Jacqeline Winterer | Ocean View Avenue
The Coastal Commission recently announced that it would hear the Coastal Development Permit (CDP) application submitted by the 22nd District Agricultural Assn. (DAA). This intends to correct the violations described in the Commission’s Cease and Desist Orders of March 2012. The application will be heard during two sessions of the Commission in October and November of this year.
The Fair Board has declined to put the documents related to the CDP application on their website contending that they continue modifying them after discussion with the Coastal Commission.
The plans are for 18 types of temporary events to take place after the racing season East of Jimmy Durante Boulevard. We are familiar with the Christmas tree and pumpkin sales. New activities proposed are carnivals, circuses, festivals and concerts. The DAA also plans to have a farmers’ market competing with the existing Del Mar and Solana Beach Farmers’ Markets.
A new 60,000 sq.ft sports complex is planned for spectator and sporting events as well as a 4-story high parking structure on the documented wetland of the East Overflow Lot.
If granted without modification these developments will intensify the use of the fairgrounds property to such an extent that it will transform the traffic jams on the I-5 to which we have become accustomed during the Fair and the racing season to year-round gridlock.
Because the public is held in the dark by the Fair Board’s unwillingness to give easy access to these projects, the Friends of the San Dieguito River Valley have put most of the documents pertaining to the CDP application on their website at FSDRV.org/reference documents.
The first Coastal Commission hearing will be held on October 9-11 in San Diego at the Crown Plaza, 2270 Hotel Circle North.