Voters Will Have Final Say on Barrio Plan

On Tuesday, San Diego City Council reaffirmed its decision to support the Barrio Logan community plan.

This means the issue will appear before voters in June 2014.

In September, Council voted 5-4 in favor of the plan. Opponents then launched a referendum drive, collecting some 53,000 signatures.

Although Council stuck with its original decision, there were enough signatures to get the issue on the June ballot.

The debate is between community activists and the maritime industry over the Barrio Logan waterfront. The plan would create a buffer zone near the shipyards where manufacturing businesses couldn't open without permits.

Supporters say the buffer would protect the community from pollution. But opponents say it’s bad for business and would put thousands of jobs on the line.

Dozens of people on both sides of the issue spoke at Tuesday’s Council meeting.

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