I’m supporting a lawsuit over the new tiny home rules in my neighborhood – the area will be destroyed if nothing changes

A homeowner has backed a lawsuit against relaxing tiny house building codes.

Dave Nicolai of San Diego said he doesn’t want neighborhoods to be turned into apartment complexes.

Dave Nicolai fears neighborhoods could be turned into apartment complexes


Dave Nicolai fears neighborhoods could be turned into apartment complexesPhoto credit: KNSD
Locals have criticized a policy that relaxes building codes


Locals have criticized a policy that relaxes building codesPhoto credit: KNSD

Fears arose after lawmakers narrowly voted to allow developers to build lots within a mile of a transit station. Previously the distance was half a mile.

This could mean more backyard apartments and high-rise buildings could pop up between single-family homes.

The group Livable San Diego filed a lawsuit legal actionwhich was seen by The US Sun in April, criticizing the possible environmental impact of the policy.

Locals in the California city’s suburb of El Cerrito support the motion.

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Dave Nicolai told the NBC affiliate KNSD: “I’m sorry for my neighbor who will have at least six windows and the developer doesn’t have to do anything about it.”

He railed that neighborhoods could be turned into what he calls “apartment complexes.”

Tom Mullaney, from the Livable San Diego group, has railed against the possible environmental impact of the measure.

The policy is part of the city’s plans for sustainable development areas – an initiative aimed at making housing more affordable.

The co-campaign group Neighbors For A Better San Diego also “strongly supports” the lawsuit.

Chairman Geoff Hueter said: “The issue here is not whether we should build more homes, but whether those homes should be added close to transport links or just a mile away.”

The motion to relax building regulations was passed by a slim majority in February.

San Diego City Councilwoman Jennifer Campbell said she doesn’t want the city to morph into “Los Angeles or Manhattan.”

Other lawmakers were unsure if residents would walk a mile to public transit stops.

But students said they had to leave the city because of unaffordable housing.

Michael Lin told The San Diego Union Tribune: “Many of my classmates love San Diego but, faced with the disproportionate cost of housing, have unfortunately made the difficult decision to leave after graduation and take their invaluable identities, experiences, perspectives and skills with them.”

A spokesman for Mayor Todd Gloria’s office told KNSD that it could not comment on the litigation.

The US Sun has reached out to the Office of San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria and Neighbors for a Better San Diego for comment.


PaulLeBlanc is a Dailynationtoday U.S. News Reporter based in London. His focus is on U.S. politics and the environment. He has covered climate change extensively, as well as healthcare and crime. PaulLeBlanc joined Dailynationtoday in 2021 from the Daily Express and previously worked for Chemist and Druggist and the Jewish Chronicle. He is a graduate of Cambridge University. Languages: English. You can get in touch with me by emailing: paulleblanc@dailynationtoday.com.

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