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Planning Commission


The commission consists of seven members appointed by a majority vote of the City Council. Members must be residents of Carlsbad and normally serve four-year terms.

Meeting Times & Locations

Per State of California Executive Order N-29-20, and in the interest of public health and safety, we are temporarily taking actions to prevent and mitigate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic by holding Planning Commission meetings electronically or by teleconferencing.

The Planning Commission meeting will be accessible electronically to all members of the public seeking to observe and address the Planning Commission. The Planning Commission meeting can be watched via livestream or replayed on the city website at www.carlsbadca.gov

You can participate in the meeting by e-mailing your comments to the Planning Division at planning@carlsbadca.gov prior to commencement of the agenda item. Your comments will be transmitted to the Planning Commission. Any communication with the City of Carlsbad may be subject to disclosure under the California Public Records Act., including attachments, names, phone numbers and email, residence, business, and postal addresses.

Regular meetings are held the first and third Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m. in the Council Chamber at City Hall, 1200 Carlsbad Village Drive. Watch meeting livestream.

You can sign up to receive the Planning Commission agenda via e-notification or check the city website.




 April 7, 2021 3 p.m.


Agenda and Staff Reports


Comment NOT listed on the Planning Commission Agenda

If you desire to speak about an item NOT listed on the agenda, a “Request to Speak” card must be filed with the Minutes Clerk. Speakers are limited to three (3) minutes each. You may not give your time to another person. In conformance with the Brown Act, no action can occur on items presented during Public Comment.

Public Comment on Planning Commission Agenda Items

A “Request to Speak” card must be filled out with the Minutes Clerk BEFORE the item is announced.  Speakers are limited to three (3) minutes each. You may not give your time to another person.

Communication Received for Planning Commission Agenda Items

Communications received from members of the public and staff regarding Planning Commission agenda items must be submitted no later than 12 p.m. on the day of the meeting.  If the correspondence is submitted after the cut off time, there is no guarantee that it will be reviewed by the Planning Commission prior to the meeting. But the communication will be distributed to the Commissioners and included in the record for that agenda item.

Please submit Planning Commission related communications to planning@carlsbadca.gov or the project planner for the particular agenda item. 


  • Implementation of the General Plan: Makes recommendations to the City Council regarding implementation and updating of the General Plan. When needed, provides recommendations to the Council regarding policy issues that affect long-range planning for the city.
  • Review of development projects: Provides timely recommendations to the City Council when the Planning Department has completed its review of a development project for compliance with the General Plan and all zoning, subdivision and environmental ordinances. Provides a forum for public input into the review of development projects. Provides clear, concise findings to the City Council to support the recommendations of the Commission.
  • Implementation of the Growth Management Program: Provides report to the City Council on the local facilities management plans once the Planning Department has completed detailed review. Reviews annual Capital Improvement Program for consistency with Growth Management Program.
  • Pro-active capacity: Identifies potential problems and opportunities facing the city. Suggests special studies when appropriate.
  • Committees: Serves on special committees or task forces as requested by the City Council.
Source: Carlsbad Municipal Code, Chapter 2.24

Contact Us

Planning Division
1635 Faraday Ave.
Carlsbad, CA 92008

760-602-4610 for planning counter, zoning, setbacks and general planning questions

760-602-4600 for planning administration and Planning Commission questions