In 2019, Justin voted in favor of the motion that killed the Corridor Plan. The Corridor Plan would have allowed denser housing along major roads in the city.
The council stopped all work on that plan. Instead, the council set neighborhood and business preservation and protection as the city’s highest-level policy priority. It was a 4-3 vote.
JUSTIN CUMMINGS ON HIS CORRIDOR PLAN VOTE: Really the intent is, we need to try to make sure that we’re putting density in all of the different corridors and making sure that we’re equitable in how we’re distributing the density within our community. So that was the main rationale for doing that and the impetus for doing that. Because Eastside residents were really upset with you know, how it seemed like there was more density being pushed on that side of town, that the city staff wasn’t listening and the city council was really not listening to Eastside residents as well.
The table shows new development capacity called for by Santa Cruz’s General Plan on the Eastside compared to the Westside. Santa Cruz Planning Director Lee Butler cited these statistics in a council meeting in October 2019 in response to some Eastside residents’ concerns about where housing growth is planned. (City of Santa Cruz)