City seeks input on rival development proposals for long-vacant property

Residents in and around Encanto have an opportunity to provide input on two redevelopment proposals for a vacant lot that’s poised to become a catalyst for economic and employment opportunities in southeastern San Diego.

The city launched an online open house this week to showcase two proposals for the Valencia Business Park: a healthcare center or a renewable energy business hub. Community members can weigh in on concepts through Oct. 14.

The 4.3-acre lot along Stevens Way and Imperial Avenue has been vacant for more than 20 years. City leaders anticipate that developing the land will create economic opportunities for the area, which is a federally designated promise zone.

“It will have an economic impact no matter what project is chosen, but it will also have an impact of pride for the surrounding areas,” said Councilwoman Monica Montgomery Steppe, who represents the neighborhood.

The two proposals differ in the vision

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Vernon Officials Want Citizen Input For New Development Plan

VERNON, CT — Vernon’s Planning and Zoning Commission wants to hear from residents,
business people and property owners as it begins updating the town’s Plan of Conservation and
Development.

The POCD is a designed to be a guide for development and land use in Vernon for the next 10 years and beyond. The plan sets policy priorities and goals for the physical, economic, environmental, and social future of the community.

“Preparing the POCD is an important step in establishing Vernon’s land use goals and priorities,” Mayor Daniel Champagne said. “Having residents, taxpayers and business owners share their views will help our community plot its future.”

The planning process involves assessing current conditions and trends in order to develop reasonable goals and strategies, and engaging the community in a dialogue on its future. A survey has been prepared to gather opinions on housing, quality of life, recreation, use of public land,

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