City will televise all meetings of design review process ad hoc group

DEL MAR — After learning it is relatively inexpensive to broadcast ad hoc Design Review Process Advisory Committee meetings, council members agreed to televise all remaining gatherings.

The committee was formed in June 2015 to address the impacts some recent residential construction is having on community character.

Members were asked to identify concerns and recommend solutions that could include changing current regulations and procedures.

The group was controversial from the start as many residents said they believed the nine appointed members were anti-development.

In February of this year, in an effort to increase transparency and encourage as much public participation and outreach as possible, the chairman asked that all meetings be televised.

Council members said the number of meetings that can be recorded is limited by the city’s contract with Del Mar TV and extending it could be expensive.

But earlier this month they were told the cost is $162 per meeting.

On Sept. 6 they authorized funding to televise two meetings.

Two weeks later, as part of the consent calendar at the Sept. 19 meeting, council approved funds to broadcast all remaining meetings.

The group expects to meet about five more times this year, which will cost the city $972.

The Sept. 21 meeting was recorded and posted on the city website.

According to the staff report, there are sufficient funds in the budget to pay for the service through 2016.

Council approved spending for “all additional upcoming” meetings,” the staff report states.

The group will meet Oct. 4 and 19, Nov. 1 and 16 and Dec. 7 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the Del Mar City Council Chambers at 2010 Jimmy Durante Blvd., Ste. 100.

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