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At the monthly meeting of the Carmel Valley Planning Group set for tonight, residents of Carmel Valley will have a chance to give their thoughts on One Paseo, a mixed-use project proposed for the intersection of Del Mar Heights Road and El Camino Real.

The development, the largest ever to be proposed for Carmel Valley, consists of 1,857440 square feet of residential and commercial space on 23.6 acres. The purpose for the development, according to developer Kilroy Realty, is to bring a "main street" to Carmel Valley. In addition to a new main street the 10 building-development will house a movie theatre, a 150-room hotel, 608 multi-family units, and 806,000 square feet of retail and office space.

As we've reported previously, some residents oppose the development, saying it will bring traffic, noise, and well, more traffic to an already congested area. Others, including the developer, say the project will turn Carmel Valley into a destination hot-spot for shopping and entertainment, as well as a great place for commercial and residential space.

The two sides have gone back and forth. The developer claims local shopping mall owners are trying to recruit residents to fight the project, while residents accuse Kilroy Realty of starting a fake grassroots campaign to help push the project through the permitting process. Those residents have collected hundreds of signatures from residents also opposed to the development.

In an effort to garner more support, the developer is sending out notices asking that residents show up to tonight's meeting, and are even inviting residents to a little get-together beforehand to talk about the project.

"We need your help," reads a recent email from Vice President of Development for Kilroy, Robert Little to those on the project mailing list. "As you may know, the Carmel Valley Planning Group will be holding a community meeting tomorrow... to discuss the Draft Environmental Impact Report for One Paseo. This is an important milestone of the public review process and will help determine if our vision for a Main Street for Carmel Valley becomes a reality. Your presence at this meeting is important to the success of the project. It will help illustrate the exceptional support for the concept established with help from the community. As a reminder, we will be getting together prior to the hearing to talk and have a bite to eat."

The meeting will take place on May 24 at 7:00pm Carmel Valley Middle School Performing Arts Center 3800 Mykonos Lane

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cskeen May 25, 2012 @ 9:39 a.m.

Actually, the unpaid and self recruited volunteers who oppose this development as it is currently proposed have collected 1560 signatures in opposition, and our online petition has 733 signatures so far (https://www.change.org/petitions/san-diego-stop-one-paseo-it-s-too-big-for-carmel-valley).

At last nights meeting, the Carmel Valley Planning Board pointed out the misinformation and wolf in sheep's clothing* nature of Kilroy's proposed development, and asked Kilroy to offer a scaled down, reduced density option to the community. I commend the Planning Board member who point blank asked Kilroy's representative, "I know you all have to make a certain amount of money here; how big does this development have to be for you all to make enough?" Because that's what's really at stake here--maximum profit for a multibillion dollar corporation, not "a vision inspired by the community."

There were several hundred attendees at the meeting last night. The Chair asked supporters to stand, then opponents, and roughly 80% of those in the audience were opposed. In our experience gathering signatures, 99% of those we speak to do not support this project as it is proposed once they see the actual details as provided in the Draft Environmental Impact Plan, rather than the very expensive and beautiful brochures and lobbying products sent into our community by the developer and their PR firm.

*see http://www.whatpricemainstreet.com/2012-05/one-paseo-guided-tour for example. Or consider the pretty language Kilroy uses about sustainability, while proposing the densest development in San Diego in a location that has ZERO public transit, nor will have any until 2035 (one bus).


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