City Hall/Town Hall Project

The City of Del Mar is underway with the design for the City Hall/Town Hall project, building upon the vast information developed during the planning phases (2013-2014).

The City Council, based upon a community poll, requested that the architect design a new City Hall for administrative functions, a Town Hall for community gatherings and government meetings, and a large plaza to serve a variety of outdoor uses.

Following this direction, the architect, The Miller Hull Partnership, has first developed a Concept Design and then refined that site concept into what is called Schematic Design. The City Council approved their Schematic Design presentation on July 20, 2015 and the Design Review Board (DRB) provided early input at its August 2015 meeting. The design team conducted a workshop on September 28, 2015 to look at various elements of the design and the community input provided substantial direction to the architects. On November 2, 2015, the City Council reviewed and endorsed the progress to move forward with the entitlement process. 

The DRB discussed the project and its progress at its November 18, 2015 meeting. A Citizen's Participation Program meeting was held on November 19, 2015. Following this input, story poles were erected prior to the DRB Hearing on December 16, 2015. The City Council approved the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) at the January 4, 2016 meeting. The City Council has approved
the project entitlements on January 19, 2016. On March 21, 2016, the City Council considered the concept of a one level parking garage and approve the resolution for financing of the project. 

It is an exciting process and one with many opportunities for your input and involvement.

Quick Facts about City Hall/ Town Hall Project 
  • The project would redevelop the existing City Hall site at 1050 Camino del Mar with new public buildings and amenities
  • 8,722 sq. ft. City Hall for administrative functions
  • 3,172 sq. ft. Town Hall (up to 250 person seating capacity)
  • 956 sq. ft. Breezeway
  • 15,000 sq.ft. public plaza
  • Up to 160 parking stalls in a partially below grade structure and surface lot, landscaping, grading, and associated site improvements
  • The project site is located in the Public Facilities (PF) Zone
  • Estimated construction cost is $12.9 million (total project cost is estimated to be $17.8 million) 

Proposed Design of City Hall/Town Hall

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Current Status of the Project

Proposed Alley Vacation Exhibit
On February 16, 2016, the City Council will consider the vacation of an unimproved, 20-foot wide, east-west alley located on the City Hall site (APNs 300-093-02 and -03) at 1050 Camino del Mar. The requested vacation is related to the City Hall/Town Hall Project.  The unimproved alley easement has never been improved to provide a roadway pass-through connection from Stratford Court to Camino del Mar, is not considered for future street purposes, and has not been used for public access.  As such, the mapped alley is considered as excess public right-of-way. Exhibit B

Project Entitlements Approved
The City Council approved the City Hall/Town Hall project entitlements on January 19, 2016.

Environmental Impact Report Certified
On January 4, 2016, the City Council approved the Environmental Impact Report for City Hall/Town Hall project. The Council continued the approval of entitlements to January 19, 2016.  

Story Poles for the City Hall/Town Hall Project
As the City progresses through the design process of a new City Hall/Town Hall, story poles have been erected at the existing site (1050 Camino del Mar) to depict the outline and height of the buildings. They are intended to aid neighbors, staff personnel, and members of the decision-making bodies in their evaluation of a project application.

The story poles depict the outline of the proposed City Hall, Town Hall, parking garage, as well as planned new grade levels. The story poles were installed on December 4, 2015 and were removed on January 22, 2016.
Photographic Survey

The photographs below were taken at key locations from the proposed Town Hall overlook, Town Hall Terrace (currently being modified per CPP/City Council direction), and Ocean View Terrace.

Project Schedule of Upcoming Engagement Opportunities



Regularly Scheduled Council Meeting at 6:30 p.m.

City Hall Forum at all City Council meetings (6:30 PM Time Certain). Come to any regularly schedule City Council meeting and share your thoughts on the design or project.

January 19, 2016 at 6:00 p.m.

City Council Meeting to Consider Approval of the Project Entitlements (continued from January 4, 2016)

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