The coastal city of Encinitas announced Thursday it is now in compliance with state-mandated requirements to facilitate development of affordable housing, avoiding a loss of grant funding.
Encinitas and over 40 other California cities were singled out earlier this year by Gov. Gavin Newsom, who later met with Encinitas Mayor Catherine Blakespear to address the housing affordability crisis in California.
The city’s Proposition A, approved in 2013, forced zoning changes to be put to a public vote, and a number of plans for affordable housing were defeated. Then in December, a Superior Court judge ordered the city to develop a plan for affordable housing within 120 days.
Since then the city has gained the California Coastal Commission’s approval of its coastal development plan, and the California Department of Housing and Community Development‘s OK on new plan to encourage development of affordable housing.
“This is a great achievement for our city,” said Blakespear. “Encinitas will continue to work diligently to implement our housing element programs to promote housing for all economic segments.”