Carmel Valley board wants to clarify One Paseo position before council weighs in

By Karen Billing

A firm date has yet to be set for One Paseo to come before the San Diego City Council, but it will likely be in January.

At its Oct. 23 board meeting, the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board members approved sending Chair Frisco White to the council’s hearing to speak on the board’s behalf as they feel their motion on the project was “misrepresented and misunderstood” by the planning commission.

The board’s September motion to reject One Paseo included the note that they would support a reduced alternative. Rather than the proposed 1.5 million-square-foot project that includes 198,500 square feet of retail, 484,000 square feet of commercial office, and 608 multi-family residential units, the board said it would support a reduced version of 140,000 to 198,500 square feet of retail, 267,800 square feet of office and 304 residential units.

White said due to the fact that the motion left the retail square footage as high as the proposed project, the commission interpreted that as a blessing for that much retail. However, the intent of the motion was to find a workable solution where Carmel Valley would still get the community benefits should the project be approved.