After a three year technical review process and over 20 community meetings, All Peoples is excited to announce our Environmental Impact Report is available for community review. We look forward to discussing our project plans with the community in upcoming meetings.
On October 22, 2021, the City of San Diego kicked off the environmental review process for The Light Project with the release of a Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report for the project. This is an important milestone in the project review process, as the environmental review is needed before the project can be considered by the Planning Commission and City Council.
The release of the Notice of Preparation begins a 30-day public scoping process where members of the public can submit comments about issues that they believe should be addressed in the environmental review. You can review the Notice of Preparation by visiting https://www.sandiego.
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 and its project team are working to develop responses and revisions to project plans in response to the comments submitted by the City over the summer. A number of the issues that need to be addressed are technical and require input from both the City and Caltrans before responses can be finalized. Once these are resolved, the project will be resubmitted to the City for the second round of review and comment. The Light Project website has been updated! The website, https://light.allpeopleschurch.org/, now includes a page dedicated to the Project Approval Process. It includes project facts, an overview of the project review process, answers to frequently asked questions, project updates, and a form for interested members of the community to submit comments and questions and sign up for project updates. We hope that this new page will help us share important information and updates with the community.
The City of San Diego issued their first round of comments on the project plans submitted by All Peoples Church in May 2019. Called a “Cycle Issues Report,” these comments are the result of a review of the proposed plans by several City departments. The next step is for the All Peoples Church team to review the comments and make revisions to the plans and/or develop responses to address the City’s comments. It is anticipated that there will be +/- three rounds of project submittals and responses from the City before plans are finalized.
All Peoples Church formally submitted plans for the Light Project to the City of San Diego this month to begin the project review process. The church also conducted a number of community outreach activities to share plans with local community groups and neighbors of the project. Presentations were made to both the Del Cerro Action Council and the Navajo Community Planners. Church representatives also met with a subcommittee of the Navajo Community Planners tasked with working with the church to review and comment on the project and held a meeting with neighbors whose properties are adjacent to the church’s parcel.
All Peoples Church looks forward to continuing discussions with the community as the project review process moves forward.