Friday, September 18, 2020

Accessory Dwellings and Affordable Housing Top Council Agenda

Coronado City Council
Coronado City Council

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Here’s what the Coronado City Council will be discussing at its meeting on Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Coronado Interfaith Housing Corporation (CIHC): An agreement to lease affordable housing units (on Orange and G Avenues) to the CHIC to renovate the buildings and bring them up to code. The 65-year lease would cost the CIHC one dollar per year. After the lease expires, the units and all of the improvements would revert back to the City of Coronado.

State and Federal lobbying: Andre Monette of Best Best & Krieger (BBK) will report on the firm’s efforts to advance federal legislation concerning border pollution and sewage, along with miscellaneous military issues. Shane LaVigne of Capital Advocacy will give an update on state legislation of interest to the city, including border sewage, state highway relinquishment, drought restrictions and accessory dwelling units (ADU).

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Accessory Dwelling Units: Mayor Richard Bailey sent a letter opposing SB 831 on behalf of the City of Coronado. In his letter he objects to provisions in that legislation that would allow ADUs to be built anywhere in a community, allow garages to be demolished to accommodate an ADU and eliminate city service fees. There will also be a second reading of the city’s new ADU ordinance. All would adversely impact the community, Bailey asserts.

Polystyrene food containers: A request from Councilman Bill Sandke to ban their use. If the rest of the council agrees to the suggestion, the issue would be discussed at a later meeting. This week, legislation to ban polystyrene containers (SB 705) was defeated in the state senate for the second time in two years.

Community Grant Program:  Receive an update from the ad hoc committee charged with recommending revisions to the program. The methods the city council uses to fund community nonprofits has been criticized for its lack of oversite and rigor. Bailey has long been a critic of the process. During his campaign for mayor he pledged to revise the system. The ad hoc committee’s report is the first step in the process. Councilman Mike Donovan is also a member of the subcommittee. This will be the second update on the subcommittee’s progress. A third and final report will be presented at the February 20th meeting

City Council meets at 4pm in Council Chambers at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way.

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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:


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