CARLSBAD — After months of review and debate, Carlsbad’s Planning Commission agreed to approve the proposed Quarry Creek project with a number of modifications including reduced development on the panhandle portion of the project site and a cut of the number of housing units.
In a 6-1 vote, the commissioners agreed to limit the development on the panhandle portion of the site in favor of greater open space and protecting the view from the historic Marron Adobe.
“I think we have to accept that there will be some development on the panhandle. The question then becomes how much,” said Commissioner Stephen L’Heureux.
Commissioner Victoria Scully voted against the measure, pushing for elimination of all development on the panhandle.
Furthermore, the commissioners unanimously agreed to limit the amount of housing units built from the proposed 656 to a maximum of 600.
“I have a problem with the density,” said Scully. “I can’t do the 600 homes, I just can’t in good conscious.”
The commission voted after hearing extensive presentations from city planners, experts, attorneys and representatives from the developer Corky McMillin Companies.
Attorney Mike Hogan, who was hired to represent and advise Carlsbad for all matters related to the Quarry Creek project, revealed at the meeting that the city of Oceanside had submitted a letter outlining a number of concerns about the project’s effects on its jurisdiction.
Hogan said that primarily the letter stated issues with the impacts on Oceanside’s traffic and emergency services.
On his recommendation, the commission agreed to recognize Oceanside as a having a legitimate fair share program and make accommodations in regards to potential impacts to the neighboring city.
Fire Chief Bill Anderson and Police Captain Neil Gallucci both presented that emergency services within Carlsbad could adequately reach and serve the Quarry Creek Community.
Comparing the site with other housing developments in Carlsbad of similar size and proximity to fire and police stations, Gallucci said, “Can we get there in time? The answer is yes.”