One Paseo still undecided, time for the final push

It seems like forever since the One Paseo project was first presented to the community, and many people mistakenly believe that it is somehow approved. Nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, the City is still gathering information on the project’s environmental impact (EIR), information that will be used by the local Planning Board, the City’s Planning Commission and the San Diego City Council to make a final decision on what will be built. You can expect the final EIR to arrive in the next few months, and the final decision to be made this summer.

While we believe the community supports the basic idea of a “Main Street,” Kilroy’s proposals are too big for Carmel Valley. Sure, they have “reduced” the project, but even the reduced version still has significant impacts that can’t be fixed. The project is out of scale with its surroundings, and the streets can’t handle the traffic load.

Have you ever wondered, “What can I do?” Well, the time for action is finally here and we need to show that the community does not support a project this large. Rather, I believe the majority would prefer an even smaller village, one that fits into our neighborhoods and doesn’t overload our streets. Over the coming months, we will ask you to write some letters and attend some meetings to express your concerns.

Today, we are requesting that concerned residents write the Mayor’s office to ask the Mayor to help ensure the objectivity of the environmental report, a key document for the final decision. We need to make sure the project is fairly presented so that the planning groups and City council fully understand the issues.

Why are we concerned about the final EIR? First, the local Planning Board has noted that the community was not properly involved in setting the initial goals and scale for the project, as required by the City. Second, potentially reasonable alternative projects were dismissed out-of-hand, even though they still contained a good mix of uses. And, finally, even if the developer’s optimistic assumptions hold, the traffic report has a 15-year gap in the data before the traffic problems are potentially controlled. That might mean 15 years of gridlock before things get “better” (if they get better, at all.)

We hope you can visit our website at WhatPriceMainStreet.com to read more about One Paseo and send a letter of concern to our new Mayor.

Ken Farinsky, WhatPriceMainStreet.com

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