Just think how much nicer the experience would be without the trains and illegal straight-pipe motorcycles blasting out your ear drums. Sunday afternoons have become a fricken joke. Its so loud here the bird migrate to Lakside.I love the dining out doors experience too. I hope Council tells the cops to start enforcing the existing state laws like the City of Laguna Beach does. They corrected their noise problem. I also hope Council gets going and gets us a quiet zone.What will we do?
You dont like to hear each explosion of each stroke of each rpm of each of the hundreds of bike rattle through your head from 4 blocks away? Whats wrong with you? Dont you just think those old geezers look so cool putting on their leather and playing easyrider waving to eachother as they disrespecting everyone else? Dont you just love how they fling their cig butts on the road when their done looking cool for that instant? Dont you just love it?
Christy Guerin likes cop bikers. See her leather jacket in previous post. I have heard the motorcycle deputy sheriffs ride round and round, sirens on, showing off with the best (or worst) of them.You didn't leave your last post up very long, JP, before changing it.
It no wonder the younger generation is losing or lost respect for the older generation. The older generation gives plenty of expamples of how to disrespect everyone.
I love the restaurant outside dinning. It really makes Leucadia a quaint town and gives the feeling of a mellower coastal environment. To help bring back some calmness to the area, the City should lower the speed limit to 30 mph like downtown Encinitas and start giving tickets to the illegal exhaust pipes. If you purposely break the law and disrespect our beach community, you deserve the ticket. With the coming streetscape program, we will see even more outdoor dining and Leucadia will become a more walkable community. This is good, considering the corridor zoning is much denser than currently exists, and all those residents will want to walk to the nearby restaurants and shops.
Telling her boys to jump said... Walkable sidewalks are nice, but I don't think we should just skip over the Guerinized post by JP. That is NOT a closed case.Guerin was intrusive when it come to Joe and Jane Public's private info, is secretive and deceptive when it comes to behind the scenes decisions and unilateral decisions in closed door sessions, or without any prior meetings of Council.Yes, BOGUS! Guerin's friends and family, posting here, would like nothing more than to distract us with other topics so that Bossypants Guerin can go on pulling strings from behind the scenes, or come to Council meetings and tell her boy, handpicked Phil Cotton, when to jump, and how high.
Let's improve our sidewalks and attract more breakfast and lunch joints. Both Papagayo and A Little Moore were doing great business on Sunday morning. The train went by during my breakfast but no Harley's. I think that is more of a summertime thing.What was nice is that the recent rain kept the train from blowing dust everywhere.
7 post on the main page. Lots to comment on.
How long will the sidewalk dining last? One year, two years? The Planning Commission is approving buildings along the north 101 corridor that aren't suited to sidewalk dining, that aren't suited to restaurants. Residential housing, dense residential housing is the future of the commercial Leucadia.
People living in the area will want to walk to breakfast. More residential means more hungry customers.
I've heard there are two "goal setting" meetings coming up in Jan 2007 at City Hall and I understand the public is welcome. This would be the place to request lowering the speed limit in Leucadia and banning motorcycles. Hey, we all agree on something for a change!!! I didn't care one way or the other until I rented a studio at the Art Colony. The noise was ridiculous and was actually LOUDER than the trains passing by.
Get the requests to lower the height and build less dense projects to the city council. The current planning commission is not following the general plan. Each high density project becomes the standard in the area.Sidewalk cafes will be eliminated when new buildings are approved. The economics of building give the builders more profit in residential than in commercial restaurants. The only reason why there are still "sidewalk cafes" in downtown Encinitas is that they are in the old buildings. Stop the high density residential/commercial building now.According to the developer of the property at Encinitas Blvd. and Hwy 101, his property is the future look of Hwy 101. Is that Lecaudia's vision? Leucadia has the power, use it.
Not true, Planning Commission is following the General Plan which is trumped by the Specific Plans where applicable. General Plan becomes effective when Specific Plan is silent on an issue.Leucadia has the North 101 Specific Plan to deal with. Portions of that plan allow for increased heights, densities and parking relief to name a few.If you don't agree with what it says, tell the council you want it changed or reviewed. I have found it silent on issues related to FARs,underground parking limitations and other issues. You can't expect the original authors to have thought of everything. Specific Plans are designed to be fluid documents and can be ammended. The Encinitas Ranch Specific Plan has been ammended many times.
I think the new development will incorporate outdoor dining opportunities. If the markets there, which it it, they will happen.
Leftcoast, you are wrong. The general plan is the plan the specific plan must follow. The specific plan can't be different from the general plan unless the general plan SPECIFICALLY allows a difference. That is why the planning department is trying to change parts of the general plan to allow increased heights and densities.
Good grief. Just go to the General Plan that describes the various Specific Plans. For instance...Policy 7.8 describes how the North 101 Specific Plan shall "develop standards for development to vary design, setbacks, etc." to allow variation in projects. Policy 7.10 says that all development "shall be limited to a maximum height of 2 stories and 30 feet." then goes on to say, "Limited exceptions for non-residential development may be allowed, but only for designated specific sites as developed and adopted through area specific plans." Pretty clear.The North 101 Specific Plan itself explains to you all these variations. They allow you to go up to 33' in certain areas, they allow parking incentives, they allow zero FAR in many zones.It's there for you to read.
I wondered what a specific plan really is, and found this in our Encinitas General Plan, "The General Plan establishes broad parameters of development on a long-term basis. On the other hand, a specific plan is designed to identify particular land uses and development standards relating to a specific area, site or development proposal."
All I know is that Pipe's Cafe in Cardiff is printing money. It's all just eggs and potatoes; low overhead. Somebody smart should open one in Leucadia.
Limited exceptions for NON-RESIDENTIAL. Not for residential, but non-residential, that is commercial, there may be limited exceptions. So the developers are putting small commercial rooms on the bottom of large residential buildings and asking for the additional building height that should only be allowed for non-residential. Any other planning commission would say, stop, your building is residential and must be kept at the 22 feet height limit, but not this planning commission. One planning commissioner's comment on the height of the project at Encinitas Blvd. and Hwy 101 was that the building was actually 43 feet tall with the basement.
My specific plan is to get really, really drunk!!RSPB
That actually made me laugh out loud.
JP,You are welcome!!RSPB
You guys that complain about road noise on sidewalk dining areas haven't heard or smelled the real problem. I eat outside at Encinitas Cafe 3 or 4 times a week. The raod noise is nothing compared to the RSPB type people that walk down the sidewalk with their boom boxes and/or yelling obsenities at the sky. Many come by and stare at your food while they smell like shit. Where are our law enforcement types for both the RSP BUMS and motorcyles? Oh I know, they are at Starbucks in Cardiff checking out the women going into CardifFit.
time to give more budget to sheriffs and take it from fire McMansions. 30 million will buy alot of cop coverage.
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