DEL MAR — Concerned about potential adverse impacts from the One Paseo project, Del Mar council members authorized a letter at the June 4 meeting requesting that the city of San Diego revise the draft environmental impact report for the massive development in neighboring Carmel Valley.
“Del Mar supports local and regional planning practices that encourage mix-use environments, pedestrian-oriented spaces, sustainable building and the reduction of green-house emissions,” the letter states.
It acknowledges that because Del Mar residents often patronize businesses in Carmel Valley, the city “takes great interest in the future development” of the site.
“However…it appears that the project, as proposed, is overly ambitious in its attempt to become a ‘Community Village,’” the letter to Martha Blake, San Diego’s environmental planner, states. “The density of the project does not appear to be compatible with the surrounding development and…would create immitigable impacts to the surrounding community in terms of traffic, visual effects and neighborhood character.”
One Paseo is a mixed-use development on a 23.6-acre vacant lot on the corner of Del Mar Heights Road and El Camino Real. The site is zoned for about 510,000 square feet of office space.
The proposed project calls for approximately 1.8 million gross square feet of development that includes retail and office buildings, a 150-room hotel and more than 600 multifamily residential units.
It also features public open spaces, internal roadways and parking structures. Some buildings are proposed to be 10 stories high.
Del Mar officials are particularly concerned about impacts to the Interstate 5 interchange on Del Mar Heights Road and the potential for drivers to use Camino del Mar and Crest Road when those ramps are congested.
Del Mar is requesting additional traffic assessment and consideration of a similar alternative with lower densities.