Like many residents of Solana Beach, I have watched the years-long process of putting in place a Land Use Plan for our city with interest, as this plan will determine the character of our community for years to come.
So I was extremely dismayed to learn that our Land Use Plan process was hijacked last spring by some activist members of the California Coastal Commission staff who apparently thought they know what’s best for our city when they dumped our carefully-crafted plan in favor of a significantly altered plan of their own.
I am frankly appalled to learn that the Land Use Plan, which was drafted with public input and approved by our City Council, was greatly altered and then quickly approved by the Coastal Commission without Solana Beach citizens having the opportunity to review and weigh in on these changes.
But I’m more appalled at the apparent lack of concern by the City Council over this abuse of the Coastal Commission’s authority and of due process. Our community spent years on this plan, and the Council hasn’t even put it on its agenda for discussion? They don’t even seem to be concerned that their authority was usurped by an unelected body.
It’s time for Solana Beach to complete our plan, but we must respect the process that so many community members put their heart into. Our City Council needs to be faithful to the will of the people and stand behind the plan they approved. I hope you’ll follow this important story closely.