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Growth and Development

Carefully managing growth and development is critical to maintaining the City of Carlsbad’s excellent quality of life. In 1986, Carlsbad residents voted to pass the Growth Management Plan, which limited the amount of growth that would be allowed in Carlsbad and put conditions on how growth could occur. Most importantly, the plan established that in Carlsbad, development pays its own way.

Today, at about 110,000 residents, the city is very close to reaching the time when most of the major new development is complete, called build out. The Growth Management Plan has allowed this growth to occur while maintaining the right mix of commercial, industrial, recreation, open space and infrastructure; Under the plan, growth may only occur when adequate public facilities and improvements, such as street widening and parks, are also provided.

Senate Bill 330 (Skinner) (SB 330), entitled the Housing Crisis Act of 2019 ("Act"), took effect on January 1, 2020. On January 21, 2020, the City held a public workshop to receive a report on SB 330 and its effects on the City’s Growth Management Plan. The January 21, 2020 report and the public workshop are available online here, and the text of SB 330 is available online here. The City is currently discussing SB 330 and its implications for the City’s Growth Management Plan with the State Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD).