Carlsbad’s General Plan – Open Space & Parks
The city of Carlsbad is in the process of updating its General Plan. This occurs about every 10 years. The current revision cuts back on the long-term commitment of 40% open space. Even 2-3% less could mean a loss of 500-750 acres of open space. On July 15th the city of Carlsbad held a workshop to review public comments. Staff presented council with feedback to these comments. Click here for our rebuttal to many of their comments. Council did not give any directions to staff asking for changes after public comments at the workshop and questions to the staff.
The public comment period closed on June 20th. We expect first public hearing to the Planning Commission in September. Let us know if you would like to have a group you would like us to provide info to about the GP and how they can get involved. Preserve Calavera has submitted comments to both the GP’s draft Environmental Impact Report and to their Climate Action Plan. See the links below if you want to read our submissions:
Our major concern is that the promise of 40% open space (going back to 1986) has been completely ignored in the new General Plan. In addition, the General Plan and the draft Environmental Impact Report fail to mention the required performance standard of 15% open space space for each of the 25 Local Facility Management Zones. Green space should be a focus of the General Plan, not an afterthought following the additional of thousands of residences, 7 million square feet of new commercial space, and 2600 more hotel rooms.
Parks, too, have been ignored in the General Plan, in particular neighborhood parks which residents can actually walk to. More information follows for each of the city quadrants.
Don’t know your quadrant? See the map below:
The map shows you existing and proposed parks, however, the numbers for park acreage don’t seem to add up. With a growing population and an increase in tourists who also use our parks the proposed increase seems inadequate. In Carlsbad, park acreage calculations are based upon the 4 quadrants (divided east-west by El Camino Real and north-south by Palomar Airport Road). To view the data for your quadrant, click on the links below:
- NW quadrant data p.1; NW quadrant data; NW presentation
- NE quadrant data; NE presentation
- SW quadrant data; SE+ SW presentation
- SE quadrant data
There is a way for you to become involved. See what you can do by reading the flyer.
At the beginning of December, 2013, Preserve Calavera settled a lawsuit over Quarry Creek with McMillin and the City of Carlsbad. The press release approved by all three groups can be viewed on the city’s website. You can also check out a recent newsletter (DECEMBER 2013 NEWSLETTER) for additional information. Below is an image that shows some of the changes with this agreement: development moved back 100′, contour graded slope, height reduced to 2 stories, earth tone colors and native plant vegetation. The image shows how impacts have been reduced when looking at the development from the porch of the historic Marron Adobe.
SOS for Open Space – Saving the Natural Lands of Carlsbad
Preserve Calavera is leading a coalition of community organizations on a grass roots campaign to save some of the priceless natural lands of Carlsbad. These natural lands are a key part of what makes this such a special place to live. But many of the areas are under immediate threat of development. We need to preserve the best of what we have left- places like the Buena Vista Creek Valley with the sacred El Salto waterfall. Places like Kato/Mandana that provide the critical link in the regional wildlife movement corridor. Places where our children can connect with nature and everyone can enjoy a quiet walk or hear the sound of a creek or the call of a bird. Open space gives us a high quality of life and preserves our property values. It is good for residents, businesses and visitors alike.
In 2002 the residents of Carlsbad passed Measure C with the supporting materials stating 40% open space will be preserved. This proposition authorized some of the millions of reserve funds to be allocated for the acquisition of open space and trails. In 2007 a City Council appointed citizen’s committee evaluated and prioritized the remaining lands. Ten years seems like long enough to do what the voters asked them to do- allocate these funds to a restricted account and preserve some of these lands before it is too late. Finally, in June, 2012, the Carlsbad City Council agreed to set aside $5 million for open space. We continue to educate the public and lobby the city council to use this money for natural open space acquisition while it is still available. We continue to wait for the city to move ahead on acquiring additional natural open space.
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