One Paseo site looking northeast toward Del Mar Heights Town Center. Photo by Chris Jennewein
One Paseo site looking northeast toward Del Mar Heights Town Center. Photo by Chris Jennewein

Opponents of the One Paseo mixed-development planned for Carmel Valley have started a petition drive to force a public vote after the City Council’s 7-2 approval of the controversial project.

“The City Council’s vote for One Paseo flies in the face of good planning and what makes sense for our neighborhoods. If not overturned, this vote could bring similar over-sized developments to neighborhoods throughout San Diego,” said referendum proponent Ken Farinsky.

Artist’s rendering of One Paseo’s main street. Courtesy Kilroy Realty

The project on the southwest corner of Del Mar Heights Road and El Camino Real in Carmel Valley includes 484,000 square feet of office space, 608 apartment units and 199,000 square feet of retail space on 24 acres of vacant land.

Hundreds of opponents attended the Feb. 23 City Council meeting, criticizing the project as too big for the affluent community and complaining about the potential for increased traffic.

“The opponents of One Paseo made their case against the project for many months, and their case was full of falsehoods and unsupported opinions and fears,” said a spokesperson for Kilroy Realty, developer of the project. “Now, project opponents are using the same demonstrably false rhetoric that was rejected by the City Council to overturn the decision by referendum.”

The opposition group What Price Main Street? was partly funded by the owner of an existing shopping center across the street from the project site.

Opponents have until March 25 to collect approximately 34,000 signatures to force the council to repeal the vote, or place the matter on the ballot.

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Chris Jennewein

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