The Great Wall of Del Mar: So much for sunrise through the Torrey pines

Mike and Lisa Uhrhammer

Stratford Court

Del Mar’s City Council made four attempts at a community master plan in the past 13 years, and each time the community identified parking as the most immediate issue.

But Proposition J does not include a parking structure, adds only 30 parking spaces (Village Specific Plan, p. VII-9), and obtusely reduces Camino Del Mar to two lanes with roundabouts to do it.

The transition to one lane at Ninth crushes northbound evening traffic, 15th’s signal jams northbound traffic into the roundabouts, and smart drivers pop the escape hatch and divert to Stratford and Crest. I commute and live on Stratford, between 13th and 15th – Del Mar’s busiest residential street.

And two-story development on Camino Del Mar’s west side? On or west of Stratford Court, that’s three stories — the Great Wall of Del Mar. So much for sunrise through the Torrey pines.

Proposition J contains two big prizes for the City Council – it removes residents’ right to vote on new development (Measure B), and it authorizes 220,000 square feet of new residential and commercial space. The Council may have to listen to voters, but won’t have to respond to them. Can you say steamroll?

Del Mar residents do not want to give up veto power over the City Council, not me, not my neighbors who have tirelessly volunteered and reached into their pockets to donate $16,336 to defeat Proposition J.

Vote no on Proposition J.

   
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