La Costa Boutique Hotel Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
City of Encinitas
Document Title
La Costa Boutique Hotel Project
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
Previous Ag. Use, currently vacant. Zoned: Visitor Serving Commercial
Document Description
DM La Costa Avenue LLC (Applicant) proposes the La Costa Boutique Hotel Project (Project), which includes the processing of a Minor Use Permit, Design Review Permit, and Coastal Development Permit. The existing 1.18-acre Project site is completely disturbed and consists of a parking area and a few shed structures previously used for a plant nursery that is no longer in business. The Project includes the construction of a 12,434-square-foot boutique hotel consisting of 17 hotel rooms across nine detached bungalow structures, a full-service public restaurant, outdoor pool with pool deck, four outdoor spas, and 41 parking spaces, including 6 EV parking spaces. The site also includes 4 motorcycle parking spaces, 1 loading space and 2 bicycle parking spaces. A majority of the landscaping proposed will be native and require minimal water throughout the facility. Entry to and from the property will take place from La Costa Avenue and includes a 330-foot-long driveway within the property. The project will comply with the City’s Green Building Ordinance (GBO) 2022-14 that went into effect January 1, 2023, for new non-residential buildings which surpass the 2022 CalGreen Tier 1 and Tier 2 mandatory and voluntary requirements. Additionally, it will be required to comply with all Building Codes upon submittal of construction plans. In compliance with applicable building regulations, the project will install four parking spaces with Level 2 electric vehicle charging equipment, which accounts for 9.7 percent of the parking spaces planned onsite. The project also proposes an additional six EVSE spaces and will include the installation of an additional 19kWdc solar PV for a total of 38kW for the project. On June 14, 2023, in response to the Ninth Circuit’s ruling in California Restaurant Association v. City of Berkeley, Encinitas City Council temporarily suspended EMC 23.12.110.B and EMC 23.12.110.C, which regulates the use of fuel gas infrastructure in new buildings. As a result, the applicant is proposing the use of natural gas for the Project including the hotel and restaurant uses. The Minor Use Permit would be placed over one parcel (APN: 216-030-48), while an adjacent parcel (APN: 216-030-10) would support an offsite 8-inch emergency overflow pipe to discharge to a drainage inlet. The Project will also include public road and infrastructure improvements such as undergrounding existing utility poles, striping on La Costa Avenue, and upgrading the existing water main from Sheridan Road to the Project frontage. The Project site is located in the VSC (Visitor Serving Commercial) Zone and within the Cultural Natural Resources Overlay Zone, Scenic/Visual Corridor Overlay Zone and within the Coastal Commission appeal jurisdiction of the Coastal Zone. This land use and zoning designation is intended to support visitor serving uses.

Contact Information

Andrew Maynard
Agency Name
City of Encinitas
Job Title
Senior Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Diego
Cross Streets
La Costa Avenue and Seabreeze Court
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
1-5; Highway 101
Capri Elementary School
Pacific Ocean; Batiquitos Lagoon

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Coastal Commission (CCC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marin Region 7 (CDFW), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 11 (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Diego Region 9 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality
Development Types
Commercial (Sq. Ft. 12434, Acres 1.18, Employees 20)
Local Actions
Site Plan, Use Permit, Coastal Permit
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Air Quality, Coastal Zone, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Noise, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form

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