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Public Input

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.

Trail improvements

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.

Other Suggestions

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.

Protecting habitat

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

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