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Faulconer plans to lower neighborhood inequality

Mayoral candidate Faulconer says, renew growth in south.
Mayoral candidate Faulconer says, renew growth in south.Adam Benjamin

The One San Diego plan Republican mayoral candidate Kevin Faulconer told the public his four points on Tuesday made a point out of giving all neighborhoods equal access to economic opportunity. "The only way our city can truly thrive is when everyone has the opportunity to succeed," Faulconer said.

Time has kept the neighborhoods south of an I-8 divide behind, he said, the hiring in the underserved nieghborhoods not given the opportunity to thrive the neighborhoods in communities built by master builders north of the I-8 have, kept areas that can support more jobs by the newer infrastructure and the ongoing development projects funded by special government fees.

Faulconer plans to update community plans in the south communities to raise urban renewal goals for growth made possible by private and philanthropic investment. Lowering the cost on needed building work the community plans make mandatory for developers sets up the progress layed out in Faulconer's One San Diego plan. The less expensive the building bids the more shops and grocery markets can be built. And, more jobs created.

With Faulconer in the mayor's seat, the development work would get done quicker, the time shorted by a streamlined permitting process that keeps the development costs down. Sustainable building made the list of current city practices that will continue to go forward, but the project environmental reviews would get expedited. Also lowering costs. Community plans would allow developers to depend on innovative land use strategies to improve neighborhoods.

Parking construction costs at housing projects in the underserved neighborhoods near public transportation, that can pack a costly punch a builder must pay, got put on Faulconer's list for pulling back on old policies. A developer would get the option of avoiding the cost, and building parking, by giving the residents transportation passes, or, paying a fee to fund an alternative paarking plan.

The mayoral candidate told the public Tuesday, "As Mayor, I'll create One San Diego where no neighborhood is left out." In the south, growth in opportunities created by private investment the city attracts using the easier permitting and development incentives could "transform" communities undergoing revitalization, he said. Progress he planned for the geographic development areas, he called Economic Opportunity Districts, he insisted will turn around the ongoing unequal development south of the divide.

THis is a Center Line Policy Alert.