You showed Kilroy, with over 80% of the local residents against One Paseo at the Aug 28 meeting! Now the Planning Board will meet to make their final recommendation to City Council. We need you to attend this meeting to voice your opposition to THIS One Paseo, and get Kilroy to return to the community with an appropriate project! Here is the meeting information:
CV Planning Board Meeting
Thursday, September 11, 2014 at 7:00 pm
Canyon Crest Academy Theater (special location)
5951 Village Center Loop Road, San Diego, CA 92130
At this meeting, the Planning Board will question Kilroy and the CIty about their analysis of the project. No community input will be taken, but your attendance will send a strong message that the community is opposed to THIS One Paseo. Please tell your friends and neighbors, we were surprised how many people were unaware of what Kilroy was doing!
Today, we are requesting that concerned residents write the Carmel Valley Planning Board to ask them to recommend against this project. The Planning Board is an elected board of community members who recommend to the City what action should be taken on local projects. Their opinion is highly influential, so we need to ensure that they understand the community is against THIS One Paseo proposal. We need to make sure the project is rejected at this level, forcing Kilroy to return to the bargaining table with an appropriate project. Please go to our "Write a Letter" Page for additional information on how you can help!
The One Paseo FEIR is now available on our website! Just visit the One Paseo FEIR Page to find links to all the files. Note that some of the files are HUGE, and that I'm working on splitting them up into smaller parts. For now, you'll have to download some big files to read Kilroy's information.
For what it's worth, the One Paseo Findings - Statement of Overriding Considerations document is the overview document, and an attempt by the City to justify placing a massively dense, UTC-type project into Carmel Valley. It tells us that "the project is expected to have a significant adverse impact on traffic", and that the project "would result in significant impacts to neighborhood character." On page 87 of this document is the "Statement of Overriding Considerations", where they try to justify all the impacts by showing all the nice things that will come from the project. In my view, they go through significant contortions to come up with reasons like, "The Revised Project will revitalize the Carmel Valley economy", or that the project "will protect open space", or that the project "will provide quality of life enhancement in and around Carmel Valley."
Supervisor Dave Roberts echos our beliefs when he says, "I am not against development. I am against overdevelopment." That's the basic premise of WhatPriceMainStreet; that a reasonable, appropriate development would be supported by the local residents. Read Dave's entire commentary at the UT, "One Paseo project violates law of the land."
You know what we think about One Paseo (too dense, too much traffic), but what about your elected representatives on the Carmel Valley Planning Board? In my opinion, the Planning Board's latest comments question the very foundations of Kilroy's arguments! Some quotes from the letter:
"There are many successful mixed-use projects that are much smaller... than One Paseo",
"the traffic congestion associated with this proposal... would make [Carmel Valley]... less functional, less desirable, and less easily accessible",
"...One Paseo is not intended as a heart for Carmel Valley but, rather, as a regional retail draw similar to The Forum in Carlsbad."
Kilroy assures us that traffic will be fine with One Paseo, after all, it's only two additional traffic signals and 24,000 more cars! Yet, when I look at their traffic studies, I see a gap in the data, and it's big enough to drive a truck through! It could result in nearly 10,000 extra cars on Del Mar Heights Road during the 15 year period from 2015 to 2030 (or, whenever the I-5 to SR-56 freeway connectors are completed.) Kilroy's study seems to ignore this gap period, only telling us that things should be fine in the end. The thing is, the freeway connectors remove nearly 10,000 cars from Del Mar Heights Road. Until they're built, we'll likely see massive congestion and gridlock. Oh, and it MIGHT get better in 2030. What if CALTRANS never builds the connectors? Then the traffic will never leave!
In 2013, the "Great Streets San Diego" blog covered One Paseo with their article, "What to do with One Paseo?" (follow link.) The blog writers are big supporters of Smart Growth and Urbanism, yet, they concluded that this really isn't a great location for this development, and it won't do much for the walkability of the community.
Stacy Silverwood, a retired Captain of the San Diego Fire Rescue Department, sent the following letter to Councilmember Sherri Lightner. The letter expresses his concerns about response times if a large project is built at the One Paseo site. This certainly makes me wonder about adding 23,000 additional cars to our already congested roads! Here's the letter: Read more...
We are a coalition of community residents concerned about One Paseo and dedicated to discover and disseminate important factual information to enable the City Council to make an informed decision. We are not a "no development" group. Instead, we're looking for an appropriate village for Carmel Valley. Imagine a small town main street where the residential buildings are 2 or 3 stories high. We want a village that fits into the community and doesn't overload the local streets, schools and parks.