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In-N-Out took another step toward opening in Encinitas with the Encinitas Planning Commission approving a major-use permit and coastal development permit. Courtesy image
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In-N-Out closer to opening in Encinitas after permits approved

ENCINITAS —In-N-Out Burger is poised to come to town after getting the green light from the Encinitas Planning Commission. 

The commission unanimously approved In-N-Out Burger’s application for a coastal development permit and a major-use permit at its March 21 meeting. If someone appeals the decision within 15 days of the meeting, the Encinitas City Council will vote on whether the popular hamburger chain can open the new location. It’s also subject to a Coastal Commission appeal. Otherwise, In-N-Out is set for Encinitas.

The restaurant has its sights on 130 Calle Magdalena, the spot where Del Taco is currently located. Del Taco would be demolished and construction would begin on a 3,700-square-foot In-N-Out with a drive through, a setup similar to other locations. Additionally, the menu would be the same as other In-N-Outs, according an In-N-Out representative at the meeting.

The representative said the goal is for the restaurant to debut by the end of the year.

City staff said the In-N-Out would increase traffic by an average of 944 daily trips in the area. Two residents at the meeting were worried that a swell of cars could choke up roads near In-N-Out.

“The concern of the church is the amount of traffic that would be generated onto Calle Magdalena, “ said Frankye Filteau, a representative from the San Dieguito United Methodist Church.

Linda O’Brien said that the city should complete a full traffic study. But city staff said a full-blown traffic study is only required if a location adds more than 1,000 daily trips to the area.

Several weeks ago, Carl Van Fleet, the vice president of planning and development for In-N-Out, said the hamburger chain has considered Encinitas for quite some time.

“It is a vibrant community and an area that we’ve had our eye on for many years,” Van Fleet said.