Solana Beach designates funds to study proposed I-5 expansion

Solana Beach officials have earmarked $85,000 from the city’s general fund to study the draft environmental impact report for a proposed expansion of Interstate 5 between La Jolla and Oceanside, released earlier this month by Caltrans.

The City Council approved the funding designation on July 14, and City Manager David Ott said he doubts all of that money will be needed, but wants to be sure enough is available to pay various consultants and respond to the report.

Council members also discussed what they would do to prepare for a public meeting Caltrans has planned for Aug. 24 in the Skyline Elementary School Activity Room.

Prior to that meeting the Clean and Green Committee plans to host a meeting at the Solana Beach Presbyterian Church and prepare the public to respond to the report.
The council hopes to videotape the Aug. 24 meeting and expressed concern about a message from Caltrans Project Manager Arturo Jacobo that asked that the meeting not be taped.

The public has until Oct. 7 to respond to Caltrans’ proposed EIR.

Solana Beach resident and Clean and Green member Lane Sharman thanked the council for the decision, adding “You have a legal obligation to prepare a legal response to this.”

Community center cleared
At its July 14 meeting, the council unanimously approved the construction of phases 1 and 2 for the renovation of the Fletcher Cove Community Center.

The California Coastal Commission approved the plans the week before, clearing the way for the city to begin construction and for the Solana Beach Foundation to ramp up its fundraising for the next phases.

In other business
- The council approved an agreement to negotiate exclusively with Hitzke Development Corporation for the construction of an affordable housing project at a city owned property in the 500 block of South Sierra Avenue, currently used as a parking lot.

- The council delayed a resolution to restripe the parking spaces in front of the post office and Las Brisas on South Sierra Avenue. The council asked that more research be done and that the homeowners association at Surfsong be consulted before a decision is made.

- Parking on South Cedros, between Lomas Santa Fe Drive and approximately 300 feet north of Marsolan, where two-hour parking is currently posted will be changed to three-hour parking spaces.

- The council approved plans to establish three new ad hoc committees: general plan update, 25th anniversary planning, and fire department management governance and organizational evaluation.

Mayor Tom Campbell and Councilman Mike Nichols were appointed to the general plan update committee; council members Lesa Heebner and Joe Kellejian were appointed to the 25th anniversary committee; Kellejian and Councilman Dave Roberts were appointed to the fire department committee.

Related posts:

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  2. Solana Beach extends public review time for land use fee study
  3. Fair board hears public’s concern about proposed expansion
  4. Concerns linger at major intersection in Solana Beach
  5. A tale of two futures

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