From the Inbox:
Please try to attend Wednesday's meeting if you can carve out the time!
On Wednesday, the Council is going to vote on actions pertaining to the Housing Element. It appears that they are trying to slip through a back door way to upzone the City--particularly New Encinitas and greenhouse properties. The following list are some problems with the report:
Specific Parcel Numbers Not Identified
The Staff Report that was available on Friday contains a map that shows areas that they want to upzone without identifying them by parcel number! Not surprisingly, the Sprouts/ McDonald's parcel is one that has been identified, as is the Ralphs/Trader Joe's parking lot. Although it does not indicate that it goes most of the length of El Camino like the original MIG map--by getting a foot in the door, they can easily extend it down the entire street. This is bifurcation in action!
RHNA Requirements Vary. Terms 'Affordable Housing' and 'Low Income' are Not Defined and Are Used Interchangably
In addition, there are many questions about the actual RHNA numbers that we must take since there are a range of figures presented though out the report.
No Red Line Version Has Been Made Available
In addition, the red line version of the Housing Element has never been created--even though it was requested by the previous Council almost 2 years ago. Without a red line version, there can be no accountability for the process since it is impossible to make a side by side comparison of what they have changed from the current General Plan.
They Are Back Interpreting Prop A--In the Wrong Way
They make claims in their power poing about Prop A which are not true.
The Stategic Plan is Also on the Agenda!
As if this was not bad enough, the issue of the Strategic Plan will also be on the agenda. Instead of updating the General Plan and its elements starting with our existing plan and asking for citizens to weigh in, they want to resurrect parts of the failed MIG plan and seemingly, want to run it through Gus' Strategic Plan.
Please attend the meeting if you can, and speak to the issues if you have background in these issues.
In conclusion, there is absolutely nothing in the report that is deserving of a vote or even a discussion in its current, unfinished form. Please make every effort to attend Wednesday's meeting.