Past Public Outreach Events

Developer Roundtable Discussion

The developer roundtable discussion took place on Tuesday, December 7, 2021 in the Poinsettia Room at City Hall. Seven participants from the affordable housing and market-rate development community provided their perspective regarding barriers with development and design regulations that currently prevent revitalization of the El Camino Real corridor, and discussed options that would make the corridor an attractive investment opportunity. Approximately 15 members of the community attended the discussion.

Audio recording of the roundtable discussion.
Roundtable discussion PowerPoint slides.

Workshop No. 1: Opportunities, Constraints, and Visioning

Workshop No. 1 took place on Monday, November 15, 2021 at the Encinitas Community and Senior Center, which included a presentation and involved an open house with interactive stations. Approximately 50 members of the community attended the event. Discussion topics included the overall project, it's schedule and process, land use, urban design, mobility (transportation), economics, and the public's overall vision for the corridor. The Opportunities and Constraints Memorandum is the companion document that provides a detailed analysis regarding the land use, urban design, mobility, and economics discussion topics from the workshop. 

Watch the November 15, 2021 workshop recording below.

Additional Workshop Information

Workshop PowerPoint Slides (English)
Diapositivas de PowerPoint del Taller No. 1 (Español)

Workshop No. 1 Exhibits (English)
Exhibiciones del Taller No. 1 (Español)

Project Area Fact Sheet

Background Information

The City of Encinitas is proceeding with a process to develop the El Camino Real Specific Plan, a plan that will reimagine possible future development within the El Camino Real corridor in Encinitas. The City is launching an initial survey to seek input from the community on the specific plan. The feedback received from the community will be reviewed by the project team and used to inform the plan. 

In March 2021, the Encinitas City Council unanimously approved $315,000 in funding for the development of the plan, adding to the $300,000 the City received from the California Housing and Community Development Department in November 2020. Now, the City is in the process of hiring a consultant to develop the specific plan with a focus on engaging residents during the process. The City plans to implement additional community surveys and presentations throughout the process in order to align the specific plan with the community’s overall vision for the area. 

“The City will be selecting a project consultant to prepare the specific plan in summer 2021. The input collected from the survey will give the project team a better understanding of our community’s needs and values for the El Camino Real corridor,” said City of Encinitas Councilmember Joe Mosca. “The City values hearing your feedback and is excited for the future development of the corridor.” 

Learn more about the El Camino Real Specific Plan 

El Camino Real Specific Plan Community Survey Results
(Survey Window: May 12, 2021 to June 2, 2021)

The City team conducted an online survey that was promoted to key stakeholders including El Camino Real residents, businesses, property owners, developers and HOAs. Additionally, the survey focused on topics of interest for individuals concerned with one or more of the following: mobility, traffic safety and transit options, housing in Encinitas, trails and parks, habitat preservation and the area’s history and culture.  Over 681 responses were received during the survey window and the results have been compiled into the Early Outreach Survey Report.

What’s a specific plan?  

Cities throughout California have what is called a general plan. The general plan acts as a blueprint or vision for development in a city. A specific plan implements the goals and policies of the general plan for a specific area or neighborhood within the community. 

Today, the El Camino Real corridor is the City’s busiest and most vibrant commercial corridor and serves as a major thoroughfare within the community. In the future, the City’s General Plan envisions more connection, and walkable areas throughout the City that support a mixture of land uses, including retail, office and neighborhood-friendly housing in the right locations. The development of a specific plan for the El Camino Real Corridor will help to provide the necessary development standards in order to further implement a blueprint for the community. 


Why is the specific plan needed?  

Development has occurred in the El Camino Real corridor steadily over time. Many buildings and existing land uses were developed before the City was incorporated in 1986 when there was no comprehensive plan to guide development. Real estate market conditions and the needs in the community have also changed. A specific plan is needed to help revitalize and preserve the long-term health of this important corridor in the Encinitas community. If the corridor does not adapt or evolve to meet these needs, the area is at risk for underutilization. This would result in a financial impact to the City, as the El Camino Real corridor provides important tax revenue for the City’s general fund, which is used to fund public safety and other critical programs and services to the community. 

“Through the specific plan development process, the City will work with the community to create a holistic plan that will allow the El Camino Real corridor to evolve in ways that meet Encinitas’ needs, now and in the future,” said Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear. “It’s important for the City to invest in the specific plan at a time when our community needs it the most. Projects like this not only will improve mobility, neighborhood connectivity and the quality of life for our community members, but will contribute to our long-term economic vitality as well.”