A group of Carlsbad residents has filed a lawsuit
against the city to overturn its approval of a 92-unit affordable
housing complex in the Barrio neighborhood, which they called
a waste of public funds and property.
City Council narrowly approved the Pacific Wind Apartment
complex July 11 by a 3-2 vote. The project calls for the
developer, C&C Development and Innovative Housing Opportunities,
to construct for five, three-story residential buildings
and a two-story recreation center and the abandonment of
quarter-mile section of Harding Street.
project dates back to 2012 when the City Council loaned
the developer $7.4 million to acquire around 20 duplex properties
along Harding Street, which will be demolished to make way
for the project. Originally, the city required the developer
to build 140 units but the city OKd the reduction
after the property owner was unable to secure several key
group that calls themselves Carlsbad Alliance for Responsible
Development filed its suit Aug. 10, asking the courts to
issue an injunction and require the city to do a more thorough
study of the projects impacts on traffic, pedestrian
and bicycle access, noise, pollution, privacy, community
character and aesthetic and other environmental concerns.
needs to be emphasized that the neighbors are not opposed
to affordable housing, the groups attorney Everett
Delano said. Its the layout, putting two- and
three-story buildings immediately adjacent to smaller homes.
current plan calls for the larger homes to abut neighboring
single-story duplexes, which are one story.
said neighbors are also concerned about the lack of public
transit and pedestrian and bicycle access to the project,
which closes off a portion of a public street to accommodate
infrastructure proposed seems like a really bad combination
with the existing community, Delano said. If
the city is going to go all in for its plans and talks about
how important the barrio is for biking and pedestrian use,
I think they need to take that on, why not make the project
include some improvements for buses and bicycles?
officials have supported the project as a way to help address
a shortage of affordable housing, and because the proposed
Village and Barrio Master Plan identifies the neighborhood
as a good place to build additional homes.
Planning Commission approved the project in April, which
prompted neighbors to appeal the decision to the City Council,
which narrowly upheld it following a contentious public