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Protesters deliver petition and a message regarding One Paseo Project

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"Protect San Diego's Neighborhoods" hands over 55K signatures to try and stop OnePaseo Project. Twitter image @GeneCBS8 "Protect San Diego's Neighborhoods" hands over 55K signatures to try and stop OnePaseo Project. Twitter image @GeneCBS8

SAN DIEGO (CNS) - More than 60,000 petition signatures aimed at getting the San Diego City Council to overturn its approval of a 23.6-acre mixed-use housing, retail and office development in Carmel Valley were Wednesday turned over to the county Registrar of Voters Office.

If enough of the signatures collected by a group called Protect San Diego's Neighborhoods turn out to be valid, the City Council would have to rescind its approval of the $750 million One Paseo Project or place the issue before voters.

The group needs around 34,000 signatures to qualify.

"When the concerns of four planning groups and thousands of residents were disregarded in the approval of this project, all neighborhoods throughout the city were put at risk," said City Council President Sherri Lightner, who represents the area and cast dissenting votes against the project.

"Protect San Diego's Neighborhoods' work over the past 30 days further validates the concerns raised about One Paseo over the past six years and warrants the council's reconsideration of this project," Lightner said.

Nearly 29,500 forms have been submitted from people asking that their names be withdrawn from the petition, City Clerk Elizabeth Maland said.

"Clearly, San Diegans in large numbers felt compelled to withdraw their signatures from the referendum petition once they learned more about One Paseo," said Rachel Laing, a spokeswoman for Kilroy.

The opponents contend One Paseo will destroy the affluent community by attracting an influx of vehicle traffic to an already congested part of town.

The 10-building development will encompass nearly 1.5 million square feet of floor space, including shops, offices, a movie theater and more than 600 housing units south of Del Mar Heights Road, between El Camino Real and High Bluff Drive.

"This project will transform a vacant graded lot into acres of public open space, provide affordable housing, create thousands of jobs and generate hundreds of millions of dollars in economic activity -- all via private investment," Laing said.

The developer contends that floor space and building heights have been reduced, and a systems of connected traffic signals will manage traffic through the area.

Supporters also say the development fits in with the "City of Villages" land use concept approved by the City Council several years ago to guide so-called "urban in-fill" projects.

Officials have 30 days to verify the signatures and withdrawal forms.

This is a story update. The original story is below.

SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Voters may have a say on the One Paseo Project in Carmel Valley after all.

Protect San Diego's Neighborhoods wants the San Diego City Council to stop the One Paseo Project from moving forward. The group wants to overturn the city council's approval and has collected 55,000 signatures in an effort to place the issue on the ballot.

The group includes City Council President Sherri Lightner, local community planning board members, representatives from the county supervisor's office and concerned residents. They turned the petition signatures over to the Registrar of Voters Office Wednesday morning, which means the council will have to cancel their approval or place it on the ballot for voters.

Located by the corner of Del Mar Heights Road and High Bluff Drive, the One Paseo Project will have housing, shops, offices and green space.

But critics fear the $750 million project will create a traffic nightmare and it's a battle that's heating up on both sides.

"They were telling them you're signing petition to support affordable housing, you're signing a petition to keep the Chargers in town, keep a Walmart out of your neighborhood. It was absolutely outrageous some of the misrepresentations they were doing to get signatures,” said One Paseo spokesperson Rachel Laing.

"The only devious tactics going on during this drive was on Killroy's part. They did the Chargers decoy drive,” said Jeff Powers of Protect San Diego's Neighborhoods. “They hired almost every signature firm in California to come down to San Diego. They did robo-calling and did direct mailing, they blocked our folks. They surrounded our folks, they harassed our folks."

The City Clerk's Office says more than 27,000 people have asked that their petition signatures be canceled. However, this group says they have enough support to move forward. Now the City Council has to decide what's next.

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