September 25, 2018
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
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Del Mar Community Leaders Unite For Reform And Against Measure R
Many Del Mar community leaders and Measure R proponent Rick Thompson have joined together to promote a series of reforms in the City of Del Mar. These reforms will improve noticing, transparency and dispute resolution as well as eliminate the need for Measure R.
As noted in their recently released letter to the Del Mar community, “City ordinances that make some houses and businesses in Del Mar non-conforming without proper notice or consideration for impacted property owners, and ordinances that are not clearly written or consistently applied, are unfair and erode public trust in city government. This creates unfortunate situations like that endured by the Thompson family who were denied their proper land-use rights which other property owners were previously and subsequently granted.”
They join together to call for the City of Del Mar to consider the following reforms to increase transparency and promote fairness for all property owners:
- As is already the case with the Design Review Board, notification should be sent to all property owners within 300 feet of another property under review by the City Council or Planning Commission.
- If an action considered by the City Council or Planning Commission impacts an entire zone or area of properties, notice should be mailed to all the affected properties.The notice should clearly identify the potential impact of the action on floor area ratio, lot coverage, setbacks, height restrictions, flood and sea level rise regulation, other entitlements or the potential creation of non-conforming uses.
- If an action considered by the City Council or Planning Commission impacts all properties in Del Mar, reasonable efforts should be made to include notice in every utility bill sent by the City, in the City Manager’s weekly e-blast and be prominently posted on the City’s website. Again, it should clearly identify the potential impact of the action on floor area ratio, lot coverage, setbacks, height restrictions, flood and sea level rise regulation, other entitlements or the potential creation of non-conforming uses.
- When City staff provide property owners with their calculation of the allowable Floor Area Ratio for their property, they should disclose if other similar or neighboring properties in the same zone were permitted different allowable Floor Area Ratios.
- Historical planning documents should be digitally archived and searchable by subject, address or APN, with notations for any variances previously granted.
Ombudsperson or Mediator
Provide a single dedicated person (or a group of potential mediators to select from) to provide assistance to residents and property owners in navigating Del Mar’s complex planning process and help resolve issues with the city’s administration.
The goal of these reforms in noticing, transparency and dispute resolution is to promote fairness, consistency and harmony in the Del Mar community.
According to Rick Thompson, “Measure R’s inclusion on the November 6th ballot has proven to be a welcome catalyst for conversations throughout our community. Most recently, the opposing sides of Measure R have invested time to listen to each other and have begun to collaborate on ways to bring positive reform to our City. I could not have hoped for a better outcome. I want to publicly thank the opponents of Measure R for their concern and commitment to making Del Mar a better community. This is the way meaningful change happens.”
Thompson adds further, “I recognize and believe that passing Measure R is not so important as having clear and consistent rules and having the community come together. In light of this I will immediately suspend all campaign efforts and support for Measure R and urge voters to vote no on R. Suspending the campaign may be unorthodox, but it is far more important to stand for our common interest in improving transparency and fairness at City Hall and to hold our politicians accountable. We must elect leaders that will listen, respect, and fairly represent us all.”