Recently Encinitas mayor Jerome Stocks suggested that North Leucadia get a Coaster train stop. On the surface this sounds like a great idea since currently many Leucadians commute in the morning to the Encinitas train station. However there may be a deeper motivation. Read below.
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A Coaster Stop in Leucadia would make it a 'Smart Growth Area' and that means the zoning could be taken from R15 and R 22 (15 or 22 residential units per acre) to R 30.
The City is currently updating it's General Plan and due to State imposed sanctions, must add some 1,500 residential units to our current zoning. The first idea was to change the zoning in some areas along El Camino Real from 'Commercial' to 'Mixed Use'. This would allow apartments to be built over some retail and commercial centers. Needless to say, the folks in New Encinitas think that's a bad idea mostly because of the traffic issues.
The folks at the State, who need to approve the new Plan, insist that major up-zoning go into 'Smart Growth Areas' which means near public transportation and the only 'public transportation' New Encinitas has is busses. The State prefers trains as they are permanent.
If they add a Coaster Stop to the Leucadia corridor, Leucadia will be the new 'Smart Growth' area in Encinitas. Taking the heat off New Encinitas and leaving Leucadia to take a major portion of the State enforced up-zoning.
We do not want to pit ourselves against our friends and neighbors in New Encinitas. The housing that is being forced on the City needs to be portioned out in a fair and reasonable way. The burden should not fall heavily on any one community.
Please keep your eyes and ears on this issue.
Jerome Stocks did not discuss this with City Councilwoman Teresa Barth before he proposed it to North County Transit District. He also did not discuss it with either the Leucadia MainStreet Association or the Leucadia Town Council. We have no way of knowing who he did discuss it with or whose idea it was. Pretty clever though for anyone who'd like to see their property up-zoned in the updated General Plan.
#1. A Transportation Center with trains and busses is planned for Ponto in Carlsbad, just a short distance up the road.
#2. No rezoning was considered for the Leucadia Corridor because it is covered by a Specific Plan and any zoning changes should be made there.
Note: The Leucadia Specific Plan runs from Encinitas Blvd to La Costa Blvd, Vulcan on the east and zig zags on the west side along La Vita and Melrose. It does not include very much of the residential areas
Is there fear that a Whole Foods style development will occur on the Leucadia coast? While the Whole Foods commercial parts seem to be a rocking success the residential aspects have not.
If Leucadia's coastal corridor were to undergo a major upzone do you envision a real estate land grab of developer's buying up older beach properties, tearing them down and building new high density buildings?
Is that a realistic scenario? If the Leucadia Streetscape is ever completed does that make Leucadia a target for mega-developers?
Mixed Use in the New Encinitas El Camino Real commercial zone was probably a viable idea assuming people want to rent apartments above a TJ Maxx.
Will the next generation of Leucadians want to rent an apartment above Karina's when they are in the twenty's?
The reality is all those cute little kids attending Paul Ecke Central will need apartments to rent in 12-15 years.
Doesn't the community of Leucadia deserve their own train station?