City forgoes advisory committee for City Hall project

City forgoes advisory committee for City Hall project
Rather than form a citizens advisory committee to garner public input for a new City Hall, council members will hold community meetings and workshops. Photo by Bianca Kaplanek

DEL MAR — As plans move forward to replace Del Mar’s aging City Hall, council members decided at the April 7 meeting to not form an advisory committee to help with the project.

To garner input from residents they will instead hold community meetings and public workshops, an effort that will require more on their part and one they all supported.

“To me the core issue is whether you want this committee to interface with the residents or do you want to directly meet with the residents and hear all the ideas,” Councilman Don Mosier said. “I’m in favor of doing the direct council outreach … and having community meetings.

“I have real reservations about getting a committee involved in the design,” he added. “I’d rather have professionals suggest a couple of alternatives and then test those with the public. … When you design by committee you get an Edsel.”

“I would rather have us directly involved hearing community input,” Councilman Terry Sinnott said.

Councilwoman Sherryl Parks said she liked the idea. “I think this would be a really efficient and powerful way to go to the community and make a statement,” she said. “I’m in favor of doing it.”

“We really do want public input into the process,” Councilman Al Corti said. “The more information we can get the better. No idea is a bad idea.”

Council members also agreed to hold a public forum beginning at 6:30 p.m. at all meetings through June 16.

This will give residents or groups an opportunity to provide input or give 10-minute presentations on the new City Hall, with the overall forum lasting no more than 30 minutes.

At the request of Mayor Lee Haydu, all City Hall items will be presented directly after the forums so residents don’t have to wait until the end of the meeting – sometimes after 9 p.m. – to share ideas or concerns with the project.



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