Representatives from San Diego County Planning and Development Services hosted a Tuesday online meeting that was open to the community to explain how far along they are in the process of updating the county general plan for Alpine, and how residents can review and comment on potential changes to the community.
There are two documents residents can review. The first is the draft plan which contains several alternatives that would change how Alpine is developed under the general county plan. The second document is an accompanying Supplemental Environmental Impact Report.
Project Manager Tara Leiberman explained the full planning process, which began in 2017, includes six stages of development: analyzing existing conditions; visioning and developing guiding principles; development of goals and policies; assessment of draft land use alternatives and preparation of the draft community plan update; finalization of that community plan; implementation of the plan.
“We are in stage four: assessment of draft land use alternatives, which is expected to wrap up in Spring 2021. Throughout this process there have been several opportunities for feedback,” Lieberman said.
Lieberman said the original county plan for Alpine was written over 40 years ago, then provided an overview of the draft plan. Updates, she said, will accommodate population and demographic changes, protect sensitive habitats, allow for development and generally direct future growth in the community.
After explaining where the county is in the planning process, Lieberman gave an overview of the documents so anyone unfamiliar with county plans can assess the designs and potentially submit feedback, comments and questions on how the plan will potentially change future development of Alpine.
All of Alpine was divided into six sub-areas for the draft plan, Lieberman said, with several plan alternatives laid out for each area.
Lieberman also said the main draft plan has sections on land use; mobility; conservation and open spaces; housing; safety; and noise.
Residents are able to view the supplemental environmental impact report and issue questions or provide feedback on that document as well.
Several of the 54 meeting attendees expressed concern over how a proposed park planned for county-owned acreage adjacent to Wrights Field would tie in with the new plan. Some said they are worried about the proposed entrance on South Grade Road.
The draft plan and environmental impact report are available for review online at: http:// bit.ly/AlpineCPU as well as in person at the Alpine library, located at 1752 Alpine Boulevard. The documents are also available in person at the county office, 5510 Overland Ave., Suite 110, San Diego.
I want to encourage you to submit your comments and questions in writing so we can provide more thorough responses. The best way for us to respond to your comments is to submit them to Donna Beddow,” Efird said.
She can be emailed comments at donna.beddow@sdcounty. ca.gov or mail can be sent to: Donna Beddow at 5510 Overland Ave. #310, San Diego, CA 92123.