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