The struggle to preserve a community’s heritage as it undergoes suburbanization is playing out in the coastal town of Encinitas.
Green-thumbed residents and city leaders say that Encinitas has become unfriendly to agriculture. At the same time, though, that same group wants people to connect to their food sources, including making it easier for people to raise goats and chickens at home.
A multi-year effort to update Encinitas’ agricultural regulations took a turn recently, when a City Council subcommittee backed off two major provisions to make that happen.
Councilman Tony Kranz and Deputy Mayor Catherine Blakespear comprise the Council subcommittee and say they’re trying to promote localized agriculture and balance the city’s pastime with its suburban values.