From the nctimes.com:
A proposal to put a pier near the mouth of Agua Hedionda Lagoon in Carlsbad may become the latest battleground in the city’s multiyear effort to update a planning document that will guide future growth in the seaside town.
Kathy Wagner, a Carlsbad resident who belongs to a surf-loving family, is sending out e-mails and encouraging everyone she knows to attend Wednesday’s Planning Commission meeting to hear what the city is proposing for its waterfront.
“I’d just like to see the information get out so people can make an informed decision,” she said Tuesday.
During the commission meeting, set for 6 p.m. Wednesday at City Hall, commissioners will hear a presentation on three draft “concept” plans that each offer a different vision of what Carlsbad could look like.
The concepts, created through the assistance of the city-sponsored Envision Carlsbad Citizens Committee, are part of the city’s efforts to update its General Plan —- a massive, state-required document that spells out how the city will handle everything from traffic congestion to low-income housing needs in the decades to come.
Carlsbad last updated its General Plan in 1994. The new update, which is expected to cost nearly $1.4 million, began in 2009 and is scheduled to conclude in late 2013.
At their Wednesday night meeting, the planning commissioners will review the concept plans and offer comments on which one they think ought to move forward.
One of the three plans, called “Concept B —- Active Waterfront,” contains the pier proposal, among other suggested developments for the city’s coastline. The pier would be located just south of the mouth of Agua Hedionda Lagoon.
The Active Waterfront plan also suggests creating a coastal pedestrian promenade, stretching from just north of Carlsbad Boulevard’s intersection with Palomar Airport Road to the southern city limits. More coastal hotels, restaurants and housing also are envisioned in the plan.
A second plan, called “Centers,” would encourage the growth of so-called mixed-use projects —- developments that contain housing and shops. This plan recommends that mixed-use development be encouraged in the city’s downtown Village area, its Barrio and its Plaza Camino Real mall, among other places.
The final concept plan, known as the “Core Focus” plan, calls for building more homes near or in the city’s employment centers. It has been fiercely opposed by Bressi Ranch residents because it would support building a high-density housing project along Palomar Airport Road.
In late January, about 150 people turned out for a city workshop to voice their opposition to that concept plan. Many said they wanted the proposed housing site to remain zoned for industrial uses only.