IMPORTANT: Three Story Mixed Use in the Heart of CardiffThe City Council's high-density development plans actually affect Leucadia, New Encinitas, and Old Encinitas even more than Cardiff. But as we saw with the Rail Trail fiasco, Cardiff folks are well-organized and effective. It remains to be seen whether the Council will change the map to reduce the impact on Cardiff, which could have a big effect on the November vote.
The Encinitas Planning Commission approved City Staff's version of the plan for the Housing Element Update - not the plan generated by themselves, or council or the plan generated from public input. The City Staff is recommending their plan to the City Council, and the Planning Commission is recommending this same plan to the City Council as well. This plan puts large scale mixed use (3 stories) in the heart of Cardiff. Please see the article below.
Three stories in the middle of the Cardiff commercial district will not be acceptable to all those who labored during the past years on the Cardiff Specific Plan.
The Housing Element Update has taken years to complete and thru these many years, it seems that the community input gathered from workshop after workshop was dropped somewhere along the line. It is unfortunate that City Staff nor Planning Commission members do not recall/respect, the long Cardiff Specific Plan process (lots of money and many years) in which the citizens committee unanimously rejected large scale mixed use and three stories in Cardiff. Both the Planning Commission and City Council rejected mixed use in the Cardiff Specific plan area altogether.
It also seems they don't really care about affordable housing. Three story mixed use development in the heart of Cardiff will lead to very nice luxury condominiums with ocean views, not affordable housing. The city council needs to know how you feel about this. Finally, the particular sites have never been vetted by the people of Cardiff. You may prefer 2 story mixed use on smaller lots, or 2 story mixed use on Santa Fe, as other versions of the plans had, versus intense development in the already crowded commercial district. Traffic is often backed up from San Elijo to I-5 on Birmingham, and this will only make it worse.
The next step is City Council. They have the to power to edit this plan, pick another plan, or create another plan. Please let your views be heard. You can e-mail council at firstname.lastname@example.org - a copy will go to each council member. This topic will be discussed at the City Council meeting on 15-Jun-2016 at 6:00 PM. Please attend and speak if you can, but by all means, e-mail the city council.
Wednesday, June 1, 2016
Cardiff Town Council rallies against high-density development plan