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A map shows the proposed scale of the Encinitas Boulevard Apartments in Olivenhain. (Encinitas city document image)

Large-scale Encinitas housing proposal sets stage for 2021 cycle

Ethan Edward Coston December 31, 2020
The next housing cycle begins in 2021, and state law requires Encinitas to pass another housing policy. The Encinitas Boulevard Apartments, a new development proposed in Olivenhain, has sparked controversy among residents.
Encinitas City Hall. (NCC file photo)

Officials seek residents’ input for 2021 Encinitas housing plan update

North Coast Current December 31, 2020
The city of Encinitas invites residents to submit comments during January as officials finalize a state-mandated housing update.
Encinitas homes are shown in this March 2018 aerial. (Photo by Ian McDonnell, iStock Getty Images)

City vs. citizens? Sides differ on perceptions of Encinitas housing suit

Cameron Niven November 6, 2019
The city of Encinitas recently filed a lawsuit against 100 unnamed defendants of a resident-backed group called Preserve Proposition A in a claim to clarify whether future housing plans need to be held for a public vote. The lawsuit is the latest in a series of legal squabbles between Encinitas, housing advocates and the state of California as the city’s latest housing element was deemed compliant under state housing law by the Department of Housing and Community Development on Oct. 10.
Encinitas homes are shown in this March 2018 aerial. (Photo by Ian McDonnell, iStock Getty Images)

Encinitas gains state housing element approval, city announces

North Coast Current October 10, 2019
Encinitas has a state-approved affordable housing plan, the city announced Oct. 10. The green light comes after several years of proposals and controversy over growth in Encinitas, from voter rejection of ballot measures to lawsuits.
Encinitas homes are shown in this March 2018 aerial. (Photo by Ian McDonnell, iStock Getty Images)

Grandfathering granny flats: Encinitas eyes state bill to help housing crunch

Joel Vaughn August 30, 2018
Home is where the drywall is up to code, or it’s in the backyard, above the garage or an added second story. Accessory dwelling units will have a chance to be counted in Encinitas’ housing requirement.
Encintas City Council members Mark Muir (left), Tasha Boerner Horvath and Tony Kranz are sworn in by City Clerk Kathy Hollywood on Dec. 13. (Photo by Cam Buker)

Encinitas leaders set priorities for 2017

Mike Peterson January 6, 2017
In the wake of November’s election results, Encinitas has sworn in an entire City Council sans one seat.

EDITORIAL: Community character, experience lead endorsement picks

North Coast Current November 6, 2016
The North Coast Current’s editorial leadership suggests the following candidates for several Nov. 8 races affecting the city of Encinitas. The nature of this year’s local campaign reflects some of what we’ve seen nationally, with preferred candidates taking positions on issues that are at odds with other aspects that make those candidates appealing.

EDITORIAL: ‘No’ on Encinitas Measure T

North Coast Current November 1, 2016
The North Coast Current urges a “no” vote on Measure T for one reason: It’s time to call the state of California out on its misguided approach to shoving high-density development down communities’ throats.

Encinitas leaders, regional expert weigh family ties on Nov. 8 ballot

Ernesto Lopez October 30, 2016
The Bushes have two U.S. presidents in their family. The Clintons may just have two, depending on the outcome of November’s election. And in the city of Encinitas, the Gaspars might also be in a position to join this form of family political lineage.

Encinitas split over controversial housing element update

Mike Peterson October 27, 2016
A housing element update on the Encinitas ballot Nov. 8 has the city divided. If approved, Measure T, as the proposal is known on the ballot, would create a new land-use designation in Encinitas that would allow property owners to build higher-density housing in certain zones around the city.

LETTER: Encinitas has no room for unending growth

February 22, 2015

Re: Mr. Koenig’s piece on the state housing density mandate. As a 34-year Encinitas resident who helped write the current general plan in the late 1980s, I have been following the housing density...

High-density residential-commercial complexes such as MarketWalk in San Elijo Hills, pictured Feb. 8, might fit the master-planned community, but do they belong in Olivenhain? (North Coast Current photo)

Point of View: Housing mandate could doom Encinitas by design

Roman S. Koenig February 8, 2015

“Community character” is a phrase that’s been batted about for months as Encinitas debates the shape of its state-mandated Housing Element, a plan that requires an accounting of how the city is going...

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