Some residents of Encinitas, working with a Carlsbad based activist/NIMBY group, have used the initiative process to force the City of Encinitas to spend at least $350,000 on a special election to be held in June of 2013. Nice.
This ill-conceived measure:
A) Won’t correct or address state mandated forced planning for additional housing units,
B) Will actually replace steep-slope local 12 ft building height limits currently in place with its blanket 30ft limit which would be very destructive to the impacted neighborhoods and their views,
C) Will replace the current accessory unit 12 ft height limit with it’s 30 ft ht limit, so get ready for your neighbor to build a 30 ft tall shed in his set-back right on your property line,
D) Won’t preserve the EUSD Pacific View former School Site as open space,
E) Will cause folks to pass on re-investment of their property leading to the eventual decline and degradation of Encinitas. Just ask Escondido how their similar measure is working out!
F) Will override the various Encinitas “Specific Plan” height limits of 33 or 40 ft rendering many of the projects in those areas (such as Whole Foods and Target) non-conforming and therefore unable to expand or be improved.
Can somebody please point to an example of where the Encinitas City Council used it’s 4/5th’s vote authority to “up-zone” property in town? I can’t, but maybe I missed it.
This thing is attempting to fix a problem that doesn’t exist and it is fraught with negative consequences for both the short term and long term best interests of the City of Encinitas and our residents.
Interestingly, both newly elected City Council Members Tony Kranz and Lisa Shaffer signed the initiative and supported it during their campaign to hold public office, and many of the “volunteers” collecting signatures doubled as campaign workers on their campaigns. Upon being successfully elected they then voted to not adopt it as written, but rather, take a formal position opposing it, and voted to have the City Council write arguments against it.
Those dedicated “agent of change” volunteers must be whipsawing between anger and depression with the recent votes of their newly minted City Council troika.
Ain’t politics grand!!