Arguments against plan don’t hold water
Referring to the Del Mar Community Plan, Ralph Peck argues that the Village Specific Plan should not encourage housing within the C-Zone. These arguments do not hold water on a number of levels. Firstly, while Goal 3(E) of the Community Plan encourages low-cost housing in certain zones within the city it does not appear to restrict such housing to those areas. The Community Plan’s Goal 3(D) encourages housing for a diverse range of age and socio-economic groups within the community. The Plan does not specify where such housing should be located.
While Mr. Peck’s initial arguments are against low-cost housing he goes on to suggest that “housing is not really compatible with the primary uses of commerce in a small neighborhood village.” To the contrary, it makes sense to encourage housing in commercial areas. People living in the centre help stimulate economic activity because they can shop where they live. This helps reduce vehicular traffic on the streets and makes the sidewalks livelier. Village residents also have more immediate access to public transport.
Research shows they use it! Towns and cities around the globe are encouraging central area living to enhance sustainability and to make their places safer.
Finally, even if the Community Plan had limited housing to certain areas it can be noted that it dates to 1976, when rigid separation of land-use activities was rife in planning. Nearly 40 years later it would be appropriate to amend a plan if it was found to not reflect the current will of residents. My understanding is that the Village Specific Plan has followed a robust process of community involvement. That Mr. Peck disagrees with the outcome is certainly no reason to reject the plan.
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