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Residents sign petition against proposed farmers market

RANCHO SANTA FE — The farmers market proposed for the village in Rancho Santa Fe took a few more hits at the Jan. 3 Association meeting. 

Longtime Rancho Santa Fe resident Elizabeth Monge brought a petition to the meeting, signed by several people who live on El Tordo, who oppose the farmer’s market.

“We want to know when this will be on the agenda,” she said. “I would hate to find out it was given approval before it was on the agenda.”

The board tabled the proposal at its Nov. 1 meeting to give enough time for input from the membership. Members on both side of the issue will have plenty of notice when it will appear on the agenda, said Association President Roxana Foxx.

If approved, the market would take place on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The most likely location would involve closing El Tordo between Avenida de Acacias and La Granada during the farmers market.

Because El Tordo is a public road, the county must approve any road closure plans and some form of traffic control will also be required.

In addition, merchants and property owners along the affected portion of El Tordo are being notified and must agree to the road closure.

In addition, if every one agrees to its location, the county will probably require permanent signs.

Monge said she took a quick survey of residents on El Tordo and many of them were against it.

She said that El Tordo gets all the overflow parking and truck traffic as it is.

“We are up to here. A farmers market would not be good,” she said.

Other objections brought before the board in recent months have included extending the weekday traffic and parking issues into the weekend along with trash and noise, which would be a hardship on the residents. Some object to attracting strangers to the village.

Those supporting the market say there would be only quality vendors at the market and that it would give the opportunity for others to get to know Rancho Santa Fe.

It would be self-sustaining and profits would be given to the veterans program at Archie’s Acres.

In other Association news, Planning Director Ivan Holler told the board that staff has been working with the Rancho Santa Fe Fire District to remove dead and dying trees, which are a fire hazard.

“We have completed the first segment, 34 trees, that were in poor condition and in too close proximity to a major egress and access corridor,” he said. “We will be working with the fire district to identify other trees in high priority locations.”

The Association meets at 9 a.m. on the first and third Thursdays of the month at 17022 Avenida de Acacias in Rancho Santa Fe. More information is available by calling (858) 756-1174.