The Del Mar Foundation and the Lagoon Committee presented the DMFTalk: Our Lagoon: What is it Worth? via Zoom live by Dr. Richard Carson with moderator Ellen Breen, Chair of the Lagoon Committee. Dr. Carson spoke to a Zoom audience about the economic value of lagoons, focusing on the East Coast, and answered questions from the audience. Dr. Carson, a Distinguished Professor of Economics at the University of California, San Diego, received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley in 1985 and served as past President of the Association of Environmental and Resource Economists. Dr. Breen, a scientist with a Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Vermont, is a member of the University of California, San Diego’s Department of Medicine. You can view the DMFTalk at delmarfoundation.org.
As we go to press the City is planning to release a Draft Program Environmental Impact Report that examines the possible environmental impact of an update to Del Mar’s housing plan known as the Sixth Cycle (2021-2029) Housing Element. The Draft looks at the impact of policies to add additional housing in the City, not specific projects such as allowing housing units in commercial areas and encouraging the building of Accessory Dwelling units. The Draft will be open to public comment for 60 days and the Ad-Hoc Citizens Advisory Committee which provided community input to the Draft is urging residents to read the Draft and provide comments. “We think community participation is vital to the success of our Housing Element achieving progress on our housing goals,” the Task Force said.
The Final EIR for a zoning change to allow additional residential units in the North Commercial and Professional Commercial zones is expected to go to the Planning Commission this month for review and approval. Current language allows only one residential unit. The change would allow up to 20 housing units per acre with NO change in current Floor Area Ratio (FAR) and heights limits. Check the City website calendar to confirm the July hearing date.
As our beaches reopen with new rules, our parks, with the exception of the Shores Park, remain off limits. Meanwhile, at Seagrove Park there is work going on, funded in times past, to replace the old lights and wooden light poles with bollards, low to the ground walkway lights, now on order. Upon arrival they will be installed at Seagrove Park and Powerhouse Park.
As our south beach bluffs continue to crumble, SANDAG, since 2003 has been continually trying to shore them up. The stabilization process, worked on over the years in bits and parts between bluff collapses, is now back on track and expected to continue through the summer. While the stated long term goal is to move the tracks, it is indeed long term, at the earliest 10 years in the future and projected to cost in the billions of dollars.