Does Chula Vista need more housing?

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K. Brian Colclasure Says:

Sat, May 23 2015 07:19 AM

Pressure to live in the land of unrelenting sunshine will continue no matter the cost of housing nor the level of community regulation; therefore, allowing housing to continue to expand or limiting the regulation of the rate of growth will make little difference. At some point, a community must decide the quality of life that it can live with.

We in South Bay Chula Vista currently suffer the consequences of subservience to developers. East Lake has made the rich developers richer, but the burden rests on the citizens who must drive north to their jobs, north to the richer diversity of services and products, and north the modern culture of the 21st Century. Chula Vista remains a bedroom community - a suburb within the metropolitan region. We can go only north, and that is the problem. There are only two thoroughfares each workday: I-5 and 805, but both are clogged to the point of grid-lock in the a.m. Any further development only worsens the situation. We are dependent on the reality of our geography and giving the developers the right to worsen our situation makes no sense.

The argument that population growth will continue as a result of our fecundity is weak. Like people everywhere else, if life is too expensive, our children will move to where it is affordable, where jobs are plentiful, where the cost of living is more balanced, where the quality of life is equally satisfying. Our dependence on distant water sources is evidence enough, we cannot continue to grow unplanned.

We, the citizens of our community, must insist on a voice in our quality of life. If development is contrary to this, then it must be controlled. If the smug managers of civic life 'know more' than the rest of us, then let them come up with solutions to our transportation, environmental, and quality of life issues. But, they must be real solutions rather than self interested double-talk.


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