Carlsbad reaches mutual agreement with environmental and community
Rebecca Sykes , March 23, 2017
On March 14, Carlsbad approved a series of agreements
with environmental and community groups and settled a lawsuit
filed by the North County Advocates.
the past year, the city has been working with Lennar Homes,
North County Advocates, Preserve Calavera, Friends of Aviara
and Friends of Buena Vista Reservoir to reach agreements.
The settlement was regarding Poinsettia 61 Community Benefit
Agreement, which involved these groups having concerns regarding
habitat mitigation and open space issues.
2015, North County Advocates filed a complaint against Carlsbad
regarding the citys General Plan and Climate Action
General Plan was regarding how the city used land and public
facilities like roads, parks, and fire stations while the
Climate Action Plan describes how the city will reduce greenhouse
gas emissions. Every city in California is required both plans.
North County Advocates voiced concerns over what they said
were the citys lack of fulfillment with the Growth Management
Program, which includes parks and open space, transportation,
and increasing and protecting Carlsbads open space and
of the key results in the agreement include:
Lennars 123-unit detached condo project approved
Lennar will protect habitat in the project area
The City of Carlsbad gets mission portion of Poinsettia Lane
built and settles lawsuit filed by North County Advocates
New park at Buena Vista Reservoir, existing unused park land
converted to Habitat at Aviara Park and Veterans Park
Commitment of $4 million for additional open space land acquisition
Changing the zoning for the Buena Vista reservoir to a park
and securing the funds to build it
Adding two rangers to patrol the natural lands and protect
Establishing better performance standards and metrics to ensure
the goals of the Climate Action Plan and smart growth policies
in the General Plan can be met.
North County Advocates released a press release regarding
the settlement. North County Advocate Chair Howard Krausz
stated, We saw a lot of problems with the proposed General
Plan and Climate Action Plan
we cant fix all of
them, but we are proud of what we achieved. Some of the impact
of our agreement will be felt immediately while others will
continue to benefit the residents of Carlsbad for years to
Homes will protect habitat in the projected area and 6 acres
of land will be added to the citys habitat preserve.
think its an important victory for all of Carlsbad,
not just the environmental community. It ensures important
infrastructure and services, the very things required by the
citys Growth Management Program, said Everett
DeLano, who represented North County Advocates in the lawsuit.
believes Lennar agreed to a mutual decision on the project
because they wanted the project approved and needed off-site
habitat for mitigation.
settlement agreements allow the Poinsettia 61 project to move
forward, provide for the construction of a park at Buena Vista
Reservoir, the construction of a missing link of Poinsettia
Road, and ensure the City adequately addresses its obligations
to provide for transportation, fire response times, and mitigation
for greenhouse gas emissions, said DeLano.
Poinsettia 61 project includes a 123-unit detached condo project,
which is 50.80 acres of land located south of Cassia Road,
between the current western and eastern segments of Poinsettia
Lane, and east of Ambrosia Lane. The project could start construction
by the end of this year.
was a victory for the community, said Diane Nygaard,
a North County advocate member and president of Preserve Calavera.
The developer got to build their project, but the community
got improved safety with the completion of the mission link
of Poinsettia, more open space in three parts of the city
and a park.