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Developer Taylor Morrison's new project Vista Del Mar located off Blackrail and Aviara Parkway has plans to remove a grove of date palms that are very old and provide one of the only as well as the largest areas for animals that live in the canyon to find refuge.
For years nearby residents have witnessed many species of owls in the canyon as well as Cooper Hawks and other animals that have not been mentioned in the environmental report conducted by Dudek for Taylor Morrison.
We feel that the report is incomplete and inadequate.
We are asking the City of Carlsbad, Taylor Morrison and Dudek to further investigate the impacts on wildlife before disturbing the date palm grove.
The Carlsbad City Council is considering raising the speed limit along the two-mile stretch of Aviara Parkway between Poinsettia and El Camino Real. Currently, the speed is 40 MPH. The proposal is to raise it to 45 MPH. By raising the speed limit, Carlsbad police would be able to collect on the tickets they write on this section of roadway.
Due to changes in state law, the courts currently do not recognize the ticketed infractions as enforceable. Increasing the speed limit at this location would put school children and pedestrians at unnecessary risk. In March 2011, Carlsbad agreed to pay a $2.9 million settlement for creating hazardous conditions that led to injuries in an accident on La Costa. There too the speed limit had been raised from 40 MPH to 45 MPH.
The court agreed with the accident victims that the speed was excessive.
In 2009, developers of the PonteBello project (formerly The Bridges at Aviara) and the City of Carlsbad unveiled a proposal to build assisted living facilities on two sites adjacent and northeast of the Aviara Oaks Middle & Elementary Schools.
The 15-plus buildings split between two campuses would accommodate 428-units at one site along Poinsettia plus a minimum of 76 affordable housing units on the corner of Ambrosia and Conoso – making it one of the largest, most ambitious such facilities in the nation.
Because the proposal is not in compliance with the planned community and zoning standards that have governed development of Carlsbad over the last decades, the property would have to be rezoned from low-density, single family housing to high-density, multi-unit housing. This would allow the parcels to accommodate semi-commercial operations. The project effectively creates an island of commercial activity surrounded by single-family neighborhoods, schools, parks, previously preserved open space and environmentally sensitive areas.
In December 2009, the Carlsbad City Council began removing obstacles to the development by approving changes to the 2005—2010 Housing Element, and specifically pledged to the state that affordable housing units in the PonteBello project would be used to meet the state’s low-income and affordable housing goals. According to Carlsbad’s senior city planner, the inclusion in the Housing Element gives the PonteBello project “the presumption of validity.”