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Case Study
Sanderling Waldorf
The Challenge
As a growing charter school in the San Diego area, Sanderling Waldorf set out to develop a vacant plot of land in Encinitas to construct their newest campus. They went before the Encinitas Planning Commission in March of 2019 and the project received approval. However, local opponents of the project began to emerge and raised concern over an increase in traffic and potentially endangered birds. Madaffer stepped in to help the school navigate the next steps to approval.
Our Strategy

Madaffer Enterprises launched a vast campaign to gain positive favor for the development. Throughout the entire project, Madaffer coordinated extensive community outreach efforts along with City Councilmember meetings to present Sanderling’s project and enhancements. The team also worked with Sanderling to cultivate a petition of support around the school to show the city that this project had citizens who not only approved but desired this development. Additionally, Sanderling Waldorf addressed the concerns of residents through traffic mitigation and EIR reports.

The Result

In June of 2020, representatives for Sanderling Waldorf, along with opponents, finally went before the Encinitas City Council, virtually. After almost four hours, the City Council unanimously voted 5-0 to approve the project. Next, Sanderling Waldorf will go before the Coastal Commission for final approval before the end of 2020.

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