The North County Transit District and SANDAG, with the support of Encinitas's mayor, want to make a temporary construction road near the San Elijo Lagoon permanent, and they quietly took the request to the California Coastal Commission last week – after SANDAG stalled on releasing documents about the change, according to concerned residents.
The neighbors up on the bluff are living through the construction with the complaints you’d expect to hear: noise, traffic back-ups and congestion, dust. But they didn’t expect to see the temporary road become permanent. They fear the road will allow for illegal fishing in the lagoon, for trash dumping, parking for partying and vice, as an off-road bike access and even for using the land as an unofficial off-leash dog park, residents said in the half dozen letters that came in too late to be added to the coastal commission report.
Ellen Burr said she was astonished to learn the road would become permanent – especially since there was no notice to the neighboring homes. She went to Encinitas city hall on Nov. 29, and couldn’t get any information. “They said the road isn’t theirs, it belongs to SANDAG,” Burr says. Mayor Blakespear wrote to the NCTD the same day that Burr, who lives on the bluff above the lagoon, went to the city to try to get whatever documents the city has on the decision to make the road permanent.
Monday, March 18, 2019
NCTD wants permanent maintenance road at San Elijo construction site
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