Monthly Archives: April 2014

Council President Gloria Guest Speaker at May 1 UHCA Meeting


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Please welcome Councilmember Todd Gloria to the May 1st UHCA meeting at 6:45 pm in the Birney Auditorium. Fresh from his stint as Interim Mayor (wonderful job, by the way), Councilmember Gloria is also the City Council President.

We appreciate what he has already done for University Heights, and he needs to hear from you now to better understand your concerns. So far, we’ve asked him to speak about topics that include the city’s FY15 budget, the Balboa Park Centennial, and UH issues such as planning groups, permits for dog waste stations, banners, and the Mid-City Rapid Bus Project. If you haven’t met him in person, don’t miss this opportunity. He’s a great speaker who’s articulate, knowledgeable, and just plain fun!

Don’t be shy about challenging Council President Gloria with your questions! If you have a specific topic you’d like him to address, contact us at uhcanews@yahoo.com or email community representative, Molly Chase.

Where is University Heights?
In 1983, boundaries for University Heights were established with the blessing of the Normal Heights Community Association, our two City Council members, and our two planning groups working with the University Heights Community Association (UHCA). Today, UH is split between two planning groups, Uptown Planners and the North Park Planning Committee (NPPC), which makes it more difficult for UH residents to assert control over what is happening in our own community. The UH Community Development Corporation (UHCDC), the NPPC, and residents to the east of Texas Street are working to change our boundaries and stop the effort voted on by UH residents to strengthen our voice by being within a single planning group, Uptown Planners. UHCA has provided important archival data so that everyone can learn about the long history behind this issue. Access the extensive documentation here.

Land Use Density Survey


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At the UHCA meeting on March 6, city planning staff presented a proposed land use map for University Heights, based on recommendations from the Uptown and North Park Planning Groups. The presentation also included existing zoning and examples of various density ranges throughout Uptown and North Park.

Specific areas within UH were identified for “incentive zoning,” which would provide developers additional density in exchange for community benefits such as public parks, plazas, community meeting space, and open space; additional public parking for commercial/business districts; sustainable development features, mobility and public right-of-way improvements; “family friendly” and/or work force housing development; commercial areas devoted to small business; and public art.

This is your chance to weigh in on density in UH and the possibility of trading off higher density in certain areas for additional community benefits. Please review the five areas in this land use map and take a short survey by Friday, April 25 to provide your input.

Art & App Contests for Students
High school students throughout the 53rd Congressional District are encouraged to submit artwork for the 2014 Congressional Art Competition. Deadline to submit artwork to Congresswoman Susan Davis’ San Diego office is 5 pm on Wed., April 23.

The 2014 House App Challenge is a nationwide event that allows high school students from across the country to compete by creating and exhibiting their software application for mobile, tablet, or computer devices. Contest closes at 5 pm on Wed., April 30. For more information, visit Davis’ website or call her San Diego office at (619) 280-5353.

Where is University Heights?
In 1983, boundaries for University Heights were established with the blessing of the Normal Heights Community Association, our two City Council members, and our two planning groups working with the University Heights Community Association (UHCA). Today, UH is split between two planning groups, Uptown Planners and the North Park Planning Committee (NPPC), which makes it more difficult for UH residents to assert control over what is happening in our own community. The UH Community Development Corporation (UHCDC), the NPPC, and residents to the east of Texas Street are working to change our boundaries and stop the effort voted on by UH residents to strengthen our voice by being within a single planning group, Uptown Planners. UHCA has provided important archival data so that everyone can learn about the long history behind this issue. Access the extensive documentation here.