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San Diego City Council Delays One Paseo Vote

Council will vote on Carmel Valley development on Thursday, still hearing comments Monday

Photo credit: Kilroy Realty Corporation

An architectural drawing gives a bird's eye view of the proposed $650 million One Paseo project site on Del Mar Heights Road in Carmel Valley.

Signatures force the hotly contested development planned for Del Mar Heights Road back to the San Diego City Council, where it won approval in February.

The San Diego City Council will vote Monday whether to rescind its approval of One Paseo — or let the public decide.

The Carmel Valley development won City Council approval in February on a 7-2 vote, with only Council President Sherri Lightner and Councilwoman Marti Emerald opposing.

But opponents have collected enough signatures to force the issue back onto the council’s agenda.

Opponents and supporters are divided over the definition of "smart growth."

Supporters say One Paseo is smart growth — a mixed-use, infill development that brings offices, homes and shops to an urban area and avoids sprawl.

But opponents say it is anything but smart growth and would set a precedent for approval of denser projects in neighborhoods where traffic gridlock is already a problem.

At the February council meeting, those attending had to be shuttled up to council chambers in groups from an overflow space at Golden Hall on the civic concourse.

To accommodate the large crowds expected Monday, the meeting will be in Golden Hall and will start at 1 p.m., an hour earlier than council meetings normally start on Mondays.

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