Encinitas Council Rejects Seabluffe Residents’ Appeal, Approves Alila Marea’s Sister Project

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Plans to build a mix of apartments, shops and hotel rooms just south of the luxurious Alila Marea Beach Resort are exceptional and the development will bring huge benefit to the community, city council members said on Wednesday. of Encinitas, as they dismissed an appeal filed by an opponent. band.

“I can’t find any reason for this call,” Councilor Joe Mosca said at the evening council meeting, calling the proposed development “a thoughtful project that will really fit into the community.”

Councilwoman Joy Lyndes said it would be a “positive contribution to the quality of life in our community”, while Councilman Tony Kranz noted that two-thirds of the dozen or so public speakers on Wednesday strongly supported the plans for development, as did many people who emailed the city in the days leading up to the hearing.

“I can’t think of any other project that has had this outpouring of support,” he said.

Mayor Catherine Blakespear said project developer Larry Jackel provided an excellent description of the plans.

“As Mr. Jackel said, this is the right project for the right sector,” she says.

Jackel has proposed to build 94 apartments, 19 of which will be reserved for low-income people, as well as a two-story underground parking garage, retail stores and restaurants, and a 34-unit hotel that will be connected by bridge to Alila. Sea Resort. The structures will sit on a 3.79-acre, mostly vacant parcel along North Coast Highway 101 just south of the resort town and bordered to the west and south by the gated townhouse community of Seabluffe .

Seabluffe residents have been divided over development plans, and it was evident at Wednesday’s meeting. A series of residents who support the proposal spoke during the public comment period, while council considered an appeal filed by Friends of Seabluffe, a group of opponents. The group was appealing the city’s Planning Commission’s decision in June to certify the project’s environmental impact report and approve various city permits, including a coastal development permit.

Objectors’ attorney Isabela Rodriguez told council that parts of the project do not meet city development standards and that the city should require the developer to do more to reduce its likely traffic impacts on the streets. local roads.

“We ask that you please consider the health (of Seabluff residents), their safety … when declining this appeal,” she said.

Opponents have also called on the city to require monitoring equipment and observers to determine if construction activity is making sandy coastal cliffs unstable.

Marco Gonzalez, the promoter’s solicitor, told the council this was not necessary, saying their experts had found that rail trains passing nearby had much more of an impact.

For their part, council members focused on an issue that was not part of the appeal. They repeatedly asked city staff and consultants whether all interested tribal groups had been properly briefed on development plans.

Their questions came after a band representative from the San Pasqual Mission Indians said his group had been left out of the process until fairly recently and asked council to either deny the project or delay the vote.

A city consultant said the city had worked with another tribal group throughout the process, but it wasn’t initially included in the notification documents because the city didn’t know it was interested. what had happened on the site. The city has since invited representatives from San Pasqual to visit the site and provide feedback, the consultant said.

Council members said they were glad the tribe brought attention to the issue.

“We will do better (next time),” Kranz promised.

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