Bud Emerson | Klish Way
Finally, Watermark gets to the starting line. The detailed application process for a Specific Plan has been deemed complete by the city staff.
The plan proposes a new residential neighborhood of 48 one and two-story homes at the intersection of Jimmy Durante Boulevard and San Dieguito Drive (reduced from 57 homes as a result of community input). That lot has been a dirt parking lot for decades and holds a permit for an office complex with a paved surface parking lot. The city designated this lot for residential development at a density of 20-25 units per acre in the state-mandated Housing Element of the Community Plan. The plan density is just over 20 per acre. Existing wetlands and a fifty-foot buffer will preserve 21% of the site as open space.
Seven of the homes will be designated “affordable” according to County guidelines, four of which will be deeded to Del Mar Community Connections. Current affordability levels are $45-90 thousand household income per year.
The review process began in January with two Community Participation Process (CPP) meetings on the site. A website provides another way to get information and comment on the plan—visit www.Watermarkdelmar.com. Additional workshops and public hearings will be scheduled in the near future.