Carlsbad asks for comments on Environmental Report

CARLSBAD— The city is about seven years into updating the General Plan and is asking for the public’s input once again.

The General Plan is a guide for the city and dictates development rules. It lays out a blueprint for the city’s open space, residential and commercial uses.

Everything from transportation, to parks and recreation are addressed in the plan.

Every city in California is required to have a General Plan.

It is common for city officials to update the general plan about every 20 years. Carlsbad’s last update was in 1994.

The first Environmental Impact Report draft was released last April and city planners took into account the public’s comments.

“We received quite a bit of feedback on the draft EIR during last year’s review,” said Carlsbad Principal Planner David de Cordova. “We gave careful consideration to the input received and made changes to portions of the draft to reflect this feedback.”

The public can give comments on the new draft, which is on the city’s website, until May 4.

City staff asked the public to only comment on the portions of the Environmental Impact Report that have been revised and re-circulated.

After this round of public comments, another revised version will go before the Planning Commission and City Council at separate meetings for public hearings.

The Environmental Impact Report outlines environmental effects of the General Plan and provides a list of alternatives. The 45-day review period opened March 20.

Comments can be mailed to the City Senior Planner Jennifer Jesser, at the Planning Division, 1635 Faraday Ave., Carlsbad, CA  92008 or emailed to Jennifer.Jesser@carlsbadca.gov.

In 2008, the city launched an outreach campaign called Envision Carlsbad.

More than 8,000 residents and 100 community groups were involved in the process.

A 19-member group held 18 public meetings to find out what residents envisioned for their city.

In 2010, the Carlsbad Community Vision was published which outlined the community’s core values.

This led to the publishing of the preferred land use concept in 2012, which shows where future growth could go.

The nine core community values include: small town feel and beach community character and connectedness, open space and the natural environment, access to recreation and an active, healthy lifestyle, the local economy, business diversity and tourism, walking, biking, public transportation and connectivity, sustainability, history, the arts and cultural resources, high quality education and community services and neighborhood revitalization, community design and livability.

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