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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
We voted unanimously to extend the porta potty program, asking staff to see if 7-11 would work with us on an appropriate location and to see if there is a site at Beacon's where a porta potty could be convenient without blocking bikes. We also asked that staff return with options for more permanent solutions and/or structures.
The Tier 1 Residential Traffic Calming Process will help calm residential streets, making them safer and more walkable. This is a great improvement over our existing process, which has taken up to five years and much animosity towards the City to get projects completed. We voted unanimously to approve this process and improve residents' experience with City Hall!
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.
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.
We got an update on the Active Transportation Plan (ATP) being considered by the Coastal Mobility and Livability Working Group (CMLWG). The plan is going in the right direction, but the ATP should be more carefully considered by a citywide bike and pedestrian-focused group and needs to include shovel-ready plans so that we can seek grant funding.
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.
On November 8, the Encinitas City Council selected Map 16 for our future districts. District 3 (Mark Muir) and District 4 (Joe Mosca) will be up for election in 2018. District 1 (Tony Kranz) and District 2 (Tasha Boerner Horvath) will remain at-large until 2020, when their districts are up for re-election.
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.
The mapping tools are here! After two public meetings the Council moved unanimously to accept mapping criteria and the online, paper and excel tools are available. If you want your map considered for review at our Third Public Meeting on October 11 at 6 PM at City Hall, please make sure you submit your maps by October 4.