Kathleen Garcia | Planning and Community Development Director
How to enhance a pedestrian oriented village center is the focus of community conversations on revitalization.
Photo courtesy City of Del Mar.
How do we maintain and enhance our commercial core so we have an attractive, economically viable and pedestrian oriented Village Center? That was the question that attracted me to Del Mar a few months ago and I am enjoying figuring out the challenges and opportunities and developing an inclusive process to move forward.
Throughout the years, we have been taking various steps to revitalize our Village. But one thing has remained constant –the Del Mar Community Plan and its goals to have a vibrant Village. Goal 4 specifically states: “Focus retail and office uses serving both residents and visitors into an attractive, economically viable, pedestrian oriented area.” It envisions a Village that is oriented to the pedestrian rather than the automobile, where businesses are encouraged to serve both the local resident and visitor, and where the architectural design keeps the traditional village character.
We have been on the path to achieving our Community Plan goals, but there is a lot of work that is left to be done. Camino del Mar was once developed with highway uses, filled with gasoline stations and motels. We’re lucky that the freeway moved east and we were able to retain our main street as a much slower corridor. Along Camino del Mar, we have longtime establishments that maintain the Del Mar history and some fantastic new enterprises that compliment the community character. But what will maintain the characteristics that we desire and change those which need improvement? This is the time to develop the long-range plan of what we want our Village to be, not just now but for the twenty or thirty year horizon.
We would like to invite you to a conversation regarding Village Revitalization efforts. During the next month, Mayor Mosier and Councilwoman Haydu as City Council Liaisons for Planning will lead community conversations about Village Revitalization.
We hope you can join in one of the following:
- Thursday, April 28, 2011 / 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm / Oceanfront and mid-beach area
- Tuesday, May 3, 2011 / 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm / South hills and south bluff area
- Sunday, May 15, 2011 / 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm / Hills south of 15th Street
- Thursday, May 26, 2011 / 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm / 15th Street and Crest area
- Sunday, June 5, 2011 / 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm / City Hall Annex
RSVP’s are requested as the Conversations are being generously hosted in private residences. RSVP to email@example.com or by phone at 858.755.9313 x160 and you will be sent the exact location.
And look for ongoing information on the City of Del Mar website www.delmar.ca.us . We look forward to hearing from you and hope you will join one (or more) of the Community Conversations.