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.