Proposed VSP document not right for Del Mar

The VSP (Prop J) was created through the hard work of many.  It has been a great academic exercise with public participation, and many of its ideas are good ideas that should be implemented in the future. I stand committed to downtown revitalization and worked on a similar plan in the Form Based Code Committee, attended many neighborhood meetings on the VSP,  and met one-on-one with city staff.  I worked in every way to make the VSP as “good as it could be.” After re-reading the entire VSP document, I have concluded that the VSP has fallen short of its potential and my expectations. Del Mar does not have the luxury of a separation between the commercial and residential properties, making it imperative that we develop a downtown that is compatible with and sensitive to neighboring residential activities. The VSP is an extremely complex document that will benefit commercial property owners but will have an enormous, lasting and negative impact on our residential community and quality of life.

Many of the promises of the VSP are wishful thinking — predicated on obtaining grants or hoping the VSP incentives entice developers — they are only “possibilities” under the VSP.  The only guarantee in the VSP is larger, more intense development. Some of the negative impacts are the unintended consequences of well intentioned planning.  Other negatives result from the lack of a defined sequencing of development – e.g. there is no requirement that traffic and parking (roundabouts, garages) be dealt with prior to larger, commercial development under the VSP.  The VSP mentions paid parking downtown as a source of funding for the garage – ideas like this have not been thoroughly vetted – what will it mean to businesses, and to the residential neighborhoods?  There may be a specific plan in our future, but this document is not right for Del Mar, and I urge everyone to join me in voting “No on J.”   Rick Ehrenfeld

Related posts:

  1. City of Del Mar’s proposed parking plan should be strongly opposed
  2. Opinion: Concerned citizens launch website on impacts of proposed Main Street project
  3. Proposition J: The Planning Department wasn’t listening
  4. Proposed Village Specific Plan an attempt to ‘fundamentally change’ Del Mar
  5. Proposed development standards a concern

Short URL: http://www.delmartimes.net/?p=41586

Posted by Staff on Oct 25, 2012. Filed under Letters, Opinion. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry

Leave a Reply

Archives

Facebook

Bottom Buttons 1

Bottom Buttons 2

Bottom Buttons 3

Bottom Buttons 4

Bottom Buttons 5

Bottom Buttons 6

LA JOLLA NEWS

RSS LA JOLLA NEWS

  • Lifeguard Lineage: Earnest clan makes guarding La Jolla’s beaches a family affair
    When it comes to being a lifeguard, the Earnest family of Rancho Peñasquitos sees the service as a familial calling. John Earnest and his son, James Earnest, both guard La Jolla beaches during the summer, and John’s daughter, Megan Earnest, tries out for the service this year. […]
  • La Jolla’s Best Bets for Events
    In the San Diego Museum of Man’s newest family-friendly exhibit, kids and adults can experience what it’s like to be a modern archaeologist discovering the remnants of Ancient Egypt. […]
  • La Jolla Community Calendar Aug. 21-28
    Daryl Brown, son of “The Godfather of Soul” James Brown, will discuss his new book “Inside the Godfather,” 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 at D.G. Wills Books, 7461 Girard Ave. (858) 456-1800. […]

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

RSS RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS