DEL MAR — Council members at the May 4 meeting unanimously approved a request to subdivide 6.2 acres of land on the northern border of the city into five single-family residential lots, paving the way for development on one of the last remaining vacant bluff-top parcels in North County.
The property, which is currently divided into three lots, is west of Camino del Mar and south of Border Avenue. It also includes a parcel east of Camino del Mar that is not developable and will be given to the city as open space, C. Samuel Blick, the attorney representing the property owner, said.
The move allows the subdivision only. No grading, developing or entitlements are being sought at this time.
“It’s not a development,” Blick said. “It’s a long way from that.”
Current zoning would only allow development of single-family residences on the proposed lots, three of which will be oceanfront.
At its April 14 meeting the Planning Commission unanimously approved the proposal.
The project site is located at 929 Border Ave. It currently includes a vacant single-family residence “in severe disrepair” and a guesthouse, the staff reports states.
Access to the property is from a drive aisle off Border Avenue.
Anticipating future development, several conditions were placed on the approval.
The entrance to the drive aisle is very close to the intersection of Via de la Valle, Border and Camino del Mar. A legal left turn onto the private drive from Border Avenue is not possible and raises safety concerns, so a median will be added to prevent westbound vehicles on Border Avenue from trying to make that left turn.
Motorists will continue on Border Avenue and turn around via a traffic circle that will be added just before the street turn right and becomes Sierra Avenue.
The median will also prevent vehicles leaving the drive from making a left turn.
Conditions also include improvements to utilities and drainage and enhanced public coastal access that would link trails to the north and south of the property.
There are also requirements to address possible bluff erosion. Future development must comply with minimum setbacks. Shoreline protection devices would be prohibited.
Blick said the geology report shows layers of bedrock in the bluffs that are not present further north along the coast in Solana Beach.
“If you look at geology you can see it’s (erosion) not going to be a problem,” he said.
The request was submitted by Carol Anne Lazier, trustee of the Stensrud Lazier holding trust.