The 140-acre Cantarini Ranch (CT 00-18, FEIR 02-02) subdivision was approved in 2004/05 by the City of Carlsbad for development of 105 half-acre lots with ~55 acres of natural “HMP” open space. The property’s higher elevation and gently rolling hills provide sweeping pastoral and blue-water vistas. This carefully planned neighborhood brings the rural-estate vision of Carlsbad’s Sunny Creek Specific Plan (SP 191) to life, with half-acre minimum lot sizes, over-sized front- and side-yard building set-backs, expansive open space and an extensive trail system.
The Zone 15 / Sunny Creek area, with Cantarini Ranch at the center, is an ~ 850-acre rural refuge bounded by the Agua Hedionda Creek riparian preserve on the west, large natural “HMP” open space preserves on the south and east, and College Blvd. (future) on the north. The Sunny Creek area represents the last large coastal development opportunity in north San Diego County.
Development of the Sunny Creek area will include construction of the last section of College Blvd. (“Reach A”), which will provide residents with convenient access to Carlsbad’s pristine beaches, high-wage employers and a wide array of superior quality public services and amenities, including abundant parks & hiking trails, world class golf, resorts, restaurants, breweries, shopping, live entertainment and Palomar Airport.
May 2021: Studies and hearings conducted by the City of Carlsbad throughout 2020 concluded with City Council directing Staff to prepare a financing and construction plan for completion of College Blvd. “Reach A”. Aside from providing the vital infrastructure needed to support development in Zone 15 (i.e. Cantarini Ranch, Holly Springs, Dos Colinas, etc.), this final section of College Blvd. is critically important to completing the city’s circulation system and resolving traffic service failures on adjacent segments of El Camino Real and Cannon Road. During its October 2020 public hearing, the Carlsbad Planning Commission formally approved a wetland mitigation project - on the West Equestrian property - that is designed to mitigate impacts caused by West’s Cantarini and Dos Colinas projects, as well as College Blvd. “Reach A”.
Other significant activities during 2020 - H2 through 2021- H1 included (a) an update of Carlsbad’s Regional Housing Needs Assessment (RHNA) and (b) legislative actions by the state to address California’s housing shortage and affordability emergencies. As a result of these related actions, significant development activity in the Zone 15 area will likely commence during 2025-2027 concurrent with completion of College Blvd. ”Reach A”.
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