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Carefully managing growth and development is critical to maintaining the City of Carlsbad’s excellent quality of life. In 1986, the Carlsbad City Council passed a growth management ordinance, which put conditions on how growth could occur, including requiring development pays its own way. That November, Carlsbad voters passed Proposition E, which affirmed the principles of the Growth Management Program and established caps on the number of housing units that could be built in Carlsbad.

Now, 35 years later, the major new planned residential developments in Carlsbad are mostly built, and new state laws have changed how future housing will be approved. As such, the city is entering a new phase where different tools will be needed to effectively manage growth.

What's next?

The city is now in the beginning stages of creating a new approach to managing growth in Carlsbad, starting with a citizens committee. The committee will meet through early 2023 to develop an overall framework that will then be presented to the City Council. 

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Eric Lardy, City Planner

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