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Upcoming Public Outreach Events

The El Camino Real Specific Plan Advisory Task Force meeting scheduled for November 21, 2022 from 4 PM to 6 PM in the Poinsettia Room at City Hall has been CANCELLED. The meeting will be rescheduled to a future date.

Past Public Outreach Events

ECR Task Force Meeting

On Saturday October 8th, the El Camino Real Specific Plan Advisory Task Force and City staff conducted a walkabout along El Camino Real to discuss topics such as: streetscape, walkability, public amenities, building placement and orientation, landscaping, creek restoration, height, utilities, signage, and parking. Members of the public who attended the walkabout had the opportunity to discuss these topics with a focus on how they would like to see the corridor improved in the future. Approximately 20 members of the public joined the group for an approximate 1.5-mile walk with four stops planned along the route to discuss the topics and their observations. Members of the public who were unable to attend may also participate in their own walkabout utilizing the handout below and may provide comments back to City staff. 

ECR Task Force Walkabout Handout

Public Scoping Meeting and Notice of Preparation (NOP) of Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR)

An open house public scoping meeting was held on August 30, 2022 at City Hall in the Poinsettia Room. The purpose of the public scoping period is to solicit input and comments from public agencies and the general public regarding the environmental content to be analyzed within the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the El Camino Real Specific Plan. Interested parties were able to submit written comments on the content for the scope of the EIR by 6:00 PM on Wednesday, September 14, 2022 at the latest due to the time limits mandated by state law.
Public Notice
Open House Public Scoping Exhibits
What is CEQA, an NOP, and an EIR?
NOP Public Scoping Comments

ECR Task Force Meeting 

The task force met for an in-person meeting at City Hall in the Poinsettia Room on September 13, 2022 from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. The Task Force had the opportunity to discuss the public scoping for the Notice of Preparation (NOP) regarding the content and topics that should be analyzed within the Environmental Impact Report.  
Audio Recording

ECR Task Force Meeting 

The second meeting of the task force took place at City Hall in the Poinsettia Room on August 2, 2022. The Task Force received a summary of Workshop No. 2 public feedback, the vision statements for the corridor, and provided input on the draft preferred design alternatives in conjunction with the proposed mixed-use overlay and potential street design for the corridor. 
Audio Recording
Workshop No. 2 Summary Report (Includes Vision)
DRAFT Preferred Design Alternatives

Workshop No. 2: Design Alternatives

The El Camino Real Specific Plan Workshop No. 2 took place on June 20, 2022 at the Encinitas Community and Senior Center. Approximately 60 members of the public attended the workshop. The purpose of the workshop is to gain community input on preferred development types and site designs that will inform the recommendations in the Specific Plan. The workshop provided hands-on exercises to inform the urban design of future development within the corridor, with draft design concepts presented, and provided the public with a Workshop No. 1 Summary. An interactive online activity was also made available for the public to continue to provide their input until July 15, 2022. Additionally, the City conducted four pop-up style events at the local farmer's market and specific sites throughout the corridor the week of July 10 to July 15, 2022. 

Workshop No. 2 Presentation
Workshop No. 2 Exhibits

ECR Task Force Meeting 

On May 11, 2022, the Encinitas City Council directed staff to create a nine member advisory task force. The Task Force shall review and guide the development of the Specific Plan which includes the following various tasks:

  • Review the existing conditions and work completed to date;
  • Review and comment on the goals, objectives and policies for the plan; and
  • Review and comment on the land use, circulation, and development and design standards. 

The first meeting of the task force to introduce the members to the project and work completed to date was held virtually on June 7, 2022.


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. 

Workshop No. 1 Summary Report

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)

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.”