The City of Carlsbad draft Trails Master Plan is a blueprint for how city trails will be developed and managed in the future. The environmental report for the plan was available for public review and input through May 5, 2017. The responses to comments received during 30 day review period are available for viewing.
There are approximately 67 miles of existing public trails in the City of Carlsbad
The Trails Master Plan will help ensure the city makes the most of its current trails and takes advantage of opportunities to expand the system
It was developed over the past four years with input from the community, natural resource agencies and others interested in trails and open space
The City of Carlsbad Trails Master Plan builds on past trail planning and development efforts to provide a framework for the city’s comprehensive trail system with the goals of:
Connecting people to nature
Making it easy to get around town on foot and by bicycle
Connecting to regional trails and trails in neighboring cities
Preserving natural resources
Promoting health and wellness
Furthering the goals and policies in the city’s General Plan
About the Plan
The master plan was developed based on public input gathered during public meetings, an online survey and feedback on draft documents. Based on this input, city staff focused the plan on the following objectives:
Create a connected and complete trail system
Identify existing trails and future trail development opportunities
Accommodate a variety of trail users in safe and environmentally sensitive manner
Increase recreational opportunities
Integrate transportation (going to school, running errands, etc.) as part of the trail system
Upon the end of the public review and comment period for the environmental documents, staff responded to the comments collected, and made revisions to the master plan.
Ultimately, the trails master plan will go before the City of Carlsbad Parks and Recreation Commission and Planning Commission for review, and then back to the City Council for potential adoption. The tentative schedule for these meetings is as follows:
Parks & Recreation Commission - June 17: Parks & Recreation Commission to consider forwarding the updated trails master plan to the City Council for adoption.
Planning Commission - July 17: Planning Commission to consider approval of an amendment to the General Plan - so it is consistent with the trails master plan, plus approval of the environmental documents prepared for the trails master plan.
City Council - August 27: City Council to consider adoption of an amendment to the General Plan - so it is consistent with the trails master plan, plus the adoption of the updated trails master plan and related environmental documents.
Once the plan is approved, the City of Carlsbad Parks & Recreation Department will utilize it to manage the citywide trails system and ensure its future availability and sustainability.