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Council chided, condos approved at meeting

CARLSBAD — Measure A was still on the minds of many residents Tuesday at the City Council meeting.

Several residents chided the council for supporting the failed attempt to develop land on the south shore of Agua Hedionda Lagoon. The council, though, took their beating in stride but also returned to focusing on city matters.

Mayor Matt Hall responded to one plea from a resident urging him and the council to reach out to residents despondent over Measure A.

“I heard you very clearly and I appreciate your words and thoughts,” Hall said. “I have already spoken to over 50 people, and I have many more to speak with.”

Regardless, the council moved forward from the public shaming session, getting back to city business.

One of those issues was the approval, with a condition, of a 16 multi-family condominium development on Roosevelt Street between Laguna Drive and Beech Avenue. City staff displayed a presentation showing designs, which led to one last shot at the council.

“It’s nice to see actual designs instead of water colored renderings,” a resident speaker said to the council, receiving applause and cheers from the audience.

The building will be three stories, 32-feet high, with each unit having a two-car garage plus a balcony and patio.

However, councilman Mark Packard raised concerns over the Covenants, Conditions and Restrictions (CC&Rs) within the homeowners association. He said there is nothing to prevent an owner to sublease the ground floor, which contains one bedroom, and turn the garage into storage space forcing vehicles to use street parking.

Geoff McComic of Vesta Pacific Development said he is more than willing to add language into the CC&Rs to prevent such practice.

Also of concern to Hall was the building’s architecture. McComic said he will work with city staff to alter the style, although much of the buildings will remain the same.

Currently, there are 10 to 11 unused units on the lot, which have become somewhat of an eye sore in the neighborhood.

“As far as the upper portions of the two buildings, we can work with staff,” McComic said. “We tried to eliminate any touch of contemporary (architecture). It’s more of an old school look.”

1 comment

Lance Boyle March 15, 2016 at 4:42 pm

The shaming was justified and decidedly mild in proportion to the breach of trust. More to come March 22nd.
This was more than chastising poor judgment on the part of the mayor and council. This was about people of questionable character from LA all over our community, calling us on the phone, coming to the house, the grocery stores, the street fairs and pounding in the signs every 30 yards. It was about dishonesty across the spectrum of little fibs to straight out bold face lies. And there’s the money.

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