Neighbors want Del Mar resort plan left up to voters

Posted at 11:43 PM, Sep 17, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-18 12:49:23-04

DEL MAR, Calif. (KGTV) - The Del Mar City Council outlined the process for a proposed resort to become a reality at their meeting Monday night.

Developers have eyed property at the intersection of Via de la Valle and Camino Del Mar, just north of Dog Beach, for their resort.

The city council says there will be many hoops for the project to jump through. At this point, city officials say developers have not yet turned in a final proposal that they can send through the lengthy approval and permitting process that has to pass several governing agencies.

The developers completed application is expected sometime in the winter.

“The traffic there is already awful; at rush hour, during Kaaboo, the fair, and the track,” Debbie Hecht, a Del Mar resident, said.  Hecht, like some in the community, say they would like the city council to defer decisions about rezoning changes for the project to voters. 

“I think we’re ready to go around and talk to people in our neighborhoods.  I think people in Solana Beach are up in arms about how it’s losing its viewsheds,” she added.

The city council could decide to send it to the ballot. Some in the council expressed their support for such an outcome at Monday's meeting. 

Mayor Dwight Worden says he is not against giving it over to the voters, but he thinks its too early in the process and would rather wait to explore that option when the final proposal nears a final vote.