ENCINITAS APPROVES GOLD-STANDARD CLIMATE ACTION PLAN

ENCINITAS APPROVES GOLD-STANDARD CLIMATE ACTION PLAN

In January, we approved on elf the region's most ambitious, gold-standard Climate Action Plans. Cities across the state are approving plans to contribute their fair share to reducing greenhouse gas emissions to fight climate change. In Encinitas, we have been working on this plan for over a year and have included many public workshops, hearings and comments. The result is a robust, measurable plan that reduces our GHGs by 41% by 2030, exceeding the current requirements under state law. Key local strategies, in addition to state legislative actions, include Community Choice Energy and a 100% clean energy goal, increasing mobility projects to reduce GHG emissions from cars, pursuing a zero waste goal, and expanding our tree canopy. Stay tuned for more ways in which we will continue to be a regional leader on environmental protection!

HOUSING ELEMENT UPDATE, PART III

HOUSING ELEMENT UPDATE, PART III

Since the failure of Measure T in 2016, the City has been pursuing a new plan to get compliant with State Housing Law. Originally we thought we could make key changes to the previous plan and send to the voters. But changes in state law this year mean that is not possible. Whereas previously we needed to just zone for housing for all income levels, the new laws look at the production of that housing in the next three years. On January 10 in a joint City Council & Housing Element Task Force meeting we continued our review of possible housing sites that comply with state law. 

RAIL CORRIDOR VISION PLAN

RAIL CORRIDOR VISION PLAN

We received a final report from the Coastal Mobility and Livability Working Group (CMLWG) on the Rail Corridor Vision Plan as well as the Active Transportation Plan in the Rail Corridor. We very much appreciated the work of the group and feedback on the vision. We asked the CMLWG to revisit the prioritization of crossings, type of crossing (underpass or at-grade) and asked them to look at design guidelines for any path through the corridor. We are almost there!
 

HYMMETUS ESTATES APPEAL

HYMMETUS ESTATES APPEAL


We heard an appeal on December 20 for a density bonus project's Covenants, Conditions & Restrictions (CC&Rs), an unusual review on a controversial project. I was pleased that after much deliberation and discussion with the residents and applicant, my fellow Council Members unanimously approved my motion that denied the appeal, but required the applicant to make changes to the CC&Rs consistent with the requests of the residents.
 

MOBILITY IMPROVEMENTS

MOBILITY IMPROVEMENTS

We had two items on December 20 related to mobility: Interim North Coast 101 Streetscape traffic improvements and the addition of a multi-use path to the North Coast 101 streetscape. While both important items, I was disappointed with the process and reports. Both items ended in a 3-2 vote with Mayor Blakespear and I voting no. I explain my reasons for these votes in detail in the blog.

HOUSING ELEMENT UPDATE

HOUSING ELEMENT UPDATE

Since the failure of Measure T in 2016, the City has been pursuing a new plan to get compliant with State Housing Law. Originally we thought we could make key changes to the previous plan and send to the voters. But changes in state law this year mean that is not possible. Whereas previously we needed to just zone for housing for all income levels, the new laws look at the production of that housing in the next three years. On December 16 in a joint City Council & Housing Element Task Force meeting we reviewed all the housing sites put forward by staff and the public. On January 10, 2016 we will have a follow up meeting to further narrow down the selection of sites. 
 

Improving Fire Response Times in North Leucadia/Saxony Canyon

Improving Fire Response Times in North Leucadia/Saxony Canyon

On Wednesday we unanimously approved a one-year pilot project to evaluate improving response times in North Leucadia for a peak-hour Fast Response Vehicle (FRV) program in the North Leucadia/Saxony Canyon area. I am excited about this improvement in services and look forward to concrete metrics about services and needs so that we can consider a permanent solution.

Encinitas Districts start in 2018

Encinitas Districts start in 2018

On Wednesday, November 15 we finalized the new districts for Encinitas. In 2018, District 3 (Cardiff, Old Encinitas, New Encinitas) and District 4 (New Encinitas, Olivenhain) will vote on their District City Council Members. District 1 (Leucadia, New Encinitas) and District 2 (Old Encinitas, Leucadia) will be up. At every regular election, voters can still elect their city-wide at-large Mayor. 

Marijuana Update

Marijuana Update

We voted to proceed as planned regarding marijuana: ban all activities to maintain the status quo and review a cannabis ballot measure in the future. There is some ambiguity if we will do a cannabis ballot measure because the farmer asking for cannabis cultivation, may want to pursue housing instead. If that is the case the council could consider a medical marijuana delivery ordinance in the future.

MARIJUANA IN ENCINITAS

MARIJUANA IN ENCINITAS

After hearing hours of testimony on all aspects of marijuana regulation issues, we decided to put limited commercial cultivation on agricultural zoned land with safety zones around schools, daycare centers and parks as well as medical marijuana delivery and outdoor cultivation not in street view in a greenhouses to a vote of the people. In the meantime we will keep the status quo by banning all uses.