Open Letter to Councilwoman Lightner and Carmel Valley Community Planning Board (CVCPB),
First, I would like to thank Councilwoman Sherri Lightner for providing the venue and attending last Thursday’s Carmel Valley Community Planning Board (CVCPUB) meeting — in its entirety — and listening to the community’s major concern with the One Paseo project — traffic. The city staff, especially the traffic engineers, did an outstanding job in responding to the 20-something questions provided by the CVCPB concerning the community’s major concerns with traffic and circulation around and through the project.
Second, I would like to thank the CVCPB for its diligent efforts over the past year that have shaped this project to meet the greater San Diego land use needs and our desires to have a viable focal point for North City. I urge the board not to delay the permitting and approval process.
As a homeowner just off High Bluff and most likely to be affected by the increased traffic at the Del Mar Heights and High Bluff intersection, I was most interested in the project’s mitigation and future planned road improvements and enhancements. I believe the One Paseo mitigation and future improvements as explained by the City traffic engineers during the lengthy meeting more than compensates for the increase in traffic.
We have before us a rare opportunity to bring a well thought-out smart growth “fill-in” land use project that will serve as the gateway to Carmel Valley and the cornerstone of our Del Mar Heights community. The project is a clever blend of office, retail and residential space and yet is flexible enough to accommodate future growth changes. The Main Street theme will serve as a confluence for professionals, shoppers, residents and students, having the potential of becoming a destination point along the I-5 corridor. With the recent build-out of our middle school, community center and police station, and the existing library and fire station, all that is missing for a viable stand alone San Diego community in North City is a Main Street and this project fits that need to a T.
Raymond Mello, PE