The developer of a nine-home subdivision should explore ways to make the project less intrusive, the Encinitas Planning Commission decided Jan. 21 by way of a 4-1 vote.This sounds like a lot of discretion, which we thought city didn't have when it came to density bonus projects. If the Planning Commission has this kind of discretion, why hasn't it used it before on projects like the one behind La Especial Norte?
Commissioners expressed concern that two-story homes in the proposed development at 720 Balour Drive could loom over the existing neighborhood, which is largely made up of one-story houses. So, they asked the developer to share an access road with a church to allow a greater buffer between the subdivision and adjacent houses — or reduce the size of the planned homes’ second story.
Monday, January 25, 2016
Planning Commission sends Balour density bonus project back to drawing board