Del Mar, Solana Beach joining forces to legally challenge fairgrounds’ redevelopment plan
By Marlena Chavira-Medford
Del Mar and Solana Beach are collaborating to bring legal action challenging the Del Mar Fairgrounds master plan, which outlines a major redevelopment of the state-owned property.
Del Mar City Attorney Leslie Devaney made the announcement during the May 9 Del Mar City Council meeting after emerging from a closed-door session, stating that the two cities will enter a “joint representation agreement” to move forward with litigation against the master plan. Because the item was part of closed-door session agenda, the council did not publicly discuss the topic.
Last month the 22nd District Agricultural Association (22nd DAA) board, which governs the state-owned property, certified the Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) for the 2008 Master Plan, which includes replacing the 50-year-old exhibit halls, widening the turf track, and adding a health club, a parking facility and an electronic reader board sign.
The FEIR spurred strong outcry from Solana Beach, Del Mar and other area residents, as well as elected officials who claimed it failed to adequately analyze impacts from traffic, noise, lighting and pollution.
After certifying its FEIR, the 22nd DAA filed with the county clerk’s office. That began a 30-day period during which the FEIR could be challenged through legal action, which it now appears Del Mar and Solana Beach are teaming up to do.
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