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Website lets residents help design future of Clairemont neighborhood

City looking for ways to add housing and retail
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Posted at 7:34 AM, Feb 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-20 10:34:20-05

SAN DIEGO, Calif. (KGTV) - A new website from the City of San Diego's Planning Department is asking residents to help re-imagine the Clairemont neighborhood.

Clairemontplan.org is like an online public meeting, where people can look at different ideas for adding housing and retail to the neighborhood and weigh in on which ones they like the most.

"We understand not everyone can make an in-person meeting at the time we schedule it for or attend a city council hearing in the middle of the day," says City Planning Director Mike Hansen.

As MTS builds a new trolley line through Clairemont along the I-5, the area is coming up with a new community plan. The city wants to add housing and retail to the area to help meet new goals for housing, transportation and climate change.

To do that, they're looking to add density to the neighborhood.

The website identifies eight areas of Clairemont that could be redeveloped. It asks users to make changes to at least three areas while adding 5,000 new homes. At least 40% of the houses need to be near the trolley.

To help, it offers basic renderings of what different development could look like in each neighborhood.

"We wanted to try to find something that allowed people to get into the weeds if they wanted to," says Tait Galloway, the Program Manager who helped design the website. "But, this still allows them to do it within 15-20 minutes."

The website will be available until March 14th. After that, the answers will be collected and used as the city devises the new Clairemont Community Plan. They hope to present it by the end of 2020.

City leaders hope this will become a template for other neighborhoods and a way to get more people involved in the process.

"We understand not everyone can make an in-person meeting at the time we schedule it for or attend a city council hearing in the middle of the day," says City Planning Director Mike Hansen.

As MTS builds a new trolley line through Clairemont along the I-5, the area is coming up with a new community plan. The city wants to add housing and retail to the area to help meet new goals for housing, transportation and climate change.

To do that, they're looking to add density to the neighborhood.

The website identifies eight areas of Clairemont that could be redeveloped. It asks users to make changes to at least three areas, while adding 5,000 new homes. At least 40% of the homes need to be near the trolley.

To help, it offers basic renderings of what different development could look like in each neighborhood.

"We wanted to try to find something that allowed people to get into the weeds if they wanted to," says Tait Galloway, the Program Manager who helped design the website. "But, this still allows them to do it within 15-20 minutes."

The website will be available until March 14th. After that, the answers will be collected and used as the city devises the new Clairemont Community Plan. They hope to present it by the end of 2020.

City leaders hope this will become a template for other neighborhoods and a way to get more people involved in the process.