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The Torrey Pines Community Planning Board (TPCPB) will hold elections on March 13, 2014 for 10 of 16 seats on the Board.
Caltrans is again proposing to saddle our community with a monster project that will impact our lives during years of construction and degrade the character of our community when it is done. Your Torrey Pines Community Planning Board worked very hard to identify the shortcomings of the Draft Environmental Impact Report and has responded with a detailed analysis that you can review here.
In addition to tearing down the Del Mar Heights Road bridge to make room for more lanes of the I-5 expansion, Caltrans wants to build fly-over connectors between I-5 and State Road 56 (SR 56) that rasies intense traffic noise and pollution almost 60 feet from the present road grade and pushes to as close as 50 feet of the homes along Portofino Drive. The draft environmental impact report leaves these important factors out and only direct contact with Caltrans from a board member revealed these facts.
The combination of the Del Mar Heights Road bridge replacement, the I-5/SR 56 connector project and the associated massive earth moving traffic is going to slow access to the Torrey Pines community by emergency vehicles from their station on the far side of I-5 and make a mess of commuting to schools and work.
The Torrey Pines Community Planning Board has released its response to the One Paseo project draft environmental impact report. The 24 page response outlines the negative impacts this project would have to the Torrey Pines and Carmel Valley communities. The full response can be read here.
The Draft Environmental Impact Report for the One Paseo Project on the corner of Del Mar Heights Road and El Camino Real is available. You can read the document here.
The traffic geneated by the retail businesses, the offices and the high-rise housing is predicted to degrade the level of service of our nearby roads to unacceptable levels by government standards, and surely by our standards too. Traffic impacts are discussed in section 5 of the draft EIR.
The public comment period for this project has closed. The decision to go forward with this project will come before the San Diego in the next several months, so the best way to make your opinion count is to write to your city councilmember.
Our only Del Mar Heights shopping center, Del Mar Heights Village on the corner of Del Mar Heights Road and Mango, has new owners and the new owners have reached out to the community seeking input on improvements. Here is your chance to get their ear at http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/DMHV. Traffic on that corner is a nightmare and a better entrance/exit to the shopping center would certainly help the situation.
The owners of the 7/11 store and gas station on that same corner have expressed interest in making improvements too. Wouldn't it be great if the owners could get together and integrate the two properties with fewer, and more traffic friendly entrances? Let the real estate manager, Steve Oliver Stephen.Oliver@7-11.com know your thoughts.
Be on the lookout for the effects of a pest that is damaging the local citrus crop. It must be recognized and treated promptly to avoid losing our multi-million dollar per year citrus crops. If you observe off-color or misshapen fruit, call the California Department of Food and Agriculture Hotline at 1(800) 491-1899. The DFA has local offices and technicians who will respond quickly if a caller reports a suspected infestation. You can find more information from the University of California at http://www.ipm.ucdavis.edu/EXOTIC/diaphorinacitri.html
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