Report: Rock Church ‘incompatible’ with land-use plans at Liberty Station

SAN DIEGO (CNS) – The Rock Church is incompatible with land-use plans
that govern Liberty Station and the city permit that allows it to operate
should be suspended pending a review, the San Diego County Grand Jury said in a
report issued Thursday.

The Rock Church should not have been given a conditional use permit in
an educational area set aside in the land-use plans, according to the grand
jury. The panel recommended that Mayor Jerry Sanders direct the city's
Development Services Department to suspend the license, and review the mega-church's compatibility with the plans and whether it is appropriate for the
area.

Neither the mayor's office nor The Rock Church immediately responded to
messages seeking comment.

The grand jury launched an investigation after it received a complaint
about traffic and parking problems associated with The Rock's 12,000
parishioners on Sundays. The San Diego Police Department has to close Truxton
Road to accommodate the crowds.

Liberty Station, on the site of the old Naval Training Center, is a
mixed-use neighborhood of homes and commercial businesses. Its land-use plans
include an educational area that includes The Rock Church and its associated
school, The Rock Academy, and High Tech High.

The grand jury found that a church was an incompatible use for the
educational area; that traffic congestion and police closure of Truxton Road on
Sundays was a direct result of the incompatibility; and that a conditional use
permit that allows The Rock Church to operate was not allowed to be issued by
the city.

The mayor has until Aug. 22 to respond to the report.

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