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Solana Beach's zoning vote decides future of senior care facility

Posted at 5:55 PM, May 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-07 21:00:25-04

SOLANA BEACH, Calif. (KGTV) - Neighbors in Solana Beach are divided over the latest zoning battle.

Residents are voting on amending the city code to allow up to a 99-bed senior care facility be built just west of Interstate 5 near Marine View Avenue.

The property in question is currently zoned for single family housing.

“It’s a nice idea, but the wrong place,” said Marcia Smerican, who lives near the proposed site.

Other neighbors say they would support something smaller and they worried about how their narrow road will handle ambulances along with the commercial vehicle traffic

“The 99-bed would bring so much traffic in our little community skateboarders, bikers, dog walkers,” added Marianne Leard

Measure B supporters say people are getting older and a care facility of this size would benefit Solana Beach.

“It’s really not upending the zoning regulations,” said support Tom Golich, “it’s simply increasing the number of
people that can be house on that space

The site would still have to make it past Solana Beach City Council and the Coastal Commission if Measure B

The San Diego County Registrar of Voters says more than 3,000 people have already submitted their mailer ballots and they will accept them if they are postmarked by Tuesday or dropped off at their office before 8 p.m.