Creating a Community

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The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board (CVCPB) plays a major role in developing and transforming local communities, including Carmel Valley, Pacific Highlands Ranch, Fairbanks Country Club, Via de la Valle, and North City Subarea 2. The board, which consists of dedicated and passionate volunteers, works closely with the San Diego City Council, Planning Commission, and other governmental agencies to ensure that these communities evolve into better places to live and work. And while the board works hard to prepare, adopt, implement, amend, and advise on land use plans, input from the community is welcomed and encouraged to help make decisions. CVCPB Chair Frisco White shares with 92130 Magazine how the organization moves forward in its mission to build communities that work.

Q&A with Frisco White, Carmel Valley Community Planning Board Chair

cover7For those who aren’t familiar, what is the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board?
The Carmel Valley Community Planning Board was formed and is recognized by the San Diego City Council to make recommendations to the San Diego City Council, Planning Commission, City staff, and other governmental agencies on land use matters. Our task specifically concerns the preparation of, adoption of, implementation of, or amendment to the General Plan or a land use plan that relates to the community boundaries of Carmel Valley, Pacific Highlands Ranch, Fairbanks Country Club, Via de la Valle, and North City Subarea 2. We also advise on other land use matters as they relate to the individuality of our communities as requested by the City or other governmental agency.

What is the CVCPB’s overall goal and mission?
Our current mission, as originally founded, is to review and make recommendations on land use and development of projects within our boundaries.


At-A-Glance | Planning Board Chair

Name: Frisco White, AIA
Community: Carmel Valley
Education: Bachelor’s of Architecture from California Polytechnic State University,
San Luis Obispo

Family: Married with two daughters
Hobbies & Interests: Playing golf, tennis, scuba diving, following F1 racing events,
and enjoying my life with family and friends


How does the board operate to fulfill its mission?
The board operates as an elected body of citizens headed by a chair, vice-chair, and secretary. We review and make recommendations on individual development projects, focusing our reviews on conformance with the Land Development Code, the adopted community plan and/or the General Plan, and the concerns and opinions of our communities.

How does the relationship between the CVCPB and the San Diego City Council work?
The board has always had a close relationship with our City Council representative. Our council representative respects the opinions and recommendations on development projects and advises developers to seek the support of the planning board. We have appreciated throughout the years that our councilmember takes our advice seriously before a vote is taken by City Council.

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“The CVCPB plays a major and significant role in how our communities are developed and transformed. Developers are very aware and take our advisory role to heart, knowing that our support, or lack of, will go a long way in the City Council’s or Planning Commission’s ultimate approval or denial of their projects.”

How big of a role does the CVCPB play in 92130’s development?
The CVCPB plays a major and significant role in how our communities are developed and transformed. Developers are very aware and take our advisory role to heart, knowing that our support, or lack of, will go a long way in the City Council’s or Planning Commission’s ultimate approval or denial of their projects.

Can you tell us a bit about your board members?
We have a fantastic team of community volunteers that are dedicated to seeing that our communities are developed into better places to live and work. We take our role very seriously and make decisions that reflect what would be the best development to benefit the community and the developer. Our board is comprised of 13 members that represent various areas of the communities. We have six members that represent their respective voting districts in Carmel Valley: two that represent the two districts of Pacific Highlands Ranch, two that represent business and developer interests in Carmel Valley area, two Carmel Valley property owner representatives, and one that represents the Fairbanks Country Club, Via de la Valle, and North City Subarea 2 communities. The board has a well-balanced and diverse membership of active residents, property owners, business owners, developers, and professionals.

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How is a board member appointed to the CVCPB?
Board members are either elected by their various residential voting districts or by the various business/developer/property owner categories.

What is your advice for anyone interested in joining the CVCPB?
I would advise that anyone interested should have an enormous amount of passion for participating and contributing to making our communities better. You must also be willing to make the time commitment to attend meetings and read material. Eligibility criteria is set forth in our bylaws.

Just What is a General Plan?
A city and county adopt and regularly update what is called their General Plan, a kind of constitution, that guides their community’s short-term and long-term development. Learn more about San Diego’s General Plan and Carmel Valley’s Community Plan at www.sandiego.gov.

When and where does the CVCPB meet? Are meetings open to the public?
The board meets at the Carmel Valley Library on the fourth Thursday of each month, except November and December due to holiday conflicts. The board’s various subcommittees meet as needed. The meetings are open to the public governed by the Brown Act and we encourage the public’s participation.

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How can members learn more about what is going on in the community, or let their voices be heard?
The best way is to attend the board meetings and let us know your opinions or concerns on projects. You can also receive the monthly agendas by asking the chair to be placed on the email list or by going to www.cvsd.com.

Does the CVCPB ever work or interact with other local groups?
We do interact with other planning boards in the area, especially when we review projects that would also impact their planning boundaries.

Does the 92130 community have any interesting upcoming developments?
Our immediate concentration is on the completion of the development of Pacific Highlands Ranch. We are reviewing the completion of The Village, the retail hub of PHR, and have proposed new residential communities, recreational facilities, a library, and the employment center. Additionally, our Livability Subcommittee recently completed its study of the livability and mobility assessment of Carmel Valley and Pacific Highlands Ranch with recommendations for resolving the issues. We are also beginning to assess the concerns of the Pacific Highlands Ranch residents on the morning and evening traffic that they are experiencing.


Communities Overseen by CVCPB:

Carmel Valley
Pacific Highlands Ranch
Fairbanks Country Club
Via de la Valle
North City Subarea 2


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From left to right: Allen Kashani, Debbie Lokanc, Jonathan Tedesco, Kimberly Elliott, Frisco White, Laura Copic, Kenneth Farinsky

Does the board have any short-term or long-term goals?
We have many short-term goals to review projects that are before us now. Our long-term goal is to resolve the traffic issues of Carmel Valley and Pacific Highlands Ranch and ensure that important circulation elements are brought forward now rather than later in the City’s capital improvement schedule.

What do you most enjoy about being a part of the CVCPB?
I enjoy seeing the finished product of our reviews and overseeing the development of our communities. The best enjoyment is working with my dedicated colleagues who are also passionate about building communities that work.

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Current CVCPB Roster:

Ken Farinsky – CV 1
Barry Schultz – Vice Chair CV 2
Steve Davison – CV 3
Debbie Lokanc – CV 4
Frisco White, Chair – CV 5
Laura Copic – CV 6
Allen Kashani, Secretary – CV Developer
Kimberly Elliot – CV Property Owner
Shreya Sasaki – PHR D1
Jonathan Tedesco – PHR D2
VACANT – CV Business
VACANT – CV Property Owner
VACANT – North City Subarea 2


What is most challenging about being a part of the board?
You must be able to make decisions based on what would be the best community-wide solution to development projects.

Is there anything else you’d like 92130 Magazine readers to know about the CVCPB?
I have had conversations with residents and found that they did not know of the board’s existence. Tell your neighbors that there is a planning board that you can go to to voice concerns on project development proposals, and that we exist and need input from the communities to help make decisions on projects. Secondly, if you see your planning board members, please say “thank you” to them to acknowledge the sacrifice of their time and energy.


At-A-Glance | Carmel Valley Community Planning Board

Chair: Frisco White, AIA
Phone: 619-542-1188
Email: white@wwarch.com
Meetings: Last Thursdays at Carmel Valley Library
Website: www.cvsd.com