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. We have had two separate join Housing Task Force/City Council meetings in the last few months.
We reviewed all sites, with their opportunities and challenges, trying to keep as much as a balance between five communities as possible. This list is not final and will be discussed at the meetings listed below. You can check out the staff summary online of each of the sites and below is a summary table of the sites.
Please note that further research is ongoing to determine the viability of the sites. As I've said before, in a built out city, any site that qualifies under state law is likely to have it's challenges. Our goal is to put together the least objectionable selection.
Also I'd like to ask that you consider that the people we are talking about are beginning teachers, nurses, kids returning home after college, and our seniors. It is probably one of the most difficult things we will do as a Council. But I truly believe if we all remain constructive and talk about where and how housing can be compatible, we can have an honest and productive conversation.
The next steps include a Housing Element Task Force meeting on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 from 5-7 pm at the Community Room at the Encinitas Library, followed by another joint Housing Element Task Force/City Council meeting on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, starting at 6 pm at City Hall.
For those who missed it, please check out my December 16, 2017 TBH Blog post for more background information.