Jan 28, 2020 Carlsbad Council meeting - Draft Ponto LCP Land Use change & City planning mistakes

Sep 02 2020

Jan 28, 2020 Carlsbad Council meeting - Draft Ponto LCP Land Use change & City planning mistakes


During the Jan 28, 2020 City Council Meeting (item #14), Carlsbad City staff for the first time admitted the City made multiple “Ponto planning mistakes” going back over 15 years. Watch the item #14 video at 1-28-20 Carlsbad Council meeting item 14 DLCP-LUPA
The City’s current and past mistakes going back 15-years are:

  1. not fully disclosing to citizens the City and State's Local Coastal Program requirement on Ponto's Planning Area F to first study the need for a "Public Park" at Ponto, 
  2. this failure to disclose prevented proper citizen input on the Ponto Park need,
  3. The City failed to conduct the required Ponto Park needs study, 
  4. The City failed to publicly present and allow Citizens to review and provide Citizen input on a study prior to City proposed land use changes at Ponto.
These mistakes were significant and resulted in the City's corrupt or flawed Ponto planning processes dating back over 15-years.  In 2010 the CA Coastal Commission denied the City’s Ponto Vision Plan LCP Amendment due to these mistakes.  In 2017, the CA Coastal Commission again told the City that the City is required to fix these mistakes and to study the Ponto area for a public park, and if a park is needed, San Pacifico’s Planning Area F should be considered for the Park site.

Also the Jan 28, 2020 City Staff report to the citizens and the City Council also had numerous misrepresentations or errors.  People for Ponto at the 1/28/20 meeting provided a 4-page letter.  This letter documented the report's misrepresentations/errors, and again, as Carlsbad Citizens have since 2017, asked the City Council to:
  • Be honest, and fully and publicly recognize and disclose the past “planning mistakes” at Ponto, and fundamental flaws from the from those mistakes that prevented citizens from knowing about and participating in the planning process for Ponto
  • Keep the Existing LCP Land Use Plan at Ponto until a new open-honest and inclusive Community-based planning process can be achieved at Ponto
  • Be honest with respect to Park Service Area and Park Inequity issues at Ponto and Coastal South Carlsbad west of I-5 and the rail corridor.
  • Consider the needs of inland South Carlsbad citizens, visitors and business to have their ONLY Coastal Park.
  • Consider the larger regional Coastal Park need, and the forever ‘buildout’ Coastal Recreation needs for future generations.
  • To be true and honest in translating and implementing our Carlsbad Community Vision
Recognizing these issues two Carlsbad Council members motioned to direct City Staff to “defer certification” of Staff’s proposed high-intensity residential and commercial land use plan changes at Ponto.  The motion directed Staff to properly temporarily suspend staff’ proposed changes to allow time for a Carlsbad Citizen-based workshop process to fix the City’s acknowledged “Ponto planning mistakes” and address Carlsbad Citizens need and request for a Ponto Park.  The Council tied in a 2-2 vote on this motion, and a tie vote fails to pass.