Ponto South - Kam Sang Co, Inc Resort


Kam Sang Company Inc. has purchased the 14 acre property facing Batiquitos Lagoon and bounded by Carlsbad Boulevard, Avenida Encinas and the railroad tracks.  (See RESORT 3 on the map.) The property like San Pacifico and Ponto West and East is zoned Planned Community [the Poinsettia Shores Master Plan and Local Coastal Program].  The City General Plan designates Visitor Commercial and Open Space uses for the site.  The site is Subarea H and I within the Poinsettia Shores Master Plan and Local Coastal Program.

Kam Sang intends to design, build and own a five star resort hotel/timeshare project on the land. Its December 2016 proposed preliminary plan (see Documents on this website) shows 280 guest rooms, 45 residential/hotel homes, typical spa, food/beverage, meeting spaces and underground parking. The City of Carlsbad and Committee provided review comments to Kam Sang on this preliminary plan that is included under Documents on this website.

Based on City and the Committee, Kam Sang is re-evaluating its design concept and presented revised concepts to the Committee in June 2017.  The updated architectural plans are included in this website.

Kam Sang has indicated that while it is at an early stage of the development proposal process, it intends to submit its plans for planning approval in 2018 and hopes to get the project approved within the next few years, then constructed immediately afterwards. Their estimate would have a resort opening as early as 2021.

General Information
The land use planning in the Ponto area is particularly complex because many of the planning issues/standards/visons are not fully resolved and are to be addressed with any proposed future development. This involves coordination with both the City and California Coastal Commission, however, Kam Sang believes that it will not need the Coastal Commission review and approval of this project. The California Coastal Commission may not be the final approving governmental agency for this development; the City may be the final approving agency for this project. Fundamental land use issues that maybe of concern include exploring open space, use of portions of the area for parkland or lower cost visitor serving uses, defining the special development standards called for portions of the area.  See in City Documents the Poinsettia Shores Master Plan and Local Coastal Program Subarea F requirements.