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Posted on: February 20, 2023

Rail, housing, undergrounding identified as top priorities

railway on bluff

The City Council on Feb. 13 identified its top goals and priorities for the next two fiscal years, which include relocation of the railroad tracks off of the Del Mar bluff, Housing Element implementation, utility undergrounding and addressing short term rental regulations, to name a few.

During the goal-setting workshop, Council members gave early direction toward the development of a two-year budget for the 2023-24 and 2024-25 fiscal years. The current fiscal year ends June 30. 

By consensus, the City Council agreed that ensuring the City has capacity to work with and provide critical input to SANDAG on its many rail projects planned for Del Mar — bluff stabilization, replacement and double-tracking of the San Dieguito railroad trestle, pedestrian access projects and the eventual realignment of the railroad tracks — should be a top priority for the work plan of City staff. 

So should implementation of programs in the Housing Element, which calls for extensive planning work during the next two fiscal years, including the development of at least 54 units of affordable housing at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.

On the topic of utility undergrounding — and with a pilot project completed earlier this month — Council members agreed that planning and construction should be a priority for the next two of seven remaining utility undergrounding districts: the Stratford South District between 4th and 12th streets and the Crest Canyon District along portions of Crest Road, Oribia Road and San Dieguito Drive.

On the topic of short term vacation rental regulations, staff is gathering data for the City Council to revisit the issue and determine next steps before the end of the fiscal year.

In April or May, the Finance Committee will review a proposed, two-year budget and make recommendations to the City Council for City Council consideration as part of budget adoption in May or June.

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