As a real estate professional, keeping an eye on local development strategies is paramount. Our local neighborhood, North Park, is in the midst of some pretty major changes.

From a generic city planning and development standpoint, North Park fits the bill for more development, denser housing along main thoroughfares, and an increase in mass transit. The question is, will the local and city planners get it right for future generations.

There are several communities around the metro areas that would follow suit if/when North Park begins the urbanization plan. This community plan will serve as a blue print and needs to be a good one.

Not without opposition, the plan seems to be moving forward. One of the biggest arguments against density increases is one simple word: Change. I’d like to address one aspect of this all encompassing word.

Allowing density and pro-development plan changes to main cooridors like 30th St from Upas to Adams Ave and along University and El Cajon Blvd is, in my mind, a great thing. One thing people aren’t discussing is the down zoning in residential areas. Adding more density to the areas that can support it and discouraging it in the areas that can’t is essential to this plan.

For those residents who cherish their quiet neighborhoods and are upset about these changes, let me ask you this. What do you think about your neighbor who has added 3 units above their garage? This type of development in residential neighborhoods is what really hurts neighborhoods more than planned development in strategic areas. Allowing multi family in multi family areas and single family homes in residential areas is exactly what creates a well developed community.

Here is an article discussing some of the many hot button issues with this new plan: North Park Presents a Big Test for City’s Climate Action Plan