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City leaders lobby to overturn One Paseo approval

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Government and community leaders came together Wednesday to support the One Paseo referendum drive.

They're hoping to overturn the City Council's approval of a massive mixed-use development in Carmel Valley.

Council President Sherri Lightner says sometimes elected officials get it wrong. Even though her council peers approved the mixed-use development, she says the project with office space, condos, retail and more, is too dense for Carmel Valley.

"One Paseo is the opposite of smart growth. It's dumb growth," Lightner said. "There is no access to public transit in Carmel Valley, and the project is not bike or pedestrian friendly. Even worse, this project uses spot zoning to create a new zone that doesn't exist anywhere else in the city."

Lightner says the project will jam a development about the same size of UTC into an area about one-third the space without considering the impact of increased traffic. But supporters of One Paseo say otherwise.

"What's important to know about this project is that it had six years of evaluation. The city staff said it was good. Seven out of nine council members evaluated over months and months and decided it was a good project," One Paseo spokesperson Rachel Laing said.

Laing says the city council already considered their opponents concerns.

"They did listen. They listened to the facts, and the facts were in our favor," she said.

Those in favor of a referendum are confident 34,000 signatures will be gathered in the next 20 days, putting the fate of the project in the hands of voters.

County Supervisor Dave Roberts has opposed One Paseo for years because he says high-density buildings like the ones planned set a bad precedent for every San Diegan, no matter where you live.

"I represent parts of four of the nine City of San Diego districts, and I have heard from my constituents throughout my districts and throughout the city, 'What is going on here?'" Roberts said.

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