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Carlsbad vacation complex development on hold

Developers of a vacation ownership complex, proposed to be built along the shores of the Agua Hedionda Lagoon, were told to go back and listen to their neighbors.
Landowners Jim Courtney and Michael Pfankuch addressed City Council on Sept. 16, before the council voted 4-1 to send the plans back for revision.
Councilman Matt Hall said he supported the project, but agreed that the plans could use some work.
Although the property is zoned for tourist and recreation services, the surrounding development of single-family homes raised concerns about the density of the proposed project and its impact on neighbors.
Councilman Mark Packard said he thought the proposed timeshare project was not much bigger in size than the neighboring custom homes, but Councilwoman Julie Nygaard disagreed, and pointed out that largest home was 8,000 feet and the proposed project is 40,000. The intensity of the project is the biggest difference, she said.
Developers have proposed a 25-unit condominium complex, reduced down from 26 units after the Planning Commission rejected the project last spring.
The one-acre site, along Adams Street on the north side of the lagoon, currently contains an old restaurant building, closed long ago, and a private boating club.
Many had hoped to see the area become more of a recreational site, but by allowing residential zoning in the 1990s, the city is now “paying the price,” Mayor Bud Lewis said.
The project will now return to council at a later date.