New Ruling Allows Over 5,000 Homes To Be Built On Morena Blvd In San Diego

By Rebekah Gonzalez

April 16, 2021

Developers were given the green light to move ahead with their plan for high-rise residential and dense urban villages along San Diego's Morena Boulevard trolley lines, reports California News Times.

The project was halted when nearby residents filed a lawsuit but it was dismissed by a judge in a higher court.

City lawyer Mara Elliott says Wednesday's (April 14) ruling is a win since building dense projects along transport corridors is one resolution to San Diego's affordable housing crisis.

"This decision is a victory for hard-working families who want to stay in San Diego, live near their workplace and enjoy a quality life,” said Elliott. “This underutilized transportation corridor is on track to become a vibrant village with restaurants, retail stores, jobs, accessible transportation and affordable housing."

The plan also raises the building height limit for residential projects from 45 feet to 65 feet, reports California News Times.

The residents who filed the lawsuit, in a group called Morena United, said they don't intend to appeal the ruling but they still disagree with and oppose the city's plans.

“I think this is pushing us into a very bad plan for the region,” Howard Wayne, a former state legislator and leader of Morena United, told California News Times. “Without funding for the effects it causes, the density will increase significantly.”

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