85/15 information center to open doors Thursday

CARLSBAD — An information center opens its doors Thursday to the public regarding the controversial 85/15 plan.

According to a press release from Los Angeles-based developer Caruso Affiliated, the main sponsor of the measure, the center officially opens at 11 a.m. for residents seeking detailed information.

Measure A, as it will be seen on the special election ballot scheduled for Feb. 23, is in the final stretch of a long, drawn out battle between supporters and opponents.

The center, meanwhile, will be open daily and on Thursday, former planning commissioner Julie Baker will appear from 5 to 7 p.m. at the center, 1050 Cannon Road. Hours of operation are Mondays through Fridays from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Residents will be able to view the property, watch videos, preview renderings and site plans.

“In an effort to provide residents with all of the information they need to make an informed decision, community members also can ask questions and engage in lively dialogue about the plan with highly knowledgeable friends and neighbors who will share the facts,” the statement reads.

In addition, city officials and experts will make special appearances, although no details were disclosed about those arrangements.

“We’ve loved hearing from Carlsbad residents who have shared valuable input with us to create the plans we’ve proposed, and we are grateful for how the community has embraced the plan,” said Rick J. Caruso, founder and chief executive officer of Caruso Affiliated. “The Information Center is the next phase of community outreach, and we look forward to meeting and speaking to as many Carlsbad residents as we can to share the unique attributes of the plan.”

The proposal calls for developing 26.7 acres featuring a commercial center anchored by a Nordstrom’s on the 203.7-acre site, while the remaining 176.7 acres would be designated open space and increase strawberry farming along with open the area for residents to hike along trails.

The 85/15 plan was spearheaded by a resident-led initiative and approved by the City Council on Aug. 25. Opponents of the plan gathered the required number of signatures for a referendum, which leaves the fate of Measure A in the hands of voters.

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