Officials today will release details of an agreement settling a lawsuit filed against the operators of the Del Mar Fairgrounds by the cities of Del Mar and Solana Beach and the San Dieguito River Park Joint Powers Authority.
The cities and river park JPA sued the 22nd District Agricultural Association, which runs the state-owned facility, over the environmental impact report for plans to renovate aging facilities at the fairgrounds.
The parties announced last week that they reached a final agreement to settle the litigation. A news conference is set for this morning to announce details.
As part of the settlement, the fairgrounds reportedly won’t consider building a hotel there for five years, won’t install an electronic sign near Interstate 5, will install a traffic signal or consider other heightened traffic safety measures at the Solana Gate on Via de la Valle, and will look into relocating a parking structure that’s on the drawing board.
The fairgrounds also will not install lights for sports fields that would be placed above rebuilt exhibit halls, and will commission reports on the benefits the cities and fairgrounds provide to each other.
“The settlement over our master plan EIR paves the way for the 22nd DAA to work towards the renovation of the fairgrounds’ old and outdated exhibit facilities, and at the same time implements additional measures beyond what is called out in the EIR, to mitigate concerns from the local communities on traffic, noise and environmental concerns,” association board President Adam Day said.