Supervisor Dave Roberts addresses the crowd at Canyon Crest Academy. Photo by Chris Jennewein
Supervisor Dave Roberts addresses the crowd at Canyon Crest Academy. Photo by Chris Jennewein

Developer Kilroy Realty Corp. on Thursday presented a scaled down plan for the controversial One Paseo shopping and housing project in Carmel Valley to a largely skeptical audience.

Hundreds of residents packed into the auditorium at Canyon Crest Academy, with many standing in the aisles and milling outside, for a special meeting of the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board.

County Supervisor Dave Roberts told the crowd at the opening of the meeting that while he has no role in San Diego land-use decisions, he is against the project because he believed it was out of character for the community.

A rendering of the One Paseo project’s “main street.”

“We cannot allow something that is three times zoning,” Roberts said to extensive applause.

The controversial project, which has been criticized by residents and nearby businesses, would be built on 23 acres of vacant land on the southwest corner of Del Mar Heights Road and El Camino Real.

Speakers for the developer said the new plan includes a 30 percent reduction in density, lower building heights, an increase in open space and improvements to traffic flow. The plan includes a “main street” and a central plaza that would be a “living room” for the community.

The company pledged $6 million in traffic improvements, including high-tech computerized signalling to increase traffic flow on streets in the area.

Speakers for What Price Main Street, an opposition group, said they weren’t against developing the vacant plot, but wanted Kilroy to come back with a smaller mixed-use project that would not “tower over our community.”

Deliberations by the community planning board and decision are expected at a special meeting on Sept. 11.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.