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New City Hall and Civic Center

The City of Carlsbad currently operates out of more than a dozen locations, some of which are approaching the end of their useful life. Even though most city work is happening remotely due to the COVID-19 pandemic, city employees will eventually return to their offices to serve the public in person.

Having everyone in one location will make doing city business more efficient for workers and the community.

That’s why the city is continuing to plan a new consolidated city hall where the main administrative functions of the city could operate out of one location that also provides better meeting spaces including a larger City Council chamber and shared indoor and/or outdoor community spaces.

Community Input

During the first phase of public input community members told the city what kinds of civic uses they’d like to see in a new city hall and civic center.

Now, during this next phase of public input, we’d like your thoughts on four potential city-owned locations that could be used for the new city hall and civic center.

Visit the city’s mapping tool to take the short surveys, give us your input on opportunities and questions you have for each site and read the FAQ.

Public input will be open Nov. 12 to Dec. 10, 2020.  

Potential Locations

Based on the city’s needs for its administrative functions and the community’s ideas for a future civic center, the city will select the best site from among four city-owned properties that have been identified as potential locations:

  • Existing city hall location off Carlsbad Village Drive
  • Senior Center/Pine Avenue Community Park in the Village/Barrio
  • Property at the corner of El Camino Real and Faraday Avenue
  • Existing Faraday Administration Center west of El Camino Real

The Project 

A new city hall would consolidate the main administrative functions of the city into one location and provide meeting rooms and other spaces to accommodate city business, including the City Council chamber.

Because we’re building a new city hall, there is an opportunity to add new public gathering spaces as part of the design, to increase the sense of community in our city. These could include a town square or community plaza, public gathering space, a performing arts center and an outdoor amphitheater.

Project Funding

The city knew it would eventually need a new city hall and has money set aside already. This money comes from developer fees and can only be used for civic projects like a new city hall.

Next Steps

Staff will present public input to the City Council in early 2021 and seek direction, which could include choosing a site or narrowing the options and seeking more analysis or input.  

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