Over the past several months the proposed Watermark Specific Plan has been further evaluated and refined based on community feedback. Led by two local businessmen, Don Glatthorn and Tony Cassolato, this proposal is for a cluster of residential units on the corner of Jimmy Durante and San Dieguito Road. The Plan will include seven affordable units, four of which will be deeded to Del Mar Community Connections. During the past six months they have been engaged in an extensive analysis of the slope impacts
and compliance with the BCS overlay, meeting with all staff department heads on technical issues, and getting feedback from neighbors and other citizens about how to proceed. In May they finally closed escrow on the transaction, which gives them unfettered ownership of the property. Their plan now is to re-engage the public, laying out what they have learned and how they are intending to redesign the proposal and soliciting feedback from the entire community. Included in their process will be a 3D web site that will demonstrate from a street level view how the residential units will be laid out. The website will be set up to encourage viewers to give specific feedback. The time frame is yet to be determined.
The city is not able to review pay rates for part-time lifeguards until they take a vote among themselves to determine if they want to be represented by a union or not. The voting results will be clear in June.
Vons Work to Start
West of I-5 the Del Mar Heights shopping center's "cosmetic renovation" is expected to begin this month with a completion date of "before the holidays." Donahue and Schriber who also own and manage the Heights location are in the process of evaluating tenants for the vacant store fronts including the former credit union bank building.
Permit Fee Reduction
The City Council approved a fee reduction for minor design review permits to "make minor development permits more economical, incentivize permit filing, and improve the user's experience with the City's Administrative Design Review (ADR) process". Planning Director Garcia said, "the proposed fee structure revision would separate the collection of the ADR minor and major fees into two segments based on whether the application review proceeds with or without a public hearing and the associated increased administrative costs of staff time.”