ENCINITAS — A rustic street not far from San Dieguito High School Academy can retain its rural charm, the Encinitas City Council said, as it voted against a proposal to improve the street in connection to the development of a new home.
Residents along Wotan Drive breathed a sigh of relief and applauded the City Council’s unanimous decision to keep the street unchanged, despite a city requirement that would prompt street improvements such as a sidewalk installation, street widening and the provision of an on-street parking space.
The council agreed that the provisions would be inconsistent with the character of the existing street.
“Some decisions at the City Council are difficult; this one was easy,” Councilwoman Catherine Blakespear wrote in her newsletter this week. “Our city’s older sections should be allowed to maintain their rural charm. This is the essence of community character.”
More than 80 residents along Wotan signed a petition requesting the city designate Wotan as a “non-improvement” street much akin to nearby Crest Drive, a much longer street that the city also decided to leave in its rural state.
Several of the residents spoke at the Aug. 24 council meeting and implored the city to leave Wotan Drive unimproved, arguing that homes had ample on-site parking, which eliminated the need for any on-street improvements that would clash with the rest of the neighborhood.