Proposed housing along Del Dios corridor is denied

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Association gave a unanimous thumbs down to a proposed development just outside the Covenant, calling it inconsistent with the rest of the development along the scenic Del Dios corridor. 

Although the proposed development is out of the Association’s area of authority, the board voted to send a letter to San Diego County in opposition to the development, which would require an amendment of the Santa Fe Valley Specific Plan.

“It is important for us to weigh in,” said Ivan Holler, planning director.

The development site proposed by California West Communities is at the intersection of Del Dios Highway and Bing Crosby Boulevard, Chris Livoni, assistant planner for Rancho Santa Fe, told the board.

“This site is outside of the main gate of the Crosby development,” he said.

The proposed development would consist of 13 two-story, single-family detached homes on 7,000- and 8,000-square-foot lots. “This type of subdivision is nearly identical to those found in portions of 4S Ranch or Carmel Valley,” Livoni said.

He said the typical side yard setback would be 5 feet.

“Although the pad elevation ranges for 13 to 35 feet below Del Dios Highway, the rooftops of most of the homes would be visible from Del Dios,” he said.

Livoni told the board this type of subdivision layout has small lots, all two-story and only two variations of floor plan, which is inappropriate for this section of the Del Dios corridor.

“With its small lot sizes, similarity of housing types, visibility of rooftops from Del Dios Highway and the resulting additional vehicle trips, as proposed, the project is inconsistent with the large lot development patterns along the scenic Del Dios corridor,” Livoni said.

He said that along with the added visual and community character impacts, the proposed development, the transfer of 10 additional dwelling units would result in an increase in traffic on Del Dios.

The current number allowed at the Crosby development is three single-family homes on a site the size of the proposed project.

The environmental impact report for the Crosby development originally set the 5-acre spot aside for a small commercial center or a recreation field, which would not substantially increase traffic.

“We are not being petty,” said Ann Boon, a director on the Association’s board. “This would impact traffic not just on Del Dios, but the whole area.”

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