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Posted on: October 26, 2020

Council takes multiple actions on housing

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On a second reading Oct. 19, the City Council approved an ordinance to amend the North Commercial Zone, which includes properties on Jimmy Durante Boulevard at San Dieguito Drive, to allow for up to 20 dwelling units per acre. This and a second, similar ordinance amending the Professional Commercial Zone, on Camino Del Mar between 8th and 9th streets, now head to the California Coastal Commission for certification.

The vote was one of several actions taken on housing. In related business, the council:

  • Voted unanimously to approve a memorandum outlining considerations the City can present to the 22nd District Agricultural Association to initiate talks on the topic of housing at the Del Mar Fairgrounds; and  
  • Voted unanimously to authorize a response to a State enforcement letter that identified deficiencies in Del Mar’s progress on its required 5th Cycle Housing Element action programs. The City’s response letter explains how Del Mar will bring its Housing Element into compliance. The Council action also authorized City staff to initiate processing of zoning for a required housing program on the Watermark-owned lots at the southeast corner of Jimmy Durante Boulevard and San Dieguito Drive.

Shifting to the draft 6th Cycle Housing Element Update, on Oct. 20, City staff transmitted the document to State housing authorities for a 60-day review. Approved earlier this month by the City Council, the Housing Element Update envisions strategies to increase Del Mar’s housing inventory – with an emphasis on affordable units – through 2029.

As approved by the City Council, the draft document does not identify Shores Park or Court Street Park as potential locations for housing. The only City-owned locations identified as potential sites available for affordable housing include the City Hall expansion lot on 10th Street and a vacant lot on 28th Streett.

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