Carlsbad approves controversial housing project

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CARLSBAD, Calif. — The Carlsbad City Council is giving the go-ahead on a major housing development after opponents fought for the project to be down-scaled.

photoThe Quarry Creek project will include 656 housing units on 156 acres south of Hwy 78 on the Carlsbad-Oceanside border.

Environmentalists opposed the project altogether — while others urged the city council to at least cut the number of units down to 500 in order to preserve an area referred to as “the panhandle” as open space.

Tuesday night, the council voted to allow the full development of 656 units.

“It won’t be wilderness but it will be kept.  It’s going to have natural greenery – It’s going to be beautiful,” said Councilwoman Farrah Douglas.

Developer Mark McMillin said cutting down on the number of units would not have reduced costs all that much, but would have drastically cut into revenues.

Opponents argued development in the panhandle would have a negative impact on the land — destroying vistas and creating a traffic mess that will spill into neighboring Oceanside.

“I think the view corridor there is something that is precious.  As soon as we start messing with it – it’s gone,” said Carlsbad resident Fred Sandquist.

The council also made the case that the project will help the city meet affordable housing requirements.


  • mrgdogncbd

    I am sure the developer will help to maintain some of the natural aspects of the area to ensure it fits in with carlsbads limits and demands to preserve open areas.but one thing that cant be controlled is the number of vehicles already using an area which is congested already and the added units will definatelely have an impact which you cant change unless they provide traffic with other options to use during peak periods

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