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Developers of the proposed Del Mar Resort complex above North Beach recently held their second Citizen Participation Workshop at Town Hall.
Do their preliminary plans coincide with your expectations for the 16-acre piece of property currently zoned residential?
• FLETCHER: Q4 I attended the CPP workshop and heard the concerns of many citizens about the large size and scale of the Del Mar Resort, which had only become apparent after the story poles went up. In addition to the large buildings, this proposed development would bring a substantial increase in traffic.
According to our Community Plan, the entire North Bluff area is supposed to be very low density, single-family residential. The proposed resort requires the area be rezoned to very high-density mixed use. Given the significant impact on our community, it is essential that there be broad public support for any rezoning to occur.
• GAASTERLAND: Q4 The Resort is the largest commercial project Del Mar has ever had to contend with. Because the rezoning requirement from low density residential to high density commercial is a change to our Community Plan, we should have a vote of the citizens of Del Mar before any rezoning can take place.
• QUIRK: Q4 The idea of a low impact, high-end, boutique-style, resort hotel with beautiful grounds and native greenery that opens up public access to the entirety of the bluffs is a good one. But this current version is much too big (requires a 705-spot underground parking structure), has serious traffic implications, and contradicts the spirit of the Scripps preserve and the Woodward estate restrictions. If built at all, it should probably be closer to half the current size, with significant setbacks, and mostly hidden behind greenery. We should get robust, quantifiable electronic survey data on the community’s thoughts. This information would be a great complement to the vague/soft information gathered from community meetings and anecdotes. It’s also important to understand that the very serious state-mandated affordable housing requirement is, in part, driving the large size, not just for this project but all residential projects, including Watermark. The hotel includes 15 affordable units, calculated as a 20% “set aside” requirement of the 76 residential villas. These 15 units make up the bulk of the 22 affordable units the City is trying to build by 2020. It would be better for the city to build 22 well-designed, self-funding, city-owned housing units on the large empty dirt lot on the Public Works Department, probably on stilts or open carport. The overall square footage impact would be much smaller, approximately 5% compared to the combined size of Watermark and the hotel. If successful, then all development projects can be evaluated on their merits, which would generally result in smaller, more appropriately sized projects. See more at www.danquirkdelmar2018.com.
• WORDEN: Q4 No. I will only support changing the current single-family residential zoning if the project has strong community support and fully protects the Scripps Preserve. The developers must convince us their plan is better for Del Mar than current zoning. Undoubtedly, the plan will undergo significant changes as it goes through the process, as have other Del Mar projects. If it remains controversial in its final form, I will support a public vote.