N. Highway 101 Leucadia Streetscape Improvements Project

Phase: Project Design


Segment A (A Street to Basil Street) $7,776,000
Segment B (Bail Street to Jupiter Street) $9,720,000
Segment C (Jupiter Street to La Costa Avenue) $8,424,000
Segment D (La Costa Avenue Intersection Map) $2,010,624
TOTAL $27,930,624


Contact: Stephanie Kellar, Engineer, (760) 633-2839, [email protected]

Location: North Coast Highway 101, between A Street and La Costa Avenue

Project Description

As one of the City Council’s high priority projects, in early 2008 the City initiated a streetscape project, commonly known as Leucadia Streetscape, to enhance the North Coast Highway 101 corridor. Community input has been utilized to create a concept plan for beautification, landscape, pedestrian, circulation, traffic management, and parking improvements for an approximately 2.5-mile stretch of North Coast Highway 101 (A Street to La Costa Avenue).   The project includes sidewalk, curb, gutter, enhanced crosswalks, raised medians, roundabouts, bike lanes, increased parking options, pubic art, and landscaping elements.

As directed by Council, staff initiated the required discretionary permit process which includes a Design Review Permit, Coastal Development Permit and an amendment to the General Plan, Local Coastal Program and the North 101 Corridor Specific Plan (N101SP).  North Coast Highway 101 is classified as a Major Arterial (four-lane roadway) in the Circulation Element of the City of Encinitas General Plan and depicted in cross sections of the N101SP as a four-lane roadway.  Given the three lane configuration for Plan 4A, an amendment to the General Plan and N101SP roadway classifications are deemed appropriate.  As the General Plan and N101SP are components of the Local Coastal Program, an amendment to the Local Coastal Program has been submitted to the California Coastal Commission.

Next Steps

The project is managed by the Capital Improvement Section of the Development Services Department. The preliminary design phase of work is completed, and 30% level plans for the entire Streetscape corridor have been developed. The 60% design plans for Segment A are complete, and 60% plans for all segments (A, B, C, D) are anticipated to be complete in February, 2019.  

At their October 11, 2018, meeting, the California Coastal Commission (CCC) approved, with modifications, the North Coast Highway 101 Streetscape - Local Coastal Plan Amendment (LCPA). The modifications were presented to City Council (Ordinance 2018-16) on November 14, 2018, and approved by City Council on November 28, 2018. The LCPA has been submitted to the CCC for final concurrence, and is to be a part of their February agenda.

Project Background and Information

Chronologically arranged information about the North Coast Highway 101 Streetscape capital improvement project. Includes draft documents and reports, exhibits, photographs, public notices of workshops and hearings, city staff reports, and other background information related to the design and permit process.

June 5, 2018
The City submitted additional materials, as requested by California Coastal Commission staff, for the review of the North Coast Highway 101 Streetscape Project.

April 27, 2018
The City submitted a Local Coastal Plan Amendment (LCPA), as a part of the Leucadia North Coast Highway 101 Streetscape Project, to the California Coastal Commission for review and certification. Please click the links below to view the submittal material:

     Agenda Report & Resolution
     Environmental Impact Report, Volume I
     Environmental Impact Report, Volume II
     Environmental Impact Report, Volume III
     Resolution, MMRP
     Ordinance 2018-05
     Planning Commission Resolutions
     Public Workshop Summary
     Public Correspondence
     Art Program
     Plans, part 1
     Plans, part 2
     Plans, part 3
     Existing Trees Exhibit

  • Planning Commission Material - March 1, 2018

     Planning Commission Agenda & Public Notice
     Planning Commission Agenda Report, part 1
     Planning Commission Agenda Report, part 2
     Planning Commission Agenda Report, part 3
     Planning Commission Agenda Report, part 4

March 28, 2018 
Filing of Notice of Determination

March 21, 2018
A City Council hearing to consider the final Leucadia Streetscape project Design Review Permit, Coastal Development Permit, amendments to the General Plan, North 101 Corridor Specific Plan and Local Coastal Program, and Environmental Impact Report with associated findings of facts, Statement of Overriding Consideration, and Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program. A second reading is scheduled for April 18, 2018.     Agenda Report (See Item 10A)

March 1, 2018
The Planning Commission unanimously provided a recommendation to City Council to approve the Design Review Permit and Coastal Development Permit, certify the Environmental Impact Report, adopt the findings of facts, adopt the Statement of Overriding Considerations and adopt the Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program, and adopt the Ordinance amending the General Plan, North 101 Corridor Specific Plan and Local Coastal Program.     Agenda Report (See Item 8A)

February 2018
Final Environmental Impact Report released

March 2017
Recirculated Draft Environmental Impact Report released for public comment.

