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Terramar Area Coastal Improvement Project

The city has been working with the community for the past few years on the Terramar Area Coastal Improvement Project, a project to improve safety, parking and traffic flow through the Terramar neighborhood and to enhance the coastal bluff top area across from the power plant. 

What's the Latest? 

The Carlsbad City Council received an update on the Terramar project at its July 17 meeting. Staff updated the City Council on the current conceptual designs, how public feedback has been incorporated, the results of technical studies and received input from the City Council. Staff will return to the City Council in late summer or early fall seeking City Council direction on the preferred roadway design alternative.

You can review the staff report or watch the video of the City Council meeting on the city's website.

Current Conceptual Designs

City staff have been fine tuning the conceptual designs for the Terramar Area Coastal Improvement Project, from just south of the power plant to Manzano Drive. The current conceptual designs include one design for the bluff top area and two design alternatives for the roadway. 

The bluff top across from the power plant, which currently has pieces of the old roadway visible among winding dirt paths, would be improved to add intimate seating areas, fewer, well-defined trails and steps to the beach that would help prevent erosion. Based on public input on three bluff top options presented in November 2015, city staff created the current conceptual design which maintains the natural character of the bluff top while adding amenities like recycle/trash cans, drinking fountains and benches.

Both roadway design alternatives add new parking, new and widened sidewalks and bike lanes. The main difference is that one proposes roundabouts at Cannon Road and Cerezo Drive, and the other proposes traffic signals at those intersections. 

After sharing the current roadway design alternatives with the public in November 2017, the city completed studies related to traffic, air quality, parking and noise. The studies showed the following:

Roundabout alternative

  • Better for noise and air quality
  • Creates fewer new parking spots
  • Safer overall for all modes of travel (vehicles, bikes and pedestrians) 

Traffic signal alternative

  • Creates more new parking spaces
  • Safer than the existing conditions

The two roadway design alternatives are otherwise fairly comparable. See a comparison of roadway design alternatives.

Next Steps

  • Following the July 17 presentation to City Council, city staff will return to the City Council in Fall 2018 for selection of the preferred project design.
  • The final design and environmental analysis will then be presented to the Planning Commission for approval. 
  • This project requires Coastal Commission approval, which typically takes six to nine months.
  • Once we have all the necessary approvals and permits, we’ll put the project out to bid for final design and construction. The project already has funding allocated in the city budget.
  • What’s the bottom line? Making any changes along our coastline requires a lot of review and consideration – for good reason. If all goes according to plan, residents can expect to see construction begin fall 2020.

For More Information

Please contact the project manager if you have questions or would like more information, contact Jonathan Schauble, 760-602-2762 or jonathan.schauble@carlsbadca.gov.

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