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Regional Report

SOLANA BEACH/DEL MAR

Agreement Clears Way for Fairgrounds Renovations

Del Mar Fairgrounds operators have signed an agreement with the cities of Solana Beach and Del Mar, clearing the way for future renovations at the fairgrounds.

Officials said the agreement was part of a settlement of litigation filed by the two cities, over environmental impact issues stemming from planned changes to the fairgrounds’ master plan. The settlement will allow the fairgrounds to proceed with renovations of older exhibit halls, and operators will conduct further studies of the facility’s impact on neighboring cities.

The agreements eliminate plans for an electronic message board on Interstate 5, and fairgrounds officials will not approve any hotel at the site for at least five years. Operators have agreed to increase traffic controls at the fairgrounds’ Solana Gate.

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Litigation related to renovations and the master plan was filed in May 2011 by the two cities and the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority. The agreement was signed at a recent public ceremony at the fairgrounds, by representatives of those entities and the 22nd District Agricultural Association, which oversees the facilities.

— Lou Hirsh

CARLSBAD

Kemper Awarded New Golf Course Management Pact

Carlsbad City Council has approved a new contract with Illinois-based Kemper Sports Management, to continue operating the municipal golf course, known as The Crossings at Carlsbad. The company and city agreed to a new five-year contract, under which Kemper will be paid a base fee of $125,000 annually, which is $25,000 less than its current contract that took effect in 2007.

Kemper will also have a new incentive fee arrangement, in which the firm will only get the maximum incentive fee if the course’s gross revenues exceed projections, according to a statement from the city. Carlsbad officials have estimated that The Crossings will generate $3 million in total operating revenue in the first half of 2013, up 4 percent from the same period of 2012.

Kemper was among 10 companies that competed for the course management contract, officials said.

— Lou Hirsh

IMPERIAL BEACH

Builder Envisions 216 Condos Near San Diego Bay

Integral Communities of Encinitas has proposed building 216 condominiums on 9 acres of land at the southern end of San Diego Bay.

The builder presented initial plans to the City Council recently.

As envisioned, units would house two to three bedrooms and range from 1,100 square feet to 1,750 square feet. Buildings would stand three stories tall and be finished in the “beach bungalow” style. Bonsall-based Summa Architecture drew the conceptual plans presented to the council.

The project — known as Bernardo Shores or the Shores at Silver Strand — would need the California Coastal Commission’s OK as well as city approval.

— Brad Graves

CHULA VISTA

City Joins Coalition For Green Programs

The city joined a coalition of 14 cities in the state called Green Cities California aimed at accelerating the adoption of sustainability policies and programs.

The South Bay city updated a climate action plan in 2008 and 2011 that addressed reducing greenhouse gases through adopting 18 strategies, including decreased water and energy consumption, promoting renewable energy resources, expanding alternative fuel vehicle use, and developing walkable transit friendly neighborhoods.

By adopting these policies, the city is not only protecting its quality of life, but also creating economic benefits by encouraging and welcoming green businesses to locate there, said Deputy Mayor Pamela Bensoussan.

— Mike Allen

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