A 2-part Spread
One Paseo Opposition Swells | It’s a Mall!
Diana Scheffler | Boquita Drive
|Ann Dempsey at the Paseo petition drive at the Highlands.
Photo Art Olson
Volunteers are gathering signatures at local shopping centers to protest and scale back a disastrously out-of-scale project planned for Carmel Valley – “One Paseo.” And we need your help.
The site of this proposed development is the triangle of vacant land bounded by Del Mar Heights Road, El Camino Real and High Bluff Drive. In this limited area, the developer plans a 10-story and an 8-story office building, a 10 story residential building, a 4-story hotel, a movie theater, and 4 to 5 story condominiums, all over a retail ground floor.
The traffic impacts on the I-5 interchange at Del Mar Heights Road, as acknowledged by the City of San Diego and the developer, would be significant. To alleviate, but not resolve, the increased levels of traffic two new traffic lights would be installed on Del Mar Heights Road between H!igh Bluff Drive and El Camino Real.
What has not been studied, however, is the impact on surrounding communities: Del Mar Heights and the cities of Del Mar and Solana Beach. Common sense tells us that traffic will leave I-5 at Carmel Valley Road taking Portofino Drive in order to circumvent the congestion at the freeway interchange. No doubt these drivers will also adapt by using other interchanges to the north and south, traveling west to Camino del Mar and Crest Drive in Del Mar.
There are other issues. The west side of I-5 is served by many amenities in Carmel Valley: schools, parks, the recreation center and library, skateboard park, not to mention the fire and police departments. Will we be able to get there, and will emergency services be able to reach us?
It is inevitable that the One Paseo site will be developed eventually; if developed according to the current zoning restrictions; there would still be some traffic impact. But the One Paseo project would change the zoning to allow four times the density currently allowed. Is it good planning to overturn the General Plan and Community Plan, and to betray current area residents by changing the rules of the game after they have bought into the community?
It is not too late to sway the Planning Commission and City Council to think before they approve Kilroy’s proposal.
Sherri Lightner, Councilmember District 1
City Administration Building
202 C Street, MS 10A
San Diego, CA 92101
firstname.lastname@example.org (619) 236-6611 or 858 484 3808
Copy your communication to:
• Martha Blake, Environmental Planner
City of San Diego Development Services Center
1222 First Avenue MS 501
San Diego, CA 92101
DSDEAS@sandiego.gov (use the subject line “ONE PASEO, Project No. 193036/SCH No. 2010051073”)
• City of San Diego Planning Commission
1222 First Ave, 4th floor, San Diego, CA 92101
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