The City of Carlsbad is inviting the public to review and comment on the draft Environmental Impact Report for the city’s updated General Plan and the draft Climate Action Plan, which it released a month ago.
People can read these documents on the City of Carlsbad website at carlsbadca.gov/envision. Print copies are also available for reading at the City of Carlsbad Planning Division, 1635 Faraday Avenue, Carlsbad; at the Carlsbad City Clerk’s Office, 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive; at the Carlsbad City Library, 1775 Dove Lane; and at Georgina Cole Library, 1250 Carlsbad Village Drive. Watch a video about Envision Carlsbad and the General Plan update.
The city released the draft General Plan in February and is inviting comment on that as well.
A city general plan is a blueprint for how land will be used in the city to achieve the community’s vision for the future. It explains the goals, policies and programs that will guide how the city will physically develop, look and function.
The Environmental Impact Report informs the community and decision-makers of the environmental implications of the General Plan and a range of potential alternatives. The General Plan is “self-mitigating,” meaning that it includes policies and programs to address adverse impacts of growth.
“The Carlsbad community has been closely involved in updating the General Plan,” said City of Carlsbad Principal Planner David de Cordova. “The release of the draft Environmental Impact Report opens a 45-day period when private individuals, public agencies and organizations can put their comments on the record, and we consider those comments and maybe incorporate them into the final document.”
That 45-day comment period began on April 4 and will end on May 19. Comments may be submitted in writing to Carlsbad Senior Planner Jennifer Jesser, Carlsbad Planning Division, 1635 Faraday Avenue, Carlsbad, CA 92008, or sent by email email@example.com.
City of Carlsbad staff will respond to the comments, edit the documents, issue the final Environmental Impact Report, and then schedule meetings that will lead to the plan’s approval later in the year. The Planning Commission will likely hold hearings on the proposed General Plan in late June or July, and the City Council is expected to meet on the General Plan in late summer.
Updating the General Plan began in 2008 with Envision Carlsbad — an extensive community visioning and outreach process that involved more than 8,000 residents, 100 community groups and organizations, scores of business owners, and elected officials and city staff members. The process was guided by the 19-member Envision Carlsbad Citizens Committee, which conducted 18 public meetings and resulted in the publication of the Carlsbad Community Vision in January 2010 and the Preferred Plan in September 2012.
The draft General Plan adheres to the nine core community values identified in the Carlsbad Community Vision, which are:
- Small town feel, beach community character and connectedness
- Open space and the natural environment
- Access to recreation and active, healthy lifestyles
- Local economy, business diversity and tourism
- Walking, biking, public transportation and connectivity
- History, the arts and cultural resources
- High quality education and community services
- Neighborhood revitalization, community design and livability
The City of Carlsbad’s existing General Plan was last updated in 1994, when growth was a major community concern. Most of the development in the City of Carlsbad has taken place since then and the new General Plan includes changes in some areas that are either vacant or underdeveloped, but land uses will not change in most of the city.
Carlsbad’s Climate Action Plan is designed to help the city meet state mandates for reducing greenhouse gases while supporting the community goal of promoting a sustainable environment. The Climate Action Plan is a long-range strategy to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases, which include carbon dioxide, methane, nitrous oxide and water vapor. It sets a baseline for past and current emissions, forecasts future emissions and establishes targets by which to reduce future emissions. It also discusses potential environmental benefits that result from different methods of reducing emissions. For more on the Climate Action Plan, click here.
—City of Carlsbad