Vision for the Village of Del Mar — Proposition J

Al Corti

Del Mar resident and DRB member

A Community Plan is a statement of goals, objectives and policies that embody the community’s vision of its desired future. The Del Mar Community Plan as approved by the Del Mar electorate in 1976 has a vision and simply stated had a plan for the Village of Del Mar… “Focus major retail and office activity into an economically viable, pedestrian oriented and attractive area that serves the needs of both residents and visitors and is well integrated into the residential.”

I think both proponents and opponents of Prop J would agree that our downtown Village has not lived up to this vision. Here we are, 36 years after the approval of the Community Plan and we still do not have contiguous or safe sidewalks, we do not have a pedestrian friendly street, we do not have economically viable shops and services nor attractive buildings from one end of town to the other, we lack quality public parking, traffic is snarled on Camino Del Mar many times a week diverting traffic into the residential areas and we still have not integrated our commercial and residential at all.

As a matter of fact, nothing has been developed since the Plaza in 1986 except a few sidewalk cafes. Our Village and vision for it has been at a standstill for more than 25 years and in my view, standing still is the same as going backwards. I believe the time has come to reaffirm our vision for the Village of Del Mar and implement a plan to achieve it. I believe the Village Specific Plan as proposed by Proposition J is the plan to accomplish this goal.

I reached this conclusion by attending and participating in more than 50 public meetings during the creation of the Village Specific Plan and more than 40 public meetings during the Form Based Code initiative. Through this process, I heard firsthand the desires, vision and concerns expressed by many of our neighbors. I have studied and analyzed the Village Specific Plan as a member of the Design Review Board and through my service on the Traffic and Parking advisory committee. I have read and analyzed every revitalization study undertaken by the City and its many volunteers over the years. As a result, there is no doubt in my mind that this Village Specific Plan meets the goals and objectives of the Community Plan and all the other studies undertaken by the City since. As important, it also responds to each and every request and concern raised during the yearlong outreach to the community.

I will vote Yes for Prop J because I believe it will progress Del Mar into the future with a more economically viable and pedestrian-friendly downtown. I believe the concerns of overdevelopment, view protections and traffic congestion can and will be monitored and controlled through our design review ordinance and the other protections built into the plan.

I support the Village Revitalization Plan not for me or for now but for our future and the future generations of Del Mar. Let us make it better for them. Vote Yes on Prop J and support the vision for village revitalization.