Off-street parking lots and compliance with the adopted Parking Ordinance needed

This letter was written to the Del Mar City Council and submitted to this newspaper for publication.

Mr. Mayor and City Councilmembers

This letter is in response to a letter addressed to you by Mr. George Conkwright that was also published in the Del Mar Times on  Jan. 31.

The stated purpose of his letter, and paid advertisement in the same issue, was “Del Mar parking ordinance must change” and he welcomed any other explanation.

This is my other explanation.

I have always agreed with Mr. Conkwright that the City Planning Department has continually misinterpreted the Del Mar Zoning Ordinance by twisting the normal use of the English language, as required by the local and state laws, or flagrantly overlooking the relevant facts in allowing most — if not all — of the uses he has cited.  Obviously, the past actions of the City contributed partly to the lack of parking that the City is notorious for.

But, the City finally enforced the Del Mar Zoning Ordinance against Mr. Conkwright when he proposed new uses of his property at 1201 Camino Del Mar, because the new uses did not comply with the parking space requirements of Del Mar.  Bravo for the City, finally!

It is also interesting to note that Mr. Conkwright has failed to include the Prep Kitchen, located on his property, in the list of restaurants approved in the past by the City that didn’t meet the number of parking space requirements.  When the Prep Kitchen space was approved in 1995, the required number of spaces for the property was 51, but only 42 were legally provided, leaving a shortage of nine.

The changes to the parking ordinance Mr. Conkwright proposes, and which were included in the proposed Specific Plan that was overwhelmingly defeated, would reduce the number of parking spaces required in Del Mar and create a bigger parking problem! Surely, that is not what we want, just to have more restaurants and bars in Del Mar.  Or, is it?  Our current parking requirements are similar to those in other cities, so reducing the number of spaces required on-site would result in just one thing – moving more parked cars into the residential areas!

We don’t need to change the Parking Ordinance.  What we really need is compliance with the adopted Parking Ordinance, and provision of off-street parking lots, as called for in the adopted General Plan.

Ralph Peck
Del Mar

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