Watermark is Listening.
The Watermark plan for housing on Jimmy Durante Boulevard is undergoing a significant revision as a result of feedback from the community and the Design Review Board. They have developed a reduced density alternative that drops from 48 to 38 units (16 units/acre), a comprehensive redesign of the project that provides increased setbacks, reduced impacts to the neighbors, more resident and guest parking, and an increase in open space. They are still working to update the elevations, landscaping and engineering.
Housing Corporation Asks for Action
The Del Mar Housing Corporation has asked the City Council to take decisive action to achieve Del Mar’s fair share of regional affordable housing needs. The Board cites a SANDAG report showing that Del Mar has produced not one affordable housing unit from 2003 to 2016. The Board stated that “ We have a legal and moral obligation to help solve the state’s housing crisis.”
The Board asked the Council to take three specific steps: 1. replenish the fund which supplements rent for eight families, 2 set up a reserve capital fund for affordable housing targeted at $2million within five years from excess annual revenues to develop or acquire brick and mortar projects with a dedicated number of affordable units under city control, 3 hire a consultant to explore acquistion, development, or conversion opportunities.. Council hearing is scheduled for October.
Polo Field Lease Draws Lawsuit
On August 29, the Friends of the San Dieguito River Valley filed a lawsuit against the City of San Diego for determining that a new 28-year lease with Surf Cup Sports to sponsor sports related special events on the property known as the “polo fields” was exempt from CEQA Guidelines. Originally managed by the Polo Club, the 114 acre site on Via de la Valle is on the north bank of the San Dieguito River, is designated Open Space and is within the River Park’s “focused planning area.” The City awarded the lease to Surf Cup Sports in July, 2016 without conducting an environmental review despite concerns raised since early 2000 about impacts to water quality, sensitive habitat biology, increased traffic and noise due to intensification of uses. The City has scheduled a Settlement Conference for October 12th. At the conference, the parties will meet and bargain, the City hoping to reach a compromise that satisfies the Friends, and causes them to withdraw the suit. If there is no compromise, it will go before a Judge, but that is 12 to 18 months away.