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Senior city planner Tait Galloway addressed the planners during their September meeting and gave a slideshow presentation detailing existing commercial development and traffic and transportation circulation in the Midway/Pacific Highway Corridor located between Old Town and Point Loma.
Galloway addressed all the various subdistricts of the planning group area, loosely defined as Sports Arena, Kemper, Dutch Flats, Camino Del Rio, Channel, Lytton, Kurtz and the Hancock transportation corridor areas. The Midway/Pacific community plan update, redone along with all the city's other neighborhood community plans about every 20 years, was characterized by Galloway as "a great opportunity to provide a new vision for the community." "There needs to be a stronger sense of identity as to what the Midway/Pacific Highway community is," said Galloway. Galloway said one of the objectives of redoing Midway/Pacific's community plan is find ways to establish the area as a more of destination. "We want to make it a more visually interesting place for people to come and sit down or walk or ride a bike, whether that's done with landscaping or with creating more green space or adding sidewalks or other amenities," Galloway said. The city planner said the update he was presenting is a "rough first draft" that allows the planning group to "give us [city officials] more input" on things they'd like to see done, issues they'd like to see addressed more or land-use changes they'd like to propose in their community plan. "It's just a starting point really," said Galloway. He said he would return to meet again with planners in the next couple months with a more finely-tuned plan details. "I like most of what you're giving us," NBCPG chairwoman Melanie Nickel told Galloway. Galloway discussed the future timetable for the Midway/Pacific Highway plan update. "My goal by early next year is to have a completed plan update that we can get the community to look at," he said, noting the next step after that is to prepare a draft environmental impact report (EIR),which will be done in 2014. The complete Midway/Pacific Highway community plan update is expected to go before the city Planning Commission and City Council for final review and approval sometime in 2015, Galloway said.
Senior Planner, City of San Diego Mr. Galloway is a Senior Planner in the City Planning & Community Investment Department for the City of San Diego. Over the last five years, Mr. Galloway has worked with the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority, stakeholders, and the community to help develop policy recommendations for the recently updated Airport Land Use Compatibility Plans. Since joining the City in 2000, Mr. Galloway has worked on the General Plan update, Housing Element update, mobility management planning, land use and demographic analysis, and airport land use compatibility planning. Mr. Galloway received a B.A. in Geography with an emphasis in urban and regional analysis (1999) and a Master of City Planning (2001) from San Diego State University.