DEL MAR — City Council appointed nine members to an ad hoc Form-Based Code Advisory Committee, which will work with city staff in developing new zoning regulations to help revitalize the downtown commercial area.
There were 11 candidates for nine available positions. Bob Angelo’s application was received after the deadline. Jacqueline Winterer was not appointed because her focus seemed to be on the Farmers Market and “we thought that she could represent that interest without being on the … committee,” Councilman Don Mosier said.
Appointed at the March 16 meeting were Phil Blair, a businessman and former Centre City Development Corporation board member; Albert Corti, who has experience in mixed-use development and redevelopment projects with retail as the primary use; Dennis Cruzan, a veteran in commercial construction design, development, leasing, management and investment; and Wayne Dernetz, former Del Mar city manager and Finance Committee member with experience in planning and zoning laws and redevelopment urban finance.
Also selected were Rick Ehrenfeld, a Planning Commission member who lives adjacent to the central commercial zone; Howard Gad, who has experience in developing residential subdivisions, custom homes, industrial buildings, retail centers and community facilities; Holly Schofield McGoldrick, the only nonresident, who has experience in engineering, zoning, land use and vehicular access; Nancy Sanquist, with architecture and planning experience; and Dwight Worden, former city attorney who authored Measure B, which governs large projects in downtown Del Mar.
When the proposal to form the advisory committee was presented by the interim planning director in January, some council members and residents said it lacked sufficient community representation. Mosier and Councilman Richard Earnest were appointed to restructure the group. Earnest said they increased it from seven members to nine hoping to form a more representative group.
Earnest said initial response to the request for volunteers was “spotty,” adding that notably absent from the final list are a property owner and business owner from the downtown area. He said many didn’t feel they could commit the time but were willing to provide input.
“You can lead them to water but you can’t necessarily make them volunteer for the committee,” Earnest said.
Earnest and Councilman Carl Hilliard, who are the council liaisons for the Downtown Façade and Horizontal Zoning Committee, will serve in that same capacity for the Form-Based Code Advisory Committee.