City Council to weigh in Feb. 23 on One Paseo in Carmel Valley


After nearly six years in the works, the One Paseo project will finally come before the San Diego City Council at 2 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, at City Hall.

Outreach concerning the Carmel Valley development has reached a fever pitch in the past month: Groups for and against it have camped out in local shopping centers gathering support; during rush hour on Del Mar Heights Road, people have held signs reading “Don’t let them destroy Carmel Valley”; and new banners have gone up on the One Paseo site reading “Get the Facts.”

According to City Council President Sherri Lightner, because of the large crowd expected, Council Chambers will be opened at 12:30 p.m. for the meeting. Seating is on a first- come, first-served basis. Seats may not be reserved.

Council has arranged for an overflow room in Golden Hall, next to City Hall. Speaker slips and a live streaming of the proceedings will be available at that location, and all who wish to speak at the overflow location will be escorted to chambers at the appropriate time.

Carmel Valley Community Planning Board and San Diego Planning Commission hearings on the issue have stretched on for two days because of the volume of public comment. However, according to Jennifer Kearns from Lightner’s office, the City Council is expecting to finish the hearing in one day, even if it goes into the evening.

Lightner encourages people to review the newly posted relevant documents associated with the project. Since January 2015, new documents posted include the Statement of Overriding Considerations, an errata (list of corrected errors) to the Environmental Impact Report and the Proposed Rezone Ordinance. All can all be found on the Carmel Valley Community Planning section at

Everyone wishing to speak at the council hearing will be given the opportunity to speak before the council. Individuals will be given one minute per person. Organized presentations may be 15 minutes maximum and must submit 15 speaker slips together, with those speakers ceding their time to the group.