First Images of Land Preserved for Carlsbad Lagoon Preservation

A new proposal could conserve 176 acres of land and provide new access to open space in Carlsbad near the strawberry fields

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An updated rendering of the Agua Hedionda 85/15 plan in Carlsbad. The Agua Hedionda 85/15 Plan would develop 26 acres of land currently owned by San Diego Gas & Electric near Interstate 5 and Cannon Road. Developers propose that revenue created by the new dining and retail stores will fund the creation and maintenance of the open space in the future.
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This image shows the area of development along with some of the area the proposal says it will preserve.
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The Agua Hedonda 85/15 Plan would protect and expand strawberry field farming in the area and open up new low-impact nature trails in addition to picnic areas with lagoon views and an outdoor classroom.
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If approved, the project would not cost taxpayers any money. Revenue from the project and from private sources would fund every aspect of the proposal, including its improvement, restoration, operation and maintenance.
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The proposal would provide filtration systems and environmentally friendly design safeguards for the lagoon and the wildlife there.
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The project would also create a pedestrian-friendly, open-air dining and entertainment promenade on 26 acres of that land once the conserved open space is improved.
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In July, more than 20,000 signatures were turned in, in an effort to conserve 176 acres of land near the strawberry fields.
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Rick Caruso, CEO and founder of Caruso Affiliated, has said his proposed development will offer new access to open space "while while preserving and protecting the lagoon, coastal habitat and agriculture." Opponents fear the development will increase traffic and pollution and the added stores and restaurants could threaten local businesses.
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The Agua Hedonda 85/15 Plan would protect and expand strawberry field farming in the area and open up new low-impact nature trails in addition to picnic areas with lagoon views and an outdoor classroom.
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