The San Diego Climate Impact Plan – Applaud It or Criticize It?

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The San Diego Climate Impact Plan – Applaud It or Criticize It?


There is a new plan that has been submitted to the San Diego City Council for approval. It could have significant financial consequences for home owners when it comes time to sell, depending on what is approved and mandated.


San Diego condos and homes could be impacted by the proposed Climate Impact PlanOn the one hand I want to applaud that the Climate Action Plan, spearheaded by City Council President Todd Lorio and presented to the City’s Mayor after its creation in February 2014, is an effort to impact the negative effects of global warming.


Whether everyone agrees that there IS global warming and what causes it or not, there are concerns the Federal Government is not doing enough (much of anything?) to tackle this problem and smaller government entities (e.g., cities) must take action.


Hence this Climate Impact Plan for San Diego.


The San Diego Climate Action Plan was created to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 15% by the year 2020, and by 49% by 2035. Ambitious indeed.


The Plan has NOT been approved and some folks are getting their shorts in a bunch because the Mayor seems to be taking too long.


San DiegoIt appears, from my reading, this Plan is for the City of San Diego, residents and businesses, which includes those who are selling as well as homeowners who wish to add on to their homes.


There are some serious potential financial implications stemming from the 5 strategies outlined in the plan:









There are, of course, a wide range of intended benefits to this aggressive plan via the implementation of a wide range of strategies impacting emissions, water and energy efficient buildings, job creation, improved mass transportation including walking and biking, zero waste, and other matters.


It’s a complex plan with ambitious, specific goals and particular methods for monitoring.


But there are concerns about the Climate Action Plan, too, most notably in the residential housing area.


An editorial from the President of the San Diego Association of REALTORS brings to the forefront significant concerns about the mandated improvements for water and energy efficiency that could be required of homeowners at the point of sale (which would include home upgrades). Such mandate could mean possibly having to install new windows, water heaters, lighting and other similar items before selling the home, or adding on to the property.


President Leslie Kilpatrick notes these are not inconsequential costs and could have a severe impact on many residents. Further, she argues a better strategy for homeowners would be to offer incentives (e.g., solar panels) which could be feasible for all San Diegans, rather than mandates for those seeking to sell or add on to their properties.


The water and energy efficiency mandates would also impact small business owners.


NOT a low flow toiletThere are already some water retrofit requirements requiring various types of ultra-low flow (ULF) devices (toilets, showerheads, faucets) in San Diego and some municipalities.


These can become the responsibility of the buyers if the retrofits have not been done.


The Climate Action Plan would seem to impose far more costly requirements that would hit homeowners and small business owners heavily.


Stay tuned for some heated discussion and lobbying on this tough issue. The impact on our recovering housing market COULD be significant.


Anyone working the downtown San Diego housing market want to weigh it?


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David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

Hmm, I am not one who buys into the global warming bs BUT I am interested in seeing how tis may play out and what it means to homeowners in SD

Please keep us posted and if not by blog email me directly I truly want to see how this goes

Aug 11, 2014 02:10 PM #1
William Johnson
Retired - La Jolla, CA
Retired Real Estate Professional

Hi Jeff, Private property rights are under attach again and in not a subtle way. Revenue raising is such an interesting concept when the powers that be decide they want some more or is it they just like the idea of mandating that life is theirs to direct. When in power with total apathy in the constituencies, it seems like a no brainer either way.

Aug 11, 2014 03:13 PM #2
Lenn Harley
Lenn Harley,, MD & VA Homes and Real Estate - Leesburg, VA
Real Estate Broker - Virginia & Maryland

Of one thing we can be sure.

When government clerkals play God, the public suffers.

I've seen these types of retrofitting plans in other areas proposed, but thankfully, not implemented.

Some of the requirements are a clear threat to a home owners right to manage, including selling, his own private property.

They have clearly chosen to ignore the "PRIVATE" part of private property.

Aug 11, 2014 09:35 PM #3
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jeff, I think many cities are comtemplating these issues, and need to be addressed.    We are having very strange weather all over the Country.

Aug 11, 2014 10:26 PM #4
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

David - will do. BUt I will probably be posting about it. I rarely sell in San Diego proper but I can see this becoming a huge issue

William - yup!

Lenn - and there are plenty of folks up in arms about it. The plan has some excellent component which probably do need to be put in place. The mandates on homeowners are not in that category. TIme will tell

Joan - we certainly all need to keep working on issues that impact the climate.


Aug 11, 2014 11:33 PM #5
Brian Brady
San Diego VA Home Loans/858-777-9751 - San Diego, CA

One minor thing Jeff Dowler CRS :  The plan was submitted by Council President Todd Gloria

Aug 25, 2014 01:47 PM #6
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