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Growth and Development

Carefully managing growth and development is critical to maintaining the City of Carlsbad’s excellent quality of life. In 1986, Carlsbad residents voted to pass the Growth Management Plan, which limited the amount of growth that would be allowed in Carlsbad and put conditions on how growth could occur. Most importantly, the plan established that in Carlsbad, development pays its own way.

Today, at nearly 107,000 residents, the city is very close to reaching its maximum size, called “build out.”  The Growth Management Plan has allowed this growth to occur while maintaining the right mix of commercial, industrial, recreation, open space and infrastructure. Under the plan, growth may only occur when adequate public facilities and improvements, such as street widening and parks, are also provided.