CARLSBAD — A new look to the automotive retail district was approved last week by the City Council.
The Volvo and Porsche dealerships along Avenida Encinas between Poinsettia and Palomar Airport Road, just north of the Kaiser Permanente building, were given the green light to update their architecture, according to Associate Planner Shannon Werneke.
“The applicant proposed to create a new automotive district,” Werneke added. “The addition of an automotive retail district to the specific plan is to guide the redevelopment of these dealers.”
The three council members (Lorraine Wood and Mark Packard were absent) all championed the new car lots, although Keith Blackburn said his only concern is whether the project would mesh with the area.
Still, the approval allows the two dealerships to construct contemporary architecture commonly seen at dealerships, such as curved or linear facades, glass windows and metal.
As for the scale of the project, city staff said it is consistent with current buildings along the road. The maximum allowable height will be limited to the standard 35 feet, Werneke said.
The planning commission approved the proposal 5-1 and requested the applicant consider using wood or brick in architecture designs.
“Mr. Hoehn has a ton of credibility in the community with his dealerships,” Blackburn said.
“My only concern is I just want to make sure they mesh with what we have over there.”
*A correction was made to this story. New lots were not approved and the dealerships are planning to update their current facilities.
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