El Camino Real Specific Plan


SCH Number
Lead Agency
City of Encinitas
Document Title
El Camino Real Specific Plan
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
General Plan: Office Professional, General Commercial, and Public/Semi-Public (P/SP). Zoning: Office Professional, General Commercial, Residential-30 Overlay, and Public/Semi-Public (P/SP).
Document Description
The El Camino Real Specific Plan (ECRSP; project) is located within the City of Encinitas (City), which is an approximately 19.6-square-mile City located along approximately 6 miles of Pacific Ocean coastline in the northern portion of San Diego County. The ECRSP Specific Plan Area (SPA) encompasses approximately 228 acres, covering the geographic area along El Camino Real from roughly Encinitas Boulevard to the south to Olivenhain Road to the north. Moving north to south, the eastern boundary of the SPA consists of the east side of the El Camino Real right-of-way (ROW) and the commercial land uses, where it then runs the parcel line split between residential land uses to the east and commercial land uses to the west, south to the shopping center anchored by LA Fitness at 201 South El Camino Real. The shopping center anchored by LA Fitness establishes the southern boundary south of Encinitas Boulevard and east of El Camino Real, while the shopping center anchored by Sprouts at 1327 Encinitas Boulevard establishes the southern boundary west of El Camino Real. The southwestern boundary includes the Tesla car dealership at 1302 Encinitas Boulevard. Moving south to north, the western boundary follows the parcel lines separating the commercial shopping centers to the east and the residential uses to the west, until it reaches the mobile home park and turns east, excluding these mobile homes from the SPA. The western boundary follows the west side of the El Camino Real ROW northward to just beyond Leucadia Boulevard/Olivenhain Road to the northern Specific Plan boundary, with the exception of extending westward to include the U.S. Post Office off Garden View Road. The project includes adoption of the ECRSP. The purpose of the ECRSP is to provide a framework to guide future site-specific development and improvements within the corridor. The ECRSP does not propose any changes to underlying land use allowances within the corridor. A key goal of the ECRSP is to support revitalization of the SPA through implementation of streetscape improvements and implementation of objective design standards that would ensure future site-specific development and redevelopment achieve the land use vision and design objectives intended for the SPA. As detailed in the implementation section of the ECRSP, the following types of projects would be required to demonstrate consistency with the ECRSP: • All buildings, grading, landscaping, or construction projects requiring a permit, with exception to projects listed as exempt in Section 23.08.030B of the City’s Municipal Code and projects that receive exemptions to certain development standards through State housing legislation; • Rezoning; and • Public Works Projects. The ECRSP establishes objective design standards to ensure future site-specific development and redevelopment complies with the City’s design standards. While the ECRSP and City allowable land uses support commercial, office professional, and public/semi-public land uses, future residential development that relies on state housing legislation may occur within the SPA. While future potential housing implemented under state housing law is outside the scope of this project, the ECRSP objective design standards would apply to all development, including housing, except where in conflict with applicable State legislation. The ECRSP identifies goals and objectives related to land use, urban design, parks and open space, streetscape, transportation, and sustainable infrastructure that would set the foundation for future site-specific development and redevelopment within the SPA.

Contact Information

Melinda Dacey
Agency Name
City of Encinitas
Job Title
Housing Services Manager
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant

Nick Larkin
Agency Name
RECON Environmental, Inc.
Job Title
Senior Project Manager
Contact Types
Consulting Firm


San Diego
Cross Streets
El Camino Real crosses numerous streets in the Specific Plan Area (SPA)
Total Acres
State Highways
I-5 and SR-1
Batiquitos Lagoon
13 S
San Bern
Other Location Info
Section 2, 11, 14

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 Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), 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 San Diego River Conservancy (SDRC), 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, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights
Development Types
Other (No development proposed yet. In progress), Transportation:Other (Streetscape Improvements)
Local Actions
Specific Plan
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Growth Inducement, Land Use/Planning, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Schools/Universities, Sewer Capacity, Solid Waste, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form

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