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.