All Peoples Church submitted its revised project package to the City of San Diego for review on March 12. We are hopeful that this submittal addresses all outstanding issues and the City will move forward with the environmental review for the project.
Over the last two years, All Peoples Church has worked with neighbors and community groups to share information about the project, answer questions, and listen to concerns. As a result, we have made a number of changes to the project over time to address issues raised by neighbors and the community, including:
- Reduced height of the majority of the building from 33’ to 30’ (with exception of architectural elements)
- Property line screening on north end – enhanced landscaped buffer and assistance with fence upgrades
- Agreed to gate off surface parking in north to eliminate activity except during church services
- Additional landscaping at the retaining wall near College Avenue
- Will replace trees in College Avenue median that are removed with construction of intersection
We look forward to completing the review with the City and moving forward with the remainder of the project approval process.
All Peoples Church is continuing to communicate with the community and city officials as we move through about the project approval process. Recently the team received comments from the city on the third project submission and is preparing for a fourth submission. One issue of focus is the project sewer system, on which we are working on some creative solutions. We also anticipate that the traffic study prepared for the project will be signed off on by the city (traffic counts were conducted in April 2019, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic). In response to heightened community interest in the project, we prepared a “myth vs. fact” section on our website to provide answers to misconceptions about the church and the project. We have also started an instagram page to distribute information and share updates about the project (instagram.com/lightprojectsandiego).
All Peoples Church made what we hope is our final submittal of plans to the City of San Diego over the summer and we are expecting final comments soon. An environmental review of the project would then be conducted before the project can move forward to the Planning Commission and City Council for public hearings.
In November, the project will be presented to the Navajo Community Planners, the official advisory group to the City of San Diego on community land use issues. We will ask the group for a recommendation of approval of the project, which will be forwarded to the City of San Diego.
All Peoples Church has submitted and received notes from the city of San Diego on our 2nd submittal regarding site plans. We are in the process of dialoging with the community and state entities to develop the best plan possible for the site development. Thank you for your patience and input as a community as we work with the city, the highway department, and the surrounding community in discussing our plans.
All Peoples Church has recently been made aware of a new city ordinance in San Diego that allows churches to be built with considerably less parking than previously required in order to allow churches to create housing in their parking lots to help those that experience homelessness. While All Peoples Church is committed to restoring the lives of those that are experiencing homelessness, we want to communicate to the community – specifically our new neighbors in the Del Cerro area – that we have no plans to reduce the size of our parking lot or house homeless people on our property. We need all of our allotted parking spaces to support our worship services each weekend at All Peoples Church. Our parking facilities are important to ensure that our congregants park on site and not in the surrounding neighborhood.