Report: Barrio Logan residents favored failed zoning props

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – Voters in the city of San Diego rejected two propositions that would have ratified zoning changes in Barrio Logan, but residents in the affected neighborhood favored the plan, according to a report Friday.

An analysis of voting by precincts in Tuesday’s election found that voters in most areas of San Diego were against Propositions B and C, which sought to uphold the City Council-approved update to the Barrio Logan Community Plan.

But the ballot measures were supported in Barrio Logan, as well as part of downtown, Golden Hill, Hillcrest and City Heights, according to the study by inewsource, a collaboration between KPBS and San Diego State University.

The support in many of those areas was roughly inverse to the final citywide results.

Proposition B failed with 58 percent voting against, while Proposition C lost with 60.5 percent “no” votes. Two propositions were required because the zoning changes were approved in a pair of City Council actions.

The zoning plan would have untangled residential and industrial land uses in the economically disadvantaged neighborhood south of downtown San Diego.

The key feature was a buffer zone where, according to opponents, suppliers to the nearby maritime industry would have found it difficult to expand or implement significant renovations. If such businesses were forced to move, it would have raised costs and reduced the number of jobs at local shipyards, the opponents said.

The shipyards funded a signature-gathering campaign that led to the propositions going before voters this week.

Supporters said the community plan update was the result of five years of work and would have improved the health of Barrio Logan residents.

Councilman David Alvarez, who guided the zoning update through the City Council, said Wednesday he would begin work on a new plan.

Tuesday, Kevin Graney, the vice president of operations at the General Dynamics NASSCO shipyard, said the maritime industry was ready to work with Mayor Kevin Faulconer, and Barrio Logan residents and businesses on an improved plan.

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