Encinitas can develop an affordable housing plan that limits buildings to two stories and less than 30 feet in height and satisfy its regional housing mandates — but they’ll have to make some concessions to get there.How badly do you really have to mess with the setbacks? One acre at two stories is 87,120 square feet. That's enough for thirty 1000-sqft apartments plus with almost two thirds of the land left over for setbacks, parking, and green space. Make the units more affordable at 800 or 900 square feet on average and you have even more room.
This was the word from a report authored by a city-hired consultant who unveiled his findings at a recent housing element task force meeting.
Former Councilwoman Teresa Barth in a recent newsletter questioned the trade-off.
“Will more crowded-in two story buildings be better than limited three story buildings with setbacks?” Barth said in the newsletter.
Blakespear acknowledged that the city would have to make some concessions to satisfy voters’ concerns about building heights.
Friday, August 18, 2017
Blakespear supportive, Barth skeptical of 2-story housing plan