To address changes in California State legislation, a changing regional context and forecasted future growth, the City of Encinitas is updating its Circulation Element, also known as the Mobility Element. The Mobility Element Update will provide a long-term blueprint that guides transportation decision making, plans for diverse modes and mobility options, envisions future mobility improvements, and includes updated goals, policies, and multi-modal networks. The Mobility Element Update will revise the City’s existing Circulation Element policies to account for changes made to state law with the recent development of several mode-specific, strategic, community and neighborhood plans to create one, cohesive mobility framework. The Update will also include changes to the City’s roadway classifications through analysis of vehicle miles traveled (VMT) thresholds per SB 743, and metrics such as safety, bicycle, and pedestrian level of comfort (LOC), and trips-by-mode share.
This Mobility Element Update will include the reclassification of roadways as seen in Figure 3. The MEU will also consider separate recent planning documents, including the Encinitas Climate Action Plan (CAP), Coastal Mobility and Livability Study (CMLS), Rail Corridor Vision Study (RCVS), Active Transportation Plan (ATP), Modal Alternatives Plan (MAP), and the El Camino Real Specific Plan (ECRSP).
The objectives of the Mobility Element Update are:
1. Improve the safety, interconnectivity, accessibility, and comfort of all multi-modal corridors to maximize the number of trips made by foot, transit, micro-mobility and bicycle to schools, parks, neighborhoods, the coast, and shopping areas.
2. Provide for, expand, and sustain a mix of transportation modes that meets the existing and future transportation needs of all Encinitas residents and visitors, and minimizes impacts to the community and environmental character.
3. Promote a long-term, coordinated program that provides standards and/or direction for improvements to the public-right of-way to enhance the identity of specific areas and create street design solutions to accommodate all modes of travel.
4. Update existing classifications and overlays within the Mobility Element so that the Encinitas circulation network responds to the present and future circulation needs of all users.
5. Consolidate existing and new policies in its various mode-specific, strategic, community and neighborhood plans, (including the CAP, Coastal Mobility and Livability Study (CMLS), Rail Corridor Vision Study (RCVS) and the Active Transportation Plan (ATP), etc.), into one cohesive citywide framework.