Torrey Pines Planning Board holding election March 18 to fill nine seats

The Torrey Pines Community Planning Board is an officially recognized local advisory group of elected volunteers who evaluate issues affecting the community.

The board is planning an election March 18 to fill nine vacancies. The polls will be open from 6-8 p.m. at the Del Mar Hills Academy Performing Arts Center, 14085 Mango Drive, Del Mar.

Contact Patti Ashton at if you are interested in running for the board or working on a subcommittee. To be eligible you must be 18 years of age and be a property owner, resident or business person. Interested candidates should have attended two past board meetings.

The following nine Planning Board seats are up for election:

• 1 residential seat in Area 1 (North of Del Mar Heights Road)

• 1 residential seats for Area 2 (South of Del Mar Heights Road)

• 4 residential seats for Area 3 (North of Carmel Valley Road — Del Mar Terrace, etc.)

• 3 business seats (address of business must be in an industrial or commercial zone)

The Torrey Pines Planning Area lies west of I-5 and is part of the city of San Diego. It includes the Del Mar Heights, Del Mar Terrace and the Sorrento Valley industrial areas. The board makes recommendations and communicates neighborhood concerns to the city of San Diego. Major issues such as the Caltrans I-5 widening project and the I-5/SR 56 Connectors project present a unique opportunity to get involved in the community.