December, 2016
Draft Environmental Impact Report released for public comment. The comment period closed on January 16, 2017.

October 8, 2015
The City hosted an Environmental Impact Report Scoping and Citizen Participation Meetings, held back-to-back at the Encinitas Community and Senior Center. The meeting included the presentation of proposed revisions to the project for off-street parking areas and a crosswalk at the southern leg of the Leucadia Blvd/North Coast Highway 101 intersection. The meeting also included an opportunity for the public to provide input and/or comments on the scope of the EIR. Draft 30% Plans were provided at the meeting for public review.

Notice of Preparation Comment Period Ended 6:00 PM on Thursday, October 29, 2015; due to the time limits mandated by state law, public input and responses for the EIR scope are no longer being accepted after this date.

The EIR prepared for the proposed project analyzed the environmental effects of the project and focused on aesthetics, hydrology/water quality, land use, public services and facilities, and transportation/circulation. Other required sections of CEQA were addressed including cumulative impacts and project alternatives.

April 8, 2015
City staff presented an update to City Council at their regularly scheduled meeting. City Council authorized staff to move forward with a refined Plan 4A concept plan.     Agenda Report

June 5, 2014
Open House Exhibits: The City hosted an informational open house at the Encinitas Library, providing an opportunity for the community to learn how the concept level plans approved in 2010 are being transformed into engineering plans that will be utilized for the construction of Phase 1 of the streetscape project.  Please click on the links below to view the exhibits provided at the workshop:

September 11, 2013
City Council authorized the Director of Engineering & Public Works to enter into agreement with RBF Consulting to provide professional design services for Refined Phase 1 of the North Coast Highway 101 Streetscape Project, which also includes the roundabout at La Costa Avenue. Design efforts and engineering plans are being prepared in order to initiate the environmental phase of work.

The City completed the irrigation and planting of 101 trees along the North Coast Highway 101 Corridor.

December 15, 2010
At the City Council Meeting, staff presented phasing options for a Refined Phase 1 of the project plan, which includes all project elements along North Coast Highway 101, between A Street and North Court.  Refined Phase 1 also includes a roundabout at El Portal, as well as a roundabout at La Costa Avenue, with focus on walkability, the tree canopy, and traffic calming measures.  Council directed staff to move forward with implementation of the Refined Phase 1 for the improvements associated with Plan 4A for the North Coast Highway 101 Streetscape Project as summarized below. Council also directed that the initial tree plantings be increased to 101 trees.     Agenda Report     Video     Phasing Plan

Phasing Improvement Chart


A Street to North Court Implement/construct all the improvements associated with the approved concept plan/Alternative 4A from A Street to North Court.
La Costa Roundabout Construct the roundabout at La Costa Avenue.

Hawk Pedestrian Crossings
Install the infrastructure to accommodate the future Hawk Pedestrian Crossing signals concurrent with construction of any other improvements.
Road Diet Striping Stripe the Northbound Traffic lanes with a Road Diet – extending from North Court to Bishop’s Gate (Sea Bluff entrance).
Tree Plantings Provide tree plantings and irrigation systems where possible without conflicting with future phases of work.
Grandview Avenue Roundabout Initiate discussions with NCTD to obtain authorization for encroachment into NCTD right-of-way.


January 13, 2010 
The project was presented to the City Council on January 13, 2010.  Staff and the project consultant gave an overview of the entire process, the project plan alternatives, emergency response and the traffic analysis. Dan Burden, a walkable communities and project facilitation expert, was also in attendance to present traffic calming concepts and design criteria.  Council directed staff to move forward with Plan 4A as the preferred alternative and initiate the required discretionary permit process including an amendment to the General Plan, Local Coastal Program and the N101SP.  Council also directed staff to evaluate the project phasing and return with a refined Phase 1 that focuses on walkability, the tree canopy, and traffic calming measures.     Agenda Report     Video

Concept Plans 


Environmental Impact Reports (Draft, Recirculated Draft & Final)

Final EIR (February 2018)

Volume I

Volume II

Volume III

Recirculated Draft EIR (March 2017) 

Draft EIR (December 2016)

Additional Reference Materials

ATP - Before & After Section Illustrations