By Louise Keeling
Many citizens of Del Mar are puzzled by the ballot language describing Prop J as a “Village Specific Plan that implements the goals of our Community Plan and preserves the unique character of Del Mar.”
We who worked on the original General Plan years back unanimously agreed that one goal should be to maintain the one- and two-story buildings on the west side of Camino del Mar, encouraging new buildings to be one-story and maintaining a floor-area-ratio that promotes space between buildings. Having the ocean as a “back drop” to our town was important.
Now the possible potential of 110 second-story condominiums (perhaps with two cars each) along the west side of Camino del Mar, plus a 100 percent FAR is not implementing our original goal and does not preserve the unique character of Del Mar.
If Del Mar has problems, we can solve them by less intrusive means. Streetscapes can change. Buildings are permanent.