The ‘reduced’ One Paseo — the facts, please

I have been rather disappointed with the news reporting on the proposed One Paseo project, again so in last week’s issue.  The press release statements made by the developer Kilroy are presented as established fact without apparently any fact checking and without giving the strong community opposition to this project a voice.

Had some fact checking been done, it would have revealed, among many other things, that:

1. The reduction in the project’s revised version is only 21 percent — from the 1,857,400 square feet listed in the DEIR to 1,454,069 square feet stated in the developer’s plans, (not the 30 percent reduction from 2,000,000 square feet to 1,400,00 square feet as stated on their web site), still almost three times the 510,000 square feet allowed under the community plan.  However, the  important fact is that the reduction in traffic generated by the project would only be around 10 percent less than with the original One Paseo plan;

2.  The revised project would increase traffic on Del Mar Heights Road by more than 23,000 car trips per day. This would result in substantial increases in rush hour commute times to work and school, in diminishing emergency vehicle response time in peak periods and in causing spill over onto local streets;

3. There would be two new traffic signals on Del Mar Heights Road between High Bluff Drive and El Camino Real.  A traffic light synchronization program cannot move traffic more efficiently when traffic is stopped because the number of entering cars exceeds the road’s capacity or freeway ramp metering causes cars to back up onto the street.  Additionally, while no dirt would have to be removed if the developer complied with the community plan, this project would require the hauling away of 45,000 truckloads of dirt, or 30 truckloads an hour, 10 hours a day for 150 work days;

4.  Kilroy’s “reduced” plans show that office buildings along El Camino Real will still soar 155’ to 165’ above street level, equivalent to 11 story office buildings, and are set back only 45’ to 55’ from the street.  By contrast, the tallest office building in CV is eight stories and is set back 130’ from El Camino Real.  Further, all the mature trees along Del Mar Heights Road would have to be demolished and replaced by small trees to accommodate the enormous increase in building area;

5. Current zoning for this site with a minor variance would allow approximately 60,000 square feet of restaurants and other retail shops to be built, including a Trader Joe’s, (which comprises only 1 percent of the “reduced” project).

In short, Kilroy’s token reduction and promise of a Trader Joe’s can never justify an almost one million square feet increase in building entitlements resulting, as described in the DEIR, in significant unmitigated impacts on traffic and community character.

My fellow residents of Carmel Valley, stand up to protect your community, your quality of life and your property values!  Attend the Carmel Valley Planning Board meeting on Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. at Canyon Crest Academy Auditorium and write to your CV Planning Board representative and to city council member Sherri Lightner.

Gabriele Prater
Carmel Valley resident
Past Vice Chair, Carmel Valley Community Planning Board

Related posts:

  1. One Paseo project in Carmel Valley reduces density, Trader Joe’s added
  2. One Paseo: Traffic jams for Carmel Valley
  3. Via de la Valle widening area reduced
  4. Opinion: Concerned citizens launch website on impacts of proposed Main Street project
  5. Del Mar council hears opinions on One Paseo project

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