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Help to save Crest Drive

On Aug. 15, the Encinitas City Council will hear arguments against City Engineering Department mandates for curb, gutter and pedestrian walkway on Crest Drive, a rural residential subdivision of one-acre lots within old Encinitas.In the proposed single family home, the city originally asked for 8 feet of concrete pavers with curbs 450 feet long and a 5 foot walkway, eliminating 13 feet of natural landscaping and threatening old growth trees and vegetation along Crest Drive.

All the land adjacent to the pavement would also need to be removed and graded down to the level of the street, thereby widening the street by over 26 feet when both sides are complete.

The City Engineering Department stated, “ Our goal is to have curb, gutter and sidewalk on every home in Encinitas.”

Furthermore, the Superintendent of the Parks and Recreation Dept. stated, “The old growth trees along Crest Drive are compromised because of the power lines, therefore it is OK if they are removed.”

The implementation of these seemingly arbitrary rules (normally associated with a new subdivision) will eventually result in the generic appearance we see across the country.

The imposition of city right of way improvements on individual homeowners as well as Parks and Recreation’s incomplete explanation on its Crest Drive tree removal policy, have raised more than a few eyebrows with Crest residents and supporters determined to preserve the unique and historic character of their community.

In an effort to impede this seemingly senseless destruction to our oxygen producing vegetation, a “Save Crest Drive” petition has been implemented. To date more than 400 residents have signed a petition in support of this worthy cause.

We don’t understand the benefit the city would get from this. With so many people opposed throughout Encinitas, it would be a win, win, for the City to re-evaluate and leave our neighborhoods the way we want, not some Engineers personal preference. We have appealed the engineers finding to our City Council members for a final determination. We are optimistic the Council will assist in helping preserve our trees and vegetation thus maintaining the Community Character we love.

Please join me at the City Council meeting next Wednesday at 6 p.m. and help support this worthy cause in keeping Encinitas, the way it was. A presence in numbers will help to get our point across.

Kevin Farrell is an Encinitas resident and founder of Farrell Design Assoc. Inc.



Other Honey Badger August 10, 2012 at 9:49 am

ALL trees are supposed to be protected under our Current General Plan! There is no reason given for why they need walkways and gutters, but I would propose that there is one that they aren’t telling you.

The City wants to create the environment for high-density housing by ‘improving’ roads–like the $60,000 that we paid consultants for plans for ‘improving’ Manchester, and the multiple traffic circles, each costing $1 million, that allow for traffic to keep flowing. This is a strategy to take traffic off the table as a consideration under CEQA Law so as to pave the way for developers to place their high density on lots with 1 house. The Planning Department has said that they will identify 1 acre parcels with 1 house as ‘underutalized,’ so that they can apply the highest density of development–30 PLUS, which really means 45 units per acre.

Crest citizens, your neighborhood, home value, and way of life is under attack! If a developer snatches up a parcel on your street, they will try to sneak in 45 units per acre. All it takes is 1 or 2 of these, and your entire neighborhood will be changed forever!

Crest is just one more neighborhood that they want to invade and ruin with high density at the expense of the people who love their neighborhood and want to keep it the way it is!

Someone wants to make money and sap value from a beautiful street and a tightl knit community of friends and neighbors!

I recommend that those who live in this area file complaints against the City Engineers with the State. Enginneers are supposed to be honest and infomed by facts. Their decisions of the years are nothing short of shocking. All of them have licenses that we can attack, so I encourage all people who have suffered from their work to file complaints!

Olivier August 9, 2012 at 11:40 pm

That’s a nice street with beautiful street. Don’t touch it. Where do I sign the petition?

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