Del Mar releases long-awaited revitalization plan

By Claire Harlin

The City of Del Mar has been for years working on a Village Specific Plan that will reflect the decades-long goal of having a vibrant, economically productive downtown. City officials have finally developed a document that will serve as a guide for future land use and development and, as of March 20, the public will get its first glimpse of it.

The first draft of both the Village Specific Plan and Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for Village revitalization are available on the city’s website at, and the City Council on March 19 voted unanimously to open the 45-day public review period, in which residents can submit comments. The review period, which will end on May 4, also involves several informative meetings. There will be a drop-in question-and-answer session with city staff in the city’s annex on March 26 at 4 p.m., the council will hold an April 2 discussion on the EIR and during the April 30 regular city council meeting there will be a workshop on both the Specific Plan and the EIR.

One of the main goals of the Village Specific Plan is to make downtown Del Mar more pedestrian- and bicycle-friendly, and the document outlines everything from goals and concepts to strategy, implementation and financing. It also goes into detail regarding the physical changes residents can expect to see on Camino Del Mar.

The EIR is meant to outline the impacts of every aspect of revitalization, from traffic to development. The two documents are very different but interrelated, said Del Mar Planning and Community Development Director Kathy Garcia, who has been leading the drafting of these documents.

For those unable to access the documents online, copies are also available to read at the Del Mar Library or at City Hall. Copies will also be available to purchase at City Hall. Comments can be emailed to