High-density zoning plan spawns 'Save Santa Cruz'

SANTA CRUZ >> Santa Cruz’s efforts to revamp its development rules along Soquel Drive and Ocean, Water and Mission streets has prompted an opposition group to organize.

The newly formed group “Save Santa Cruz” timed its debut to Thursday’s city Planning Commission meeting, the third in a highly-attended series reviewing the details of the city’s draft so-called Corridors Plan. The Corridors Plan would concentrate future housing and commercial development along the city’s main traffic routes. Many have voiced concerns about Silicon Valley-led growth pressures overwhelming the community with out-of-scale development.

Save Santa Cruz’s tagline is “Stop overbuilding in Santa Cruz.” Representatives include former Santa Cruz County Supervisor Gary Patton, an environmental attorney, and defense attorney Jerry Christensen.

The Save Santa Cruz letter urged the Planning Commission to recommend that the Santa Cruz City Council hold a study session with ample time for presentation for opposition arguments. The group also asked that city consultants spend their energy developing an affordable housing strategy prior to the zoning code update.

Among concerns listed in a letter to the commission, Save Santa Cruz named the potential for disproportionate high-density development on the city’s Eastside, changes to scale and character of Santa Cruz neighborhoods, increased traffic, residential cost increases and general strains on city public transportation, water supply,…

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