Backers of the One Paseo project in Carmel Valley said Wednesday they presented the City Clerk‘s office with 29,552 signature-withdrawal forms in connection with a referendum petition being circulated by the development’s opponents.
The announcement came as Protect San Diego’s Neighborhoods presented the Registrar of Voters with what they say are more than 60,000 signatures seeking a ballot referendum on the controversial project. “We’re confident that we have enough,” said spokesman Jeff Powers.
The City Council voted 7-2 in February to approve the $750 million mixed-use development on 24 acres of vacant land, but opponents immediately began a petition drive. They need about 34,000 signatures to require the City Council to rescind its approval or place the issue on an upcoming ballot.
The battle over signatures won’t be resolved for 30 days, during which time officials will count and check the signatures and signature-withdrawal forms presented by both sides.
“Clearly, San Diegans in large numbers felt compelled to withdraw their signatures from the referendum petition once they learned more about One Paseo,” said Rachel Laing, a spokesperson for developer Kilroy Realty. “We’re thankful so many San Diegans chose to listen to and consider the facts about this important and iconic smart-growth project — and took the time to rescind their signatures if they felt they’d been misled.”
Opposition to the project has received major funding from Donahue Schriber, the owner of an adjacent shopping center and another center nearby, but many residents say One Paseo is too big and will bring too much traffic to their affluent community.