Carlsbad agrees to lease unused property

Carlsbad agrees to lease unused property
Carlsbad’s Municipal Property Manager Joe Garuba and Management Analyst Tony Winney explain city staff’s proposal to lease out an unused 3.15-acre property to private companies at the May 7 City Council meeting. Photo by Rachel Stine

CARLSBAD — City Council agreed to solicit proposals from private companies to lease 3.15 acres of city and Carlsbad Municipal Water District-owned land and appointed new members to city commissions and committees at its May 7 meeting.The city and CMWD have been considering new directions for under-utilized properties since August 2012.

City staff recommended leasing one of the properties under consideration, a parking lot and unused potable water tank storage site located adjacent to the Sheraton Resort and Spa and Crossings golf course off of Grand Pacific Drive.

“The vacant land isn’t being used, it isn’t serving any purpose and it doesn’t match the quality of our community,” said Joe Garuba, Carlsbad’s Municipal Property Manager, at the City Council meeting.

The potable water tank has not been used by CMWD since improvements were made to the water system and the parking lot has only been used on occasion as extra parking for the golf course, according to city findings.

As such, city staff proposed requesting applications from private companies to lease and develop the land in the hopes of retaining the property and obtaining a new revenue stream.

City Council unanimously approved the measure.

“I look forward to seeing progress on the property,” said Mayor Pro Tem Mark Packard.

City Council also appointed new members to the Planning Commission, Arts Commission and Beach Preservation Committee at the meeting.

For the Planning Commission, Council reappointed Stephen “Hap” L’Heureux, who has served on the commission since May 2009, and appointed Velyn Anderson to take the seat of Commissioner Marty Montgomery, who decided not to request another term after serving six months.

Council appointed Aaron Alter to the Arts Commission to replace Commissioner Pamela Friese. Friese resigned this March to move to San Francisco after serving nearly three years on the commission.

Council reappointed D. Bret Barger and Darryk Hatheway to the Beach Preservation Committee, and selected Shelly Sander to take over the term of Pieter de Monchy, who resigned this March due to work commitments.

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