We've heard the Final One Paseo Environmental Report (EIR) is going to be released this weekend, possibly Friday, Aug 1, 2014 (although it's been delayed before!) Also, the local Planning Board hearing will likely be on Thursday, August 28, 2014. Please plan on attending this important meeting.
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...
UPDATE: 7/20/2014 - The FINAL Environmental Report is due ANY DAY now, but for the moment, we're stuck waiting for it's release. Currently you can just view the DRAFT Report. Click here to go to the One Paseo Environmental Report (DEIR). The City is currently processing this document and public comments.
What we want!
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.