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Posted on: June 16, 2022

Affordable housing reports presented to City Council

Rendering of family housing building

Rendering of family housing building
An architect's rendering shows how a structure's height and square footage could occupy a 1.5-acre site on the Del Mar Fairgrounds at Via de la Valle and Jimmy Durante Boulevard. The rendering by Stephen Dalton Architects does not represent an actual design or proposed project but is intended as a starting point to inform discussions on implementation of the Housing Element. 

The City Council received detailed consultants’ reports June 13 that further analyze a City strategy for locating housing as identified in the City’s housing plan for 2021 through 2029.   

Adopted by the City Council in March 2021, the 6th Cycle Housing Element was updated in December to address a State request for more information on proposed sites for affordable housing.

The consultants’ reports presented findings of Phase I studies that examined scenarios and costs to develop affordable housing at the State-owned Del Mar Fairgrounds and on vacant, City-owned properties at 28th Street and 10th Street.

The Housing Element envisions:

  • At least 54 lower income units on the Del Mar Fairgrounds;
  • 3 lower income units on City-owned property at 28th Street; and
  • 4 lower income units on City-owned property at 10th Street.

The Phase I studies are intended as a starting point for future collaboration with the 22nd District Agricultural Association, the State agency that owns and controls the Del Mar Fairgrounds.  

City staff expects to return to Council in September with recommendations on how best to secure an agreement for housing at the fairgrounds before a December 2024 deadline.

Meanwhile, Phase II studies that examine affordable housing on privately-owned sites, such as accessory dwelling units and multiple-unit development in commercial zones, are expected to be presented to City Council in December.

During the special meeting of the City Council June 13, reports included a staff presentation, a financial feasibility assessment by Keyser Marston Associates, Inc., and site-specific studies prepared by Stephen Dalton Associates.  

Watch meeting

Open staff presentation

Open financial feasibility assessment

Open site-specific studies

Open staff report

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