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Village & Barrio Master Plan

The Village and Barrio are the historic heart of our city, representing Carlsbad’s past, character and culture. The Village and Barrio Master Plan sets forth a vision to honor the very best of these two neighborhoods while adapting to changing community, environmental and economic needs.

The Village and Barrio Master Plan also establishes the vision for the ideal future character and development of the two areas and sets forth the strategy or “roadmap” for achieving that vision. This plan has been developed in consultation with the Carlsbad community through an iterative process that began in 2013. It is an evolution of previous policies and guidelines for these areas, rather than an entirely new direction. 

The Village and Barrio Master Plan replaces the Carlsbad Village Master Plan and Design Manual, which was approved in 1995 and has been revised periodically since, most recently in 2017. In the Barrio, the new master plan also replaces General Plan land use designations, zoning designations and zoning standards.

Key Dates and Next Steps

Aug. 24, 2018:  Plan took effect, except for parts of the Village and Barrio that are in the Coastal Zone.

  • June 13, 2019: The California Coastal Commission provided conditional approval of the portions of the master plan in the Coastal Zone at a public hearing, pending City Council's acceptance of 23 modifications recommended by commission staff. 

    Summer 2019: City staff will make the modifications proposed and bring the plan back to the City Council for acceptance of the modifications.

    End of 2019: If accepted by the City Council, the plan will go one more time to the Coastal Commission to confirm the City Council's acceptance. After that, the plan will be approved in the Coastal Zone. Until then, property in the Coastal Zone remains under the Carlsbad Village Master Plan and Design Manual and other existing land use and zoning.


    Master plan boundary comparisons 
    Coastal Zone boundary 
    Master plan details map 
    Parcel by parcel land use information and maps 

    Quick Links

    Approved plan 
    At a glance 
    Questions and answers
    Public input and plan chronology 
    Parking study and management plan 
    Carlsbad Village Double Track Project 

    More Information

    Scott Donnell, Senior Planner
    760-602-4618 or scott.donnell@carlsbadca.gov.