SAN DIEGO – After being forced back to the drawing board, the developers of the One Paseo project in Carmel Valley are scheduled to return to the San Diego City Council for a public hearing and approval Monday.
The City Council gave the mixed-use project — on an empty 23.6-acre lot south of Del Mar Heights Road, between El Camino Real and High Bluff Drive —its backing early last year, but opponents collected enough signatures to force the approval to be rescinded. Opponents were concerned that the project’s density would worsen traffic in an already congested part of town.
“The folks that opposed the project said it’s not that we’re opposed to any development. We even like the idea of mixed use. It’s just this is too intense,” said Rachel Laing, spokeswoman for the developer Kilroy Realty.
“We didn’t want to cause turmoil in the community with elections. We instead decided to settle with the opponents and come up with parameters that would work with the project,” Laing said.
The WhatPriceMainStreet Steering Committee (WPMS), a major opposition group, said via their website, “We understand that not everyone will be happy with the outcome, but believe this is a project that the community can live with. [We do] not oppose the new One Paseo project. The project may not be perfect, however, the changes proposed significantly reduce traffic.”
Developer Kilroy Realty said the new design would attract half the daily vehicle trips of the original plan, increase setbacks from main roads and improve landscaping. The plan incorporates 608 housing units, 280,000 square feet of office space and 95,000 square feet of retail. The number of housing units is the same as the original project, but proposed office and retail space is down by more than half.
“I am encouraging residents in Carmel Valley and the surrounding area to participate in the council hearing,” council President Sherri Lightner said. “This project is important to the community, and we would like to make sure all the voices are heard.”
The hearing is scheduled for 1 p.m. at Golden Hall to accommodate an expected large crowd. If the city council approves the plan, developers could break ground this year with the whole project done by 2019.