Voters will decide on November 6 if the Village Specific Plan(VSP)
is adopted. On these pages we have invited a variety of points of view
to help clarify voter choices.
Survey Split | VSP Evolution | It Will Work | It Won’t Work
Need To Know | Parking Perplexes
Wayne Dernetz | 9th Street
The Village Specific Plan will:
- Create a beautiful, safe, walkable village along Camino del Mar
- Raise residential property values (studies show positive correlations with walkable streets)
- Provide wide pedestrian sidewalks and landscaped public areas
- Encourage cafes, small restaurants and more retail shops
- Freeze office uses at current levels
- Reduce traffic congestion and speeds along Camino del Mar
- Improve pedestrian and bicycle safety
- Reduce air pollution and noise impacts
- Increase public parking
- Expand ocean views from public areas
- Promote moderate residential uses in the Village
- Protect adjacent residential streets from traffic and parking impacts
- Impose privacy protections for nearby residences
- Set safeguard reviews for two-story, new development and residential units
- Assure DRB review for all development applications
- Increase municipal revenues
- Impose NO NEW OR INCREASED TAXES OR ASSESSMENTS on residents
- Protect historic buildings in the Village
- Limit new development to less than 50% of existing Village development
- Encourage sustainable, “green” development
- Create jobs; improve the local economy
Why Have A Village Specific Plan?
Del Mar’s 1975 Community Plan envisions a “village” that is pedestrian friendly, economically viable and serves the needs of both residents and visitors. Yet this goal has been thwarted by outdated zoning and development policies. Many Village properties are stagnating; businesses are struggling; municipal revenues are down. The VSP encourages revitalization by updating old policies. Like the Community Plan, the VSP is a policy statement. It imposes no commitments or obligations. Implementation depends on future decisions and actions for private and public development over many years. The VSP provides a detailed vision of how future development should occur within the Village.
Work on the VSP has been underway for several years. Many public workshops and hearings have been held. Much input from citizens, businesses, and property owners has been received. The final VSP has been improved to reflect this input and refine the vision. Still, not everyone agrees. Opponents say:
“Narrowing Camino del Mar to one lane in each direction and building roundabouts at 9th, 11th and 13th streets will impede traffic and impact adjacent neighborhoods.”
Not so. Traffic engineering studies show removing the traffic signal and stop signs will improve the flow of traffic, increase traffic capacity, reduce speed and reduce air pollution by eliminating stop-and-go traffic. Pedestrian and bicycle safety will be improved. Monitoring, and traffic control measures if needed, will avoid traffic and parking impacts on adjacent streets.
“Increased density will destroy Village character and cause overdevelopment.”
New development is capped at less than 50% of current Village development, including L’Auberge and the Plaza. All DRB protections will remain in place. The Village character will be enhanced by new private and public improvements.
“Increasing building heights along CDM’s west side will create a ‘tunnel effect’.”
Height and bulk limits will be controlled by DRB review. If two-story development along CDM’s west side reaches 50%, building height limits will be reconsidered.
Please join me in voting YES on the VSP.