Some of the key themes to emerge from the public input process included:
Make the city more “walkable”
Make the city more pedestrian friendly in general, including improving the safety and overall experience walking in neighborhoods, especially safe routes to schools. Many of these comments are being addressed by the city’s transportation planners, but opportunities to modify the trails system to meet these goals have been included in the Trails Master Plan.
Balance access to nature with the need to protect nature
Community members want as much access to natural open spaces as possible but realize that in some cases open space must be kept off limits to protect sensitive plant and animal species. The Trails Master Plan attempts to strike the right balance between these two goals
Connect trails to each other and develop new ones
Many people would like to see more connections between existing trails and open spaces throughout the city. Some support a wider variety of uses in open spaces, such as biking or dog walking. A number of comments focused on expanding opportunities for mountain biking.
Community members said they’d like to see more amenities including trash cans, pet waste receptacles and bathrooms. Other comments identified the desire to make trails safer through increased lighting and increased enforcement.
The city was not able to incorporate all the suggestions resulting from the public outreach process. Here's why:
Land the city does not control
Several suggestions were related to land not owned or controlled by the city. In these cases, city staff can encourage property owners to consider the suggestions, but the ultimate decision is theirs.
Some ideas could not be included because of concerns about habitat protection.
Changing trail uses
Some members of the public asked the city to consider single track trails, such as trails just for biking or hiking, and trails where dogs are not allowed. City staff decided to keep trails open for multiple users to maximize the benefits of the trails system. Equestrian use is the exception, and is only allowed on two trail segments in southeast Carlsbad where they connect to Encinitas trails system.
How Input Was Gathered
Online survey - November 27, 2013 - February 28, 2014
Public workshop - February 26, 2014
Trails Master Plan Update Public Review - March 2015
Public Agencies Workshop - March 2016
Project information on the city website
E- blasts to stakeholders
Meetings with land managers, resource agencies, non-profit and lagoon foundations and members of the community
Traffic Safety Commission Meeting – March 6, 2017
Beach Preservation Committee Meeting – March 14, 2017
General Public & Trails Volunteers Meeting – March 16, 2017
Agua Hedionda Lagoon Foundation Meeting – March 18, 2017
Parks & Recreation Commission Meeting – March 20, 2017
Mitigated Negative Declaration and a Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program Public Review – April 2017