A key element in the controversial development One Paseo was rejected by local officials at a packed Carmel Valley planning commission meeting Thursday.
One Paseo is a mixed-use village proposed for the corner of Del Mar Heights Road and El Camino Real in Carmel Valley. Plans include a parking structure, movie theater expansion, and new stores and eateries.
On Thursday, the Carmel Valley Planning Board voted against the plan's Reduced Main Street but voted in support of the plan's Reduced Mixed Use Alternative with additional square footage to allow the retail portion to hit 198,500 square feet, according to chair Frisco White.
“Our thinking is something is going to get approved so we just want to weigh in on what we think of the project and they can make their decision,” White said.
A third motion was passed adding multiple conditions to whatever project is ultimately approved including some design notes and the hiring of a third-party project manager to take care of the traffic and landscaping items the community wants to make sure are not forgotten.
Kilroy Realty said it will move forward with the proposed project.
"Like all major projects, One Paseo generated a robust public discussion, and we’re proud of the enormous base of support the project earned from Carmel Valley families who welcome a true main street experience to our neighborhood. We appreciate the consideration of the Carmel Valley Planning Board and look forward to moving the project as currently proposed on to the next steps in the approval process."
White said the panel that met Thursday night has more of an advisory role to the city's planning commission and the City Council.
"They can elect to take our advice or they can ignore it," he explained.
"I’m sure as the project proceeds into the city council it will have its proponents and opponents," he said.
The official acceptance of the motions discussed Thursday should take place next week.
Developers will go before the city of San Diego Planning Commission on Oct. 2.
If approved, construction is expected to begin in late 2015 and conclude in mid‐2017, officials said.