San Diego's change from a community growing at a tolerable pace to a seemingly out-of-control urban sprawl has had enormous impact on all its neighborhoods--old and new alike.
By 1984, it was clear the City Council was so influenced by the development industry that it could not uphold its own general plan. In response, the people took a more active role in managing growth by overwhelmingly passing Proposition A. The Times called Proposition A "too extreme" and opposed its adoption.
Now planning groups, community organizations and neighborhood activists have put together a responsible measure to assure orderly change in San Diego--the institutional overlay zone. Once again, The Times opposes a citizen-based initiative to conserve community resources.
It's well-known that this measure has been put together so two important types of public property will have protection that private property does not. School property and city-owned parcels would not be able to be sold or leased without public hearings. This all happens after community planning groups, the Planning Commission and the City Council have determined that specific parcels are "institutional" in character--rather than commercial or residential.