VISTA — After years of stagnant development in a city with little vacant land, Vista is seeing a surge of apartment and condo projects along its main — and in many cases blighted — corridors. That’s mostly good news, the City Council agreed this week.
The goal is focus that growth in commercial areas and protect the charm of Vista’s rural neighborhoods, they said.
The council emphasized that balance during a workshop Tuesday where it examined city policies on multi-family housing. The meeting was held in part because residents in some neighborhoods bordering commercial areas have bitterly complained that the proliferation of apartment and condo projects will bring more traffic, noise and crime.
Council members said that — while they’d prefer single-family homes and want to keep Vista’s rural flavor — multi-family housing is needed and a good fit for commercial properties where the city has failed to draw business development.