A San Diego City Council committee--worried about potential environmental harm--recommended Monday that the city stop the Del Mar Fair Board from using 22 acres of city-owned land for overflow parking for the fairgrounds.
The 4-0 decision by the city's Transportation and Land Use Committee specifically advises the full City Council--which will review the matter in two or three weeks--to cancel the lease on the property in six months.
The land, which lies in the San Dieguito River Valley, is part of a 225-acre area proposed by the state Coastal Conservancy as a park around San Dieguito Lagoon.
Trish Butler, planning director for the 22nd Agricultural Assn., which operates the state-owned fairgrounds, protested the committee's action to cancel the lease. She noted that a $50,000 beautification project along Jimmy Durante Boulevard has been completed by the Fair Board as part of the land-lease requirements.