Last December, Dan Vaughn wrote an article alerting us to a large, dense apartment complex a developer wants to build near the intersection of Manchester, Encinitas and Rancho Santa Fe roads. As seen in the above picture, the proposed apartments would dwarf all residential, retail and commercial structures for several miles. It would significantly worsen an already overloaded nearby road system.
The negatives don’t stop there. The apartments would be built with a deficit of parking spaces (472 spaces versus the 637 spaces such a large project needs) resulting in dangerous on street parking overflow. And the developer is trying to win a permit without going through California Environmental Quality law (CEQA) or even any traffic or other environmental review.
Original project submission: Oct 21, 2019
First cycle response (incomplete): Nov 27, 2019
Project withdrawal: Dec 27, 2019
Project resubmission: Jan 29, 2020
First cycle response (incomplete): Feb 28, 2020
Project resubmission: Apr 23, 2020
Encinitas Residents for Responsible Development
While there isn’t much we can directly do as non-residents of Encinitas, there is an organization that is attempting to ensure a more rational development plan for Encinitas. Needless to say, they are doing everything in their power to constrain, reshape, mitigate, or eliminate this proposed development.
You can visit their web site by clicking here.
This group, called Encinitas Residents for Responsible Development, has assembled an opt-in mailing list of over 545 Encinitas families, the majority of whom have volunteered to contribute financially, help with turnout, and/or play a leadership role. So far they have raised over $20K in donations to help pay for retained counsel to review the legality of the actions of the applicants, the city, and the State of California Department of Housing and Community (HCD). They have filed a lawsuit to hold the city of Encinitas accountable for complying with environmental and public disclosure laws.
In addition, they have engaged the city planning department staff and employed professional experts to ensure the administrative project records reflect their understanding of the facts and don’t rely solely on the developer’s assertions. This has included data visualization experts, biologists, fire safety experts, and traffic engineers.
How To Help
If this project is of concern to you, one way to help is to send them a tax deductable donation. Their donation vehicle is via North County Advocates, a non-profit 501(c)3 that was started in 2009. To donate, go to the Encinitas Residents for Responsible Development website and click on the donate button on the top right for instructions.
I don’t know if this project can be eliminated, but it can at least be improved. The developer is using CA law to bypass or trump Encinitas municipal codes, a direct result of CA’s effort to increase the amount of affordable housing available.