Controversial Carmel Valley development takes center stage

SAN DIEGO - A proposed commercial and residential development that has caused a deep rift in the Carmel Valley community will again be the focus of a public meeting Thursday evening.

One Paseo, which was torpedoed by former Mayor Bob Filner, would consist of a mix of 600 condos, offices and high end retail shops at the corner of Del Mar Heights Road and El Camino Real. It would feature popular stores like Trader Joes, a movie theater and restaurants.

The developer Kilroy Realty has been trying to get approval to build One Paseo for years. The project was slated to go up as soon as 2018, but the fate of the development could partly be decided at today’s Carmel Valley Planning Board meeting.

The size has been reduced by 30 percent. However, many Carmel Valley residents say that's not enough.

A petition to stop it now has more than 1,600 signatures.

"People come to Carmel Valley for the suburban community,” resident Ken Farinsky told 10News. “We’re there for the schools, the parks. We believe the increased traffic will ruin Carmel Valley. Adding 23,000 cars to a suburban street will leave us in traffic jail for years and years to come."

The board will take public comments at the 7 p.m. meeting at Canyon Crest Academy Theater.

One Paseo does not need approval from the board. The San Diego City Council has final say in the project.

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