From the In Box:
There are two important quality of life issues for Leucadia that need citizen attention right away.
# 1 - More about the famous Barratt-American business at the corner of Sheridan and Andrew: There is an agenda item before the Encinitas Planning Commission this Thursday Dec. 2 at 6 PM that needs our attention. Brief summary of case # 10-150 RA (the full and very involved agenda item is at: http://archive.ci.encinitas.ca.us/WebLink8/DocView.aspx?id=671211&dbid=0)
A company called ELN, LLC has purchased the remaining home in escrow on the western Nantucket property. It can't be sold until the affordable home is built on Lot 8 along Andrew Avenue. They propose to increase the square footage of what is required to 2000 sf and add a 600 sf additional unit for affordable income families. Two units would be on the same lot. That would free up the existing home in escrow to be sold.
ELN also is proposing to the city that ELN be allowed to build out all of the eastern part of Nantucket WITHOUT HAVING TO BUILD THE AFFORDABLE UNIT designated for Lot 4 - along Sheridan. They are asking for a change in the contract with the city to get out of building the affordable home. They say they do now own Lot 4 and are therefore not responsible for the affordable unit on that property. This plan if passed on Thursday would allow the complete build out of eastern Nantucket, and would not provide an affordable unit there.
ELN proposes that the additional 600 ft unit on Andrew would fulfill their obligation. That property would also not have a 30 year time limit and would be managed by a non-profit in the city.
Many people who attended the CPP on October 25, 2010 opposed another higher density housing unit on Andrew. We already have enough. And many also spoke up against allowing ELN to build out a density bonus development without having to build a proper affordable housing unit...as per the city's contract. The city would be breaking it's contract, many believe.
If you can weigh in on the subject please send an email to Kerry Kusiak at the city and have him forward your comments to the planning commission. KKusiak@ci.encinitas.ca.us
# 2 There is a CPP (citizens "participation" ) meeting on the proposal to build TWO 30 ft high cell-phone towers at the RE/MAX office site on the corner of La Costa Avenue and Highway 101 - Thursday Dec 2 - also at City Hall. This proposal would also build a utility building 12 ft high x 12 wide x 50 long on the site. (That's almost the size of railroad box car) This is the gateway to Leucadia. What an ugly image for us. The city has said in the past they will not fight the increasingly possible severe health hazards of cell-phone towers in the city (even though they don't allow them on fire houses). The only way to fight these tower monsters is from design and neighborhood eyesore issues.
If you can weigh in on the subject please send an email to Kerry Kusiak at the city and have him forward your comments to the appropriate city planner: KKusiak@ci.encinitas.ca.us