Objective and reasonable parking standards needed in Del Mar

Note: The following speech was read at last week’s Del Mar City Council meeting and submitted to this newspaper as a letter to the editor for publication.

If you’re on the freeway driving to Los Angeles and the sign says Tijuana . . . you have to acknowledge your mistake and turn around. Otherwise you end up in Tijuana.

In 1967, the City of Del Mar passed an impossible parking ordinance, which created substandard development and a parking problem for the downtown. Today a back alley along the railroad tracks in Solana Beach is a more desirable retail location.

Your parking ordinance vested tremendous power in the Planning Department . . . and they used their “subjective discretion” to choose which properties to enrich. Development in Del Mar hasn’t been about land planning, it’s been about politics.

If you want developers to invest their money here, you’ll have to replace “subjective discretion” with objective and reasonable parking standards.

I’ve pursued this parking issue in court for a couple of years. Unfortunately, I was not well represented. I’ve recently corrected that shortcoming by hiring two sets of lawyers. I hired Matthew Peterson to find a negotiated solution with the Mrs. Garcia . . . and two lawyers from Irvine for the litigation.

These Irvine gentlemen have many years of experience in municipal law, and they’re brutally honest. They counseled me that a selective enforcement lawsuit is an uphill battle, since it usually involves discrimination against a protected class.

However, a lawsuit requiring the City to enforce the parking ordinance . . . that’s a slam-dunk. Del Mar is not an independent nation. It’s a municipality governed by the rules of California . . . and you haven’t followed the rules.

If you don’t change your parking ordinance, you will eventually be required to enforce it.

George Conkwright

1201 Camino del Mar

Related posts:

  1. VSP flawed, reasonable parking standards needed
  2. City Council must set reasonable parking standards
  3. Off-street parking lots and compliance with the adopted Parking Ordinance needed
  4. Del Mar’s parking ordinance must change
  5. VSP coercion: Why must I give my private parking for public use?

Short URL: http://www.delmartimes.net/?p=49199

Posted by Staff on Apr 18, 2013. Filed under Letters, Opinion. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can skip to the end and leave a response. Pinging is currently not allowed.

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

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

RSS RANCHO SANTA FE NEWS

  • Horizon Prep in Rancho Santa Fe graduates from cottages to new campus building
    Horizon Prep dedicated five new grammar school classrooms on Monday, Aug. 25. Donor contributions have allowed the Rancho Santa Fe school to grow from 14 little green cottages to a school with 29 state-of-the-art classrooms and more to come. “We couldn’t be more excited about the opening of this school year,” said Dr. Bob Botsford, Horizon Prep president and […]
  • Rancho Santa Fe Republican Women to present candidates forum
    The Rancho Santa Fe Republican Women, Fed., members will present Republican candidates for federal, state and local races at their “Best Party in Town” event from 3-5 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 21, at the Morgan Run Resort & Club. The candidates have been invited to speak and meet with the voters. Cost is $25; light refreshments will be served. Please send check […]
  • Rancho Santa Fe Library to present Alzheimer’s series
    Taking aim at Alzheimer’s, the county Board of Supervisors in May launched the Alzheimer’s Project, an effort to create a regional strategy to improve caregiver resources and to support research efforts to find better treatments and ultimately, a cure for the disease. […]