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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 was revised periodically. In the Barrio, the new master plan also replaces previous General Plan land use designations, zoning designations and zoning standards.

Master Plan Amendments

On Tuesday, Dec. 10, 2019, City Council directed staff to take next steps to modify Carlsbad’s Village and Barrio Master Plan.

Amendment to Modify Project Approval Authority
The first step is a proposed amendment to the master plan and the Local Coastal Program to modify decision-making authority for discretionary development permits.

The Carlsbad Planning Commission reviewed the amendment at its April 15, 2020 meeting. The City Council is anticipated to review the Planning Commission's recommendation at an upcoming meeting in early 2021.

Written comments on the proposed amendment can be sent to the following address:
Planning Division
1635 Faraday Ave.
Carlsbad, CA 92008

Other Amendments

In an effort to ensure future development in the Village and Barrio aligns with the community vision, the City Council directed staff to hold a Planning Commission meeting to gather community input on the following master plan issues. The meeting was held on Nov. 4, 2020.

  •  Addition of permitted uses that foster a live, work, play community (i.e. post offices, grocery stores, hardware stores, pharmacies, farmers markets)
  • Parking in lieu fees and public/private partnerships for parking structures
  • Traffic impact analysis and mitigation fees in the plan area
  • Other related issues of concern with the plan 

More information about the specific issues listed above is included in the City Council staff report. 

The City Council also directed staff to:

  • Pursue development of objective design standards.
  • Evaluate housing in lieu fee payment alternatives and a Village and Barrio specific inclusionary housing policy   

Any changes to the master plan will go through the same approval process at the original Village and Barrio Master Plan, which includes review by the Planning Commission and the City Council, and approval by the California Coastal Commission if the changes impact land use in the coastal zone.

In the meantime, the Village and Barrio Master Plan approved by the Coastal Commission in October 2019 remains in effect.

Next Steps

A public meeting with the City Council will be scheduled to discuss the following:

  • Consideration of a work plan, timeline and resourcing strategy to address remaining master plan issues.
  • Planning Commission's recommendation on an amendment to revise the decision-making authority for discretionary permits in the Village and Barrio.
  • Options for development of objective design standards, including the formation of an ad hoc design review committee.


Master plan details map

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

760-602-4610 or planning@carlsbadca.gov