initial success story is the beautiful
Cresta Bella apartment complex at the corner of Peñasquitos Drive and
Carmel Mountain Road—our group worked with the City of San Diego and the
developers to restructure it from 1,000+ apartments into a 368-unit,
architecturally pleasing housing project that benefited everyone.
Today, there is
significant redevelopment activity in our small, landlocked section of
Rancho Peñasquitos, which will essentially double the number of housing
units in our neighborhood (please see the updates below). This message
is to keep you informed of current community concerns and actions. Also,
to let you know that the PQ-NE Action Group is planning a Virtual
Community Town Hall on June 16 at 6:00 PM that will provide
up-to-date information, and a forum where you can ask questions. More
information on this event is included at the end of this letter.
Our most recent efforts
are focused on Millennium PQ—the redevelopment of the former Karlan
Hotel into a high density, 331-unit apartment project with three- and
five-story buildings. We all have witnessed the destruction of the hotel
property to make room for these apartments. If the City of San Diego and
the new owners (The Dinerstein Companies, based in Houston, TX) have
their way, it will be ready for occupancy in about two years.
The key concern of our
group, and our legal team, is not just the replacement of the existing
hotel and community recreational concept, but the redevelopment process
itself. We believe it has been fast-tracked by the City without due
process, violating many state requirements, San Diego’s own municipal
code, and, our Rancho Penasquitos Community Plan.
With the financial support
of many of our community neighbors, the PQ-NE Action Group has retained
a local land-use law firm. After their thorough evaluation of the facts
surrounding the greenlighting of this project, we authorized our
attorneys to file suit against the City of San Diego in Superior Court
on May 11.
While we are not against
redevelopment within our community, we can’t stand by silently when
proposed plans risk the safety of our neighbors with regard to fire
evacuations and daily traffic congestion caused by only one access and
egress road, Penasquitos Drive. We are asking that plans be analyzed and
reviewed so that growth can be intentional, with infrastructure
improvements as necessary. Such planning and transparency has been
entirely lacking with the Millennium PQ project, this developer’s first
proposal in San Diego County.
To clarify our legal
concerns, after reviewing our case, our land use attorneys have
concluded that the City of San Diego Development Services Department is
in gross violation of multiple laws. Here is a brief snapshot:
They are violating CEQA
(California Environmental Quality Act).
The legal documents
governing zoning and development for this property are being
Violation of California
Supreme Court rulings re: the authority of Community Plans.
But, what concerns us most
is that the City has bypassed the proper analyses and reviews by
experts for fire and traffic safety. Residents will recall that we
had mandatory evacuations during both the 2003 and 2007 wildfires.
For many, it took HOURS to get out of the neighborhood. Our
community is land-locked, and the two-lane street leading to the
I-15 is the only way in/out! Adding another 331 units of housing to
our “built out” community will only make this fire safety problem
The City is preparing
to permit a development our legal team believes is moving forward
illegally, and one that will put our community members’ safety at
significant risk. Therefore, we have gone to court—an expensive
undertaking, but necessary.
What you can do to
If you did not receive
this email directly and would like to be added to our automatic
distribution list, please sign up at SavePQ.org.
On June 16 at 6 PM, we
will hold a one-hour Virtual Community Town Hall to provide further
details and answer any questions you may have. We invite you to
participate in the meeting—simply send a message to
PQNEActionGroup@Gmail.com asap with your name and email address
to register. Then we will send you the login information (the
meeting will be limited to 100 participants).
The battle to protect
our community is expensive. We appreciate your continued financial
support to manage development in northeast Rancho Peñasquitos to
maintain a community we are proud to call our own.
Please give securely via PayPal or credit card at: http://savepq.org/donate.html
Or send a check payable to: “PQ-NE Action
14624 Wye Street, San Diego CA 92129
We very much appreciate your help in our
community’s struggle against runaway development!
The Board Members
PQ-NE Action Group
For more information on PQ-NE Action Group's activities, please view
our recent Newsletters.