By Karen Billing
The Rancho Santa Fe Association Board of Directors will tackle the county’s proposed roundabouts for Paseo Delicias/Del Dios Highway at its Feb. 7 meeting, which will be held at the Rancho Santa Fe Garden Club at 9 a.m. Community members are encouraged to attend the meeting.
The roundabouts are proposed for the intersections at Via de la Valle/La Fremontia; El Camino Del Norte; and El Montevideo/La Valle Plateada in an effort to ease the long queues during peak traffic times. The draft environmental impact report was released in December and comments are due in by Feb. 28.
At the RSF Association’s Feb. 17 meeting, former RSF Association President Jack Queen told the board members that their decision on the roundabouts is one of the most important they will make during their term.
“If you encourage the county to go through with it, it’s permanent,” Queen said. “It will forever change the entrance to Rancho Santa Fe.”
He asked that the Association really look at the full impact of how big the roundabouts will be. He said that the proposed roundabouts are “industrial grade,” not the “inky dinky” roundabouts seen in Encinitas.
The proposed roundabouts would be 110 feet in diameter from the center to the edge, with a 16-foot lane and a 12-to-15-foot-wide mountable apron for trucks with long trailers to circle through. Each roundabout will also have a 48-to 54-foot-wide landscaped center.
The county and Association will work together in the landscaping plan and Queen said he knows the Association will make it look nice but he compared it to putting lipstick on a pig.
“We all know what we do to keep the place looking rural and I’d argue strongly that the roundabouts are the antithesis of being rural,” Queen said.
He suggested that the Association try solutions that are not only less expensive but instantly reversible such as possible no turn signs during peak hours, with enforcement help from the Rancho Santa Fe Patrol or the California Highway Patrol overtime officers the Association contracts with.
The DEIR can be reviewed online at https://
- It is also available in hard copy form at the Rancho Santa Fe Library.