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Coastal Commission backs Leucadia Streetscape project, denies opponents' appeal

Coastal Commission backs Leucadia Streetscape project, denies opponents' appeal

Encinitas can proceed with its plans to overhaul Leucadia's portion of Coast Highway 101 and eliminate a vehicle lane in each direction, the state Coastal Commission decided Thursday, Oct. 11.

The commissioners unanimously voted to deny an appeal filed by the Encinitas Residents Coalition and other Leucadia Streetscape project opponents, and they agreed to allow the city to amend a coastal planning document in order to make the roadway lane reduction legally possible.

"We saw this as an important milestone -- you have to get the Coastal Commission's approval to do a project like this," Mayor Catherine Blakespear said in a phone interview after the...

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