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.
Critics of the update say their proposals will create traffic that will overrun residential neighborhoods, and cause public safety problems.
Here’s a guide to the fight over agriculture in the sometimes posh, sometimes provincial North County community.
We Stand Up For You. Will You Stand Up For Us?
The assumption that people know what they are doing in regards to agricultural activities and will be able to manage the negatives (insect populations, odors, runoff, pesticide use or non use, etc) are going to be a pandoras box of issues for encinitas.
"In 2014, neighbors of an Encinitas farm filed complaints with the city, saying the farm caused too much traffic in a residential area... The neighbors in an adjacent cul-de-sac said cars sometimes entered driveways and parked near their homes to get to Coral Tree Farm’s fruit stand..."
This is why Coral Tree Farm needs fruit stands in every neighborhood, so people can walk to the one in their own neighborhood instead of driving to the one in that Encinitas neighborhood. Unfortunately, this isn't the kind of lesson that planners are normally capable of learning. They tend to favor laws over liberty.