Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Carlsbad's Plans to Gentrify Ponto will cost Encinitas millions
Carlsbad is like our jock older brother who takes steroids and drives a monster truck and ask to borrow money from you at the worst time possible.
Encinitas challenging Ponto plan
ENCINITAS -- The Ponto Beachfront Village Vision Plan could leave Encinitas footing the bill for up to $4 million in roadwork, according to a report headed to the Encinitas City Council Wednesday.
Plans to develop 50 acres in Carlsbad -- opposite Batiquitos Lagoon from Encinitas -- would dump up to 5,000 vehicle trips a day onto La Costa Avenue, an Encinitas road that would need new lanes and signals to accommodate the traffic, Encinitas planning Director Patrick Murphy wrote in a report to the council.
Carlsbad has proposed that developers of the controversial Ponto plan contribute $5.3 million toward the cost of improving La Costa Avenue.
"The Encinitas engineering staff ... believes the estimate is significantly low," Murphy wrote, adding the cost "is more likely to be $7.9 million to $9.3 million."
The Encinitas City Council will consider authorizing Murphy to outline the discrepancy in a letter to the city's neighbor to the north when the council meets at 6 p.m. Wednesday at 505 S. Vulcan Ave.
Carlsbad's City Council is expected to hold a public hearing on the Ponto plan Oct. 23.