By Claire Harlin
The Del Mar City Council had a tough decision to make on Aug. 8, as four qualified candidates came forward to vie for two spots on the Del Mar Planning Commission. The council unanimously chose Nancy Sanquist, an experienced urban planner and Del Mar Village Association board member. Lani Curtis, a Del Mar native and mother of three, garnered three votes from the council.
Curtis, a Torrey Pines High School alumna, said she not only wants to represent a younger community in Del Mar, but keep the community growing and vibrant. After moving away for college, she returned with her husband to raise her kids in the community.
“My family represents three generations here,” she said. “I want my kids to come back and live here just like I did.”
With revitalization being a hot topic, it’s “an exciting time to be on the board,” Curtis said.
Sanquist’s experience is vast: She has a master’s degree in historic preservation and planning from Columbia, she taught the first historic preservation class at the University of California, Los Angeles and she even led a Hollywood Boulevard revitalization project.
Revitalizing Del Mar will be no easy task, but she said the right planning practices can incentivize new development downtown — “tempered with the right design guidelines to enable the sustainable evolution of the village.”
Also expressing interest in the open planning commission seats were Robert Blanchard, a La Jolla attorney and Del Mar resident since 1986, and Mark Corcoran, an employee of the City of San Diego and the San Diego County Water Authority who holds a master’s degree in city planning.