By: Aaron Burgin
ENCINITAS — A long-awaited plan to drastically transform Leucadia’s section of Coast Highway 101 cleared a critical hurdle on March 21, as the City Council voted to approve the project’s environmental documents, permits and plans.
The council voted 4-1 to advance the project, known as the “Leucadia Streetscape,” including the environmental impact report, which required the council to adopt a statement that states the benefits of the project outweigh some of its drawbacks, including slower traffic along Coast Highway 101.
Mark Muir voted against the proposal.
Council members also decided to look for ways to pay for the project in a single phase, rather than in multiple phases as is currently planned.
The project will dramatically transform the stretch of 101 into a bicycle-, pedestrian- and transit-friendly enclave complete with six roundabout intersections.
Streetscape plans call for six roundabouts between A Street and La Costa Avenue, bike lanes, pedestrian paths and crosswalks, bus facilities, on- and off-street parking, and the planting of more than 1,000 trees to restore the street’s famed tree canopy.
At least 80 of the nearly 400 mature trees — mostly eucalyptus — will be cut down as a result of the project, but officials said the addition of 1,000 trees more than makes up for it. Those trees, however, will be a mix of different variety and sizes, meaning the canopy will look different.
The project has been in the works for a decade, and supporters said that Leucadia deserved to hear the council say “yes” after years of delay.
“Now is the time, it is time to bring this project to fruition,” resident Steve Camarillo said. “You are about to create a legacy; you are about to create magic.”
The project has been somewhat controversial and divided in terms of support and opposition mainly based on geography. A number of residents west of Coast Highway 101 spoke against the project, which they said would push traffic onto streets like Neptune Avenue, La Veta Avenue, La Mesa Avenue and Melrose Avenue.
“Our quality of life on La Mesa Avenue will be directly and significantly impacted by decisions made on the Leucadia Streetscape,” Christine Wagner said.
Doug Fiske, in a nine-minute rebuke of the project, pointed out that the project was different from the original proposal, which included two lanes of traffic in each direction and five roundabouts. The current iteration calls for a single traffic lane in each direction of Coast Highway 101 and up to six roundabouts.
Opponents pointed to the fact that despite the measures spelled out in the environmental impact report to lessen the impact of traffic along the corridor, motorists would still face worse traffic conditions than if the project weren’t in place by 2035. This required the city to adopt what is known as a statement of overriding considerations along with the certification of the environmental impact report.
Councilman Tony Kranz said he believed that the project would work because similar projects have been successful throughout the county.
“Lane diets have proven to work in the past in other parts of the county, there is an effect on the psychology of drivers, and we want to take advantage of that and do what we can to make it better for the residents,” Kranz said.
At some point during his speech, a person from the crowd interrupted Kranz, saying, “In 20 years we will be saying, ‘What were we thinking?’“
“In 20 years, our kids and grandkids will be enjoying the 101 and will appreciate the fact that we had the vision to adopt this EIR and continue on with this project,” Kranz responded.
Source: Coast News
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By Marian McPherson
Houzz today released the results of its 2018 Kitchen Trends study, which revealed that homeowners are obsessed with clutter-free countertops (75 percent), ingenious storage options (66 percent) and easy recycling (49 percent).
Sixty-three percent of homeowners said adequate storage was the most important feature in a kitchen, followed by the need for space to easily work, play and live (38 percent), entertain (32 percent) and clean (32 percent).
In order to create the kitchen of their dreams, homeowners are spending up to $42,000 to install pull-out waste or recycling baskets (67 percent), cookie sheet/tray organizers (58 percent), revolving corner trays (44 percent), deep drawer organizers (42 percent) and pull- or swing-out trays and shelves (42 percent).
Homeowners are also paying quite a bit of attention to countertops, which is the most common upgrade (94 percent) and is often the item renovators are willing to spend a little extra cash on (42 percent).
When it comes to the material homeowners are choosing for their new, shiny countertops, granite is falling out of favor with a consecutive three-year decline in popularity (45, 41 and 34 percent in 2016, 2017 and 2018 studies, respectively).
Now, homeowners, especially those in suburban and urban areas, are turning their attention to engineered quartz (43 percent).
In the past year, 87 percent of homeowners decided to change their kitchen decor style, with transitional (25 percent) and contemporary (17 percent) styles leading in popularity among suburban and urban respondents. Moreover, 50 percent of remodelers adjusted their kitchen layout, with L-shape countertops (35 percent) outperforming the U-shape (26 percent).
“Our annual kitchen trends surveys reveal that consumer preferences for products, design, and technology vary not only across urban, suburban, and rural areas, but also evolve over time,” said Houzz principal economist Nino Sitchinava in a statement.
“Countertops in particular are having a real moment today as homeowners focus on decluttering surfaces for a sleek and tidy kitchen post-renovation.”
What else ruled kitchen trends?
- Bringing tech into the kitchen: The demand for TVs in the kitchen has fallen for the past three years (64 percent) since homeowners are gravitating toward home assistants such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home (22 percent) and wireless and voice-controlled kitchen appliances, which have been on the rise since 2016.
- White kitchens continue to rule: White is the predominant color for backsplashes (36 percent), countertops (27 percent) and wall finishes (24 percent), with each feature growing in popularity six percentage points year-over-year.
- Ditching hardwood for engineered wood: For the 73 percent of homeowners updating their flooring, 53 percent chose hardwood or wood-like materials. Although hardwood was the most popular (29 percent), its popularity has been on a downward slope since 2016. Meanwhile, the popularity of wood-like flooring, such as engineered wood or laminate, is on the rise (19, 21 and 24 percent, respectively).
- Shake it up: Fifty-seven percent of homeowners chose shaker-style cabinets, followed by flat-panel (18 percent) and raised-panel (17 percent) cabinets.
About the study
The 56-question survey gathered information from Houzz users who reported to be 18 years old or older and homeowners. Additionally, respondents were required to have completed a kitchen remodel or addition project in the previous 12 months, to be currently working on one, or planning to start one in the next three months.
The final sample consists of 1,734 respondents with a kitchen project. Additionally, in the instances of by-area reporting for kitchen projects, 309, 402, and 1,016 respondents fell in the urban, rural, and suburban segments, respectively.
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