Special Public Meeting of the City Council and Housing Element Task Force

This Saturday, December 16, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. is your opportunity to speak! The City Council and Housing Task Force will hold a discussion regarding the Housing Element Update and associated analysis to achieve a state certified Housing Element at the Encinitas Community Center at 1140 Oakcrest Park Drive. They have invited the public to the meeting also know as a housing workshop.

After the failure of Measure T on the 2016 ballot, that following November 16 of 2016, the City Council approved the formation of a Housing Element Subcommittee comprised of Mayor Blakespear and Council Member Kranz to work with the community, the City Attorney, outside Attorneys, City Staff and the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) to discuss a path forward in order to develop a state compliant housing element.  A Housing Element Task Force was also formed to assist in reaching the committee's goals. 

The no vote on the measure was a vote against the proposal to change municipal housing law in compliance with state housing law and in order to encourage the construction of more affordable housing.

The public is welcome and encouraged to attend the Housing Element Task Force meetings for it is your opportunity to speak.

The City had begun work to update the Housing Plan to ensure that Encinitas is prepared to meet the future housing needs of our community.  Visit the project website for basic and up-to-date information about the project.  Click here to review the City's 2013-2021 Draft Housing Plan and the Sustainable Mixed Use Places Housing Strategy Map. 

At this special meeting, the City Council and the Task Force will consider potential sites that have been identified for various housing options, along with a discussion on state law changes and their impact on Encinitas. Residents will have the opportunity to provide comment and listen in on the discussion.

The housing plan or technically called a “housing element,” is anticipated to be placed on the November 2018 ballot.  Once adopted, the housing element will become the “blueprint” for city planners and will outline what type of housing units can be built where.

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