Sunday, March 26, 2023

NAS Airport Land Use Tops City Council Agenda for May 2

At its meeting on Tuesday, May 2 the city council will consider: issuing bonds to finance a reclaimed water treatment plant (RWTP) project on the golf course, a mobile device policy for council members, a scientifically valid citizen survey, mounting a challenge to the Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan (ALUCP) for North Island, and a public art project. The council will also vote on a number of routine matters, including Glorietta Sewer Main Emergency repair, purchase of a mobile command unit to help protect the public safety in the face of a critical incident or natural disaster, and an application to the California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery (CalRecycle) program.

Final AICUZ Study Update for NASNI and NOLF IB. Figure 5-7

The Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan (ALUCP). The city charges that the ALUCP is “in direct conflict and wholly inconsistent with [Coronado’s] long-term land use plan and vision for the community as embodied in the [city’s] General Plan and Zoning,” the staff report said. Updates in the Navy’s Air Installation Compatible Use Zones (AICUZ) were issued in 2011. The city opposes the AICUZ changes as well. Principally because it puts some of this city’s most valuable property (the Shores and Ocean Blvd.) in a crash zone, thus curtailing property owner’s rights in those areas.

Tax Exempt Obligations or bonds would give the city the option to issue bonds to reimburse the cost of the RWTP project. Moving forward with the RWTP was approved at the April 18 meeting and the project is expected to cost approximately $20 million. The city could finance the project with cash reserves, but this money may be needed for other operating and capital needs. The resolution doesn’t tie the council to either approach. It simply gives financing options that can be applied as the project moves forward.

Citizen satisfaction surveys help city officials gauge public opinion and set policy. At its February 7 meeting, the council asked the staff to develop options on the types of surveys available and their costs.

Mobile device policy calls for giving each council member a mobile device to use for city business while in office. It also establishes rules for their use. Council members already have e-mail accounts and office phones. Mobile devices would give residents easier access to their representative and provide more transparency.

Sit a Spell and Play A Tune piano wrap design by Coronado Artist Jody Esquer. Image from City Council Agenda for May 2, 2017.

“Sit a Spell and Play A Tune” is an art installation that invites passersby to play a piano. Fire Chief Mike Blood donated a console piano. Coronado artist Jody Esquer designed a digital wrap that features a colorful collage of iconic landmarks, including the Hotel Del. Potential sites for the installation include, Rotary Plaza and the Ferry Landing. For its first year the project has been paid for with a contribution of $2,500 to honor the memory of Jim and Barbara Darnell.


The meeting begins at 4:00 pm in city council chambers at 1825 Strand Way.

Gloria Tierney
Gloria Tierney
A freelance writer in San Diego for more than 30 years. She has written for a number of national and international newspapers, including the Times of London, San Diego Tribune, Sierra Magazine, Reuters News Service and Patch.Have news to share? Send tips, story ideas or letters to the editor to: [email protected]