The City seeks to overturn the results of the 2013 election that passed Prop. A and replace the current requirement for voter approval of Housing Element Updates (HEU) with a simple Council majority. These required updates represent the bulk of all upzoning in Encinitas.
Citing the failures of Measures T and U, the City claims that Prop. A interferes with its ability to comply with state housing law. Residents who voted against Measures T and U maintain that the City far exceeded State housing requirements in its desire to provide maximum profits to developers. Voters viewed these measures as gifts to developers and the reason for their majority No votes. Examples of these gifts included: low percentage of affordable housing; Prop. A nullification clauses; and greater building heights than necessary.
The City further alleges that it negotiated Measures T and U with HCD (Department of Housing and Community Development) yet despite claims of transparency failed both times to provide requested verification to the public of such negotiations through minutes, emails, and recordings. The City also maintains that it considered resident input in crafting Measures T and U; however, no proof of this input having been incorporated is evident in either plan.
Prop. A was a single issue Special Election with 12,873 people taking part in the vote. It is unclear from the lawsuit how many of the people who participated in the Prop. A, Measure T, and Measure U elections are named in the lawsuit.
Click the link to view the lawsuit: Complaint for Declaratory Relief