Friday, November 07, 2008
A Major Crossroads for the Future of Encinitas
Is horribly ugly high density cat barf development coming to Encinitas?
NCT: ENCINITAS: Planning Commission ponders plan update
The Encinitas general plan is up for review. The NCT story is full of warm and fuzzies talking about going green, historical preservation and whatnot. Missing from the story is the coming push to dramatically increase our density and raise height limits. There has been talk of completely rezoning the El Camino Real corridor into high density urban mixed use. I am not completely against this, I would like to see cool modern buildings on El Camino Real and I would rather the city increase density there than on the coast highway corridor. But as we all know, the devil is in the details and the wrong developers could really do some damage. It will be years before the money is flowing for this kind of development but the city is going to start laying the ground work for it now. Concerned citizens should stay close to this process.
ENCINITAS ---- As Encinitas begins the long and ambitious endeavor of updating its blueprint for growth, a document known as the city's general plan, members of the Planning Commission were asked Thursday night what they would like to see in that plan.
City staffer Diane Langager told the commissioners that the process will take at least two years and probably much longer than that.
"We are very excited about the plan update," she said Thursday night. "We expect the process will be very challenging but also very fulfilling for staff and for the community."
Earlier this year, the City Council instructed the staff to initiate the update, naming it a top priority for the new year.
The first step, Langager said, was to solicit input from all of the city's commissions and committees. That input, she said, would be used to help select a consultant for the job.
Since its original adoption in 1989, the city has never undertaken a comprehensive update of its general plan. And since then, many new policy issues such as sustainable growth, climate change, stormwater cleansing and green building have come to the forefront.
Commissioner Paul Van Slyke said that he personally considered historical preservation ---- particularly of the Leucadia Highway 101 corridor ---- to be important.
"And I also think that greener building is a smart way to move," he added.