The Planning Commission works in conjunction with the Planning Division and is responsible for evaluating and making determinations on a variety of land use matters for both long range and short-range planning, conducting public hearings on significant planning, zoning and land subdivision matters, such as specific plans, subdivision maps, conditional use permits and rezones.
The Planning Commission is comprised of seven residents appointed by the City Council and meets on the first and third Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. in the City Council Chambers located at 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive.
Agendas are posted 72 hours in advance of the Planning Commission meeting and minutes are available after approval. In addition, the city offers residents and visitors the opportunity to view Planning Commission meetings via the Internet.
Trails Master Plan Update
In April 2017, the City of Carlsbad released the final draft and environmental analysis of its Trails Master Plan, a blueprint for how city trails will be developed and managed in the future.
Carlsbad Cultural Resource Guidelines Update
The City of Carlsbad has updated its 1990 Cultural Resource Guidelines. The new document is the Carlsbad Tribal, Cultural and Paleontological Resources Guidelines and is in effect. The new Guidelines follow state and other legal frameworks, and include procedures and protocols for tribal, archaeological, historical and paleontological resources and potential impacts to these resources. Cultural resource management professionals should familiarize themselves with the new Guidelines because reports and studies submitted to the city will be reviewed for consistency with the Guidelines. The Carlsbad Tribal, Cultural and Paleontological Resources Guidelines can be found in a link on the Planning Division's Codes, Standards & Policies webpage.