More strip mall madness

I agree that strip malls are dead and we should return to a main street mixed-use model (March 13: “Strip Mall vs. Main Street”). Not everyone agrees, though.

Donahue Schriber (DS), the big strip mall developer that owns Del Mar Highlands Town Center (DMHTC), wants even more strip mall madness.

A couple of weeks ago, I saw the Donahue Schriber survey crew on the backside (eastern side) of this neighborhood traffic menace. I stopped to ask “What’s up?” The surveyor said he wasn’t sure exactly, but the owner intends to put up a big concrete parking structure.

Great! That’s exactly what we need across the street from little kids who walk to and from school along Townsgate Drive. Parents of every Solana Pacific school kid should be alarmed. As a nearby neighbor, I know I am.

Because they don’t need public approval anymore, I guess Donahue Schriber thinks they can add more strip mall density and traffic without doing anything to mitigate the impacts on nearby surface streets.

I’ve raised the question before: why are the owners of DMHTC keeping their plans quiet? And where is the Carmel Valley Planning Group (CVPG) on this? Their job is to keep an eye on land use and traffic.

The next CVPG meeting is on April 24 at 7 p.m. at the Carmel Valley Library. I encourage Carmel Valley residents to attend. I heard that Donahue Schriber’s representative may be there, too. Let’s show up and demand information about their hush-hush plans for unfettered growth.

It may be our only opportunity to say “No!” to out-of-control strip mall madness.

Janette Littler, Carmel Valley resident

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  5. Opinion: Carmel Valley ‘Main Street’ project would create much-needed gathering place

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3 Comments for “More strip mall madness”

  1. parent

    Even worse: I just read in THE READER that they plan to tear down the Barnes and Noble to do this. So we lose our only local book store to make room for a parking structure. Progress?

  2. Janette Littler


    I hope many of our neighbors will show up at the planning group meeting to voice our opposition, parent.

    If Donahue Schriber goes forward with this ill-advised land use plan, I will boycott all of their properties and encourage others to boycott as well. The boycott will include the old Del Mar Village, now re-named Beachside Del Mar, located at Del Mar Heights Rd. and Mango Dr.

  3. Janette Littler


    DMHTC is trying to get approval for an easement vacation tomorrow at the San Diego City Council meeting at 2 p.m. The address is 202 C Street, SD 92101 in the council chambers.

    The planning group approved this on a consent vote in Jan, so it was not thoroughly discussed publicly.

    Though the easement vacation was sold to the planning group as a fix to an “existing condition,” some believe it is a way to start the ball rolling toward building overgrown parking structures without community input and, perhaps, as an end run around CEQA requirements. But the truth is, we need more information.

    I encourage all to read the city council docket and background materials here.

    And please attend tomorrow’s city council meeting — as well as Thursday evening’s planning group meeting at the Carmel Valley library at 7 p.m. — to protect our community from a secretive developer.

    Many of us don’t want our wonderful neighborhood to go from Bedford Falls to Pottersville. Join us in finding answers and demanding full disclosure and input

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