The California Coastal Commission has extended its 60-day time limit for review and action on Del Mar’s application to amend its certified Local Coastal Program to establish new regulations for short term rentals. Given local interest in the matter, staff anticipates that the item will be on the agenda for Commission action at the next hearing in San Diego which is currently scheduled for June. The amendment allows short term rentals of not less than 7 days and for no more than a total of 28 days a year in all residential areas of the City. Rentals of 30 or more days are not affected.
Phase One of the long awaited Downtown Streetscape Plan was approved by City Council on February 5 with an anticipated start date for construction this Spring. Phase One will implement the vision for enhanced, safer crosswalks and improved bicycle lanes, accent paving, and landscaping from 9th Street to the northern bulb-outs at 11th Street. Speakers urged the Council to “keep the ball rolling” in order to implement the complete plan through 15th Street to the northern edge of the Plaza as soon as possible. Four hundred thousand dollars of the total $1.4 million cost will come from Measure Q funds.
The restaurant that will replace Bully’s on Camino del Mar, known as the Hillstone Project, was approved by the Design Review Board (DRB) at its November meeting, but that approval requires the applicant to provide the Planning Division with revised plans that illustrate compliance with conditions of approval designed to protect the residential area to the west. A subcommittee composed of two Design Review Board members will deny or approve the proposed revisions when a resubmittal is received. The DRB’s approval of the project was appealed to the City Council, but was declined, leaving the DRB’s decision as final, pending approval of the revised plans.