Howard Gad | Chairman – Del Mar’s Form-Based Code Committee
Work on Del Mar’s commercial revitalization is well underway through the City’s Form-Based Code (FBC) Committee and we expect to roll out a three day public showing, a “Charrette,” in January. Residents and businesses will be encouraged to share their ideas and make recommendations.
As discussed in previous articles, the FBC committee has been appointed by the City Council to study, analyze, evaluate and recommend ways to enhance Del Mar’s downtown by creating development incentives for commercial property owners. The nine member Committee has been meeting weekly with a goal of having a concept plan solidified by the end of January. Concept drawings continue to be shared with the Design Review Board and Planning Commission to gain comments and input from members. In January there will be a more formalized DRB and Planning Commission meeting followed by a three day public Charrette where community members can share their ideas and make recommendations.
During this stage of concept development, the FBC committee has generated several colored exhibits of potential modifications to Camino Del Mar. One of the concepts being considered is reducing Camino Del Mar from four lanes down to one lane in each direction within the downtown area. This reduction would help slow traffic speeds, create a more pedestrian friendly environment and increase parking. This potential change would allow for diagonal parking on both sides of the street for a net increase in convenient, shop oriented parking. The Committee is also considering replacing the stop signs at 11th and 13th streets with traffic “round-abouts” similar to La Jolla Boulevard in Bird Rock (La Jolla). Both of these conceptual traffic ideas are subject to review by the City’s traffic engineer.
Preliminary diagrams have been developed for potential enhancements to commercial buildings from 12th to 15th Street and work is proceeding on ideas for buildings from 8th to 12th Street. All design work is subject to further input by the various stakeholders involved and more formalized exhibits will be available when appropriate.
The next FBC committee meeting is December 8th at 3:00 pm in the Del Mar TV studio. Televised meeting schedules are posted in the “Form-Based Code” section of the City’s website: www.delmar.ca.us/default.aspx. If you have any comments on information presented here or from our meetings, the FBC section of the City website has a link for email comments. For more information contact Planning & Community Development Director Brian Mooney via email at: firstname.lastname@example.org