Eventually, city leaders will decide whether to approve a large urban-style development in Carmel Valley. Key to that decision could be determining whether the project even qualifies as the sort of smart-growth project the city says it wants.
San Diego’s general plan aims to accommodate future population growth by concentrating new housing in dense developments within the city’s urban core and near public transportation.
It’s meant to combat the city’s affordability issues by increasing housing supply, and to create walkable, transit-oriented communities where residents don’t rely on cars.
But it isn’t clear whether One Paseo — a 23-acre, $650 million project in Carmel Valley by Kilroy Realty — counts as a clear-cut win toward that end, even if the city’s environmental review calls the project a “unique opportunity” to achieve that goal.