Our neighbor, the Del Mar Fair Board, is once again making plans that will affect us, as well as Solana Beach and San Diego neighbors. Of course we already know the KAABOO music festival will once again bring noise and traffic problems in September. The Fair Board’s latest plan is to convert their failing off track betting center into an amphitheater to house 90 events per year. This on top of their recent announcement to host a giant “pot” festival this summer. Residents and Council members have raised concerns but this board is not accountable to any local entities. It appears the only recourse is to get the Coastal Commission to require an Environmental Quality Report (EIR).
The developers of this huge 16-acre site at the northwest corner of Del Mar reported that they had more than 500 visitors at their two open houses in May. Spokesperson Jim McMenamin said ”We had good feedback on the image boards we presented. We had a “Welcome – Key Facts” station, a “Design Concepts” exhibit tent, a “Public Amenities” tent and a “Process” tent station. Generally favorable reactions and people expressed an interest in seeing more specifics as we move forward.” More public meetings will be held during the summer.
The Del Mar Housing Corporation is working on a proposed “granny flat” trial program limited to six units. Staff is drafting proposed zoning, regulations, and procedural requirements for the proposed program. Expect it on the Council agenda in June.