Council to take up future of controversial One Paseo project
SAN DIEGO — The San Diego City Council is scheduled this afternoon to consider whether to rescind its approval of a controversial $750 million mixed-use project in Carmel Valley or place the issue before voters.
The council members were set to make the decision Monday but postponed the vote when they received word that the developer, Kilroy Realty, was negotiating with Donahue Schriber, an Orange County-based firm that funded a successful referendum effort against the project.
Donahue Schriber owns the Del Mar Highlands Town Center, which is across the street from the 23.6-acre lot eyed by Kilroy.
Opponents of the project contend its high density would make congestion in the area worse than it is already. Kilroy and its supporters, however, say the project has been scaled back from what was originally planned, and a high-tech traffic signal system and shuttle service would ease traffic.
Council President Sherri Lightner, who represents the area, was one of two members who opposed Monday’s postponement.
“I feel that the developer has had ample time to work with the community to reach a solution,” Lightner said. “I hope my council colleagues will rescind their approval of this project (today) and send the developers back to work with the community to create a project that works for everyone involved.”
Other council members, however, said they were willing to give the two sides time to work out their differences.
The proposed development by Kilroy Realty calls for 10 buildings encompassing nearly 1.5 million square feet of floor space, including shops, offices, a movie theater and more than 600 housing units south of Del Mar Heights Road, between El Camino Real and High Bluff Drive.
The project was approved by the City Council on votes of 7-2 and 6-1 earlier this year.
The expense of a ballot measure could be a major factor in the council’s decision-making. According to City Clerk Elizabeth Maland, the county charges several hundred thousand dollars for each proposition, with the exact cost to be set later when various issues are worked out.
A ballot measure on One Paseo is expected to include far more pages than a typical proposition, making it much more expensive. The city is already planning propositions on whether to raise the minimum wage, whether to make a host of changes to the City Charter and, maybe, whether to build a new football stadium.
In a special morning session, the mayor’s office will formally present revisions to its proposed $3.2 billion budget for San Diego’s next fiscal year, which begins July 1. The One Paseo matter is scheduled to be taken up at 1 p.m. at the City Administration Building.