Del Mar Mesa planning board considers noise, daytime burglaries; OKs cell tower

The following business took place at the April 9 meeting of the Del Mar Mesa Community Planning Board:

• Heard a report from Community Relations Police Officer Tracey Williams, who reported “a new daytime series of burglaries working its way down from Penasquitos, involving two men dressed in business suits.” Williams advised residents to keep valuables away from windows.

• Heard a complaint from Vice-chair Elizabeth Rabbitt of “deafening noise” over homes on the mesa from military jets. The board wondered whether a meter could be attached to a house to determine the decibels.

• Unanimously approved installation of a Verizon cell tower at the Grand Del Mar, 5300 Grand Del Mar Court, in the middle of the property on the border of the golf course, said Verizon representative Kerrigan Diehl. Renderings showed a 36-foot-tall beige tower with an equipment/generator shelter surrounded by palm and other trees.

• Discussed Alta Del Mar, which has some unsightly fencing marring the scenic view along Del Mar Mesa’s main country road. Mel Millstein, County Supervisor Dave Robert’s representative (succeeding Sachiko Kohatsu), reported that City Council President Sherri Lightner, Council District 1, will alert city Development Services to work with the department of code enforcement, and she will request that the city meet with Pardee Homes to resolve the issue. The board has referenced Del Mar Mesa Specific Plan requirements for fencing that is not bulky or overbearing. Board member Lisa Ross complained, “The entrance to our community is not what it is supposed to be.”