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Carlsbad’s southside is expected to see industrial growth following the Carlsbad City Council’s approved zoning change of more than 80 acres along Boyd Drive.
Councilors voted unanimously on a Carlsbad Planning and Zoning (P&Z) Commission recommendation to change the acreage at 3627 Boyd Drive from Commercial 2 District (C-2) to Industrial District (I).
“The Industrial District is intended to accommodate heavy and/or concentrated fabrication, production, research, manufacturing, and industrial uses,” according to a Carlsbad City Council document.
Property owner Jason Maley said in the October planning and zoning meeting he wanted to develop the land for industrial use.
Jeff Forrest, Ward 4 councilor, said land along Boyd Drive was ready for more commercial and industrial development as southern Carlsbad continues to grow.
“I really think south Carlsbad is going to be where it’s at,” he said.
Forrest said councilors study zoning change proposals as they do not want to see “spot zones” in the community. Spot zones are defined as a piece of land that differs from surrounding properties.
“(South Carlsbad) keeps growing and (there is a need to) get diverse stuff that way,” Forrest said.
Residential developments happening on Boyd Drive
Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway said Carlsbad’s growth was not limited to commercial and industrial uses along Boyd Drive.
He said work was in progress at the Intersection of Hidalgo Road and Boyd Drive at the Arrowstone Apartments, as 100 new units were being developed at a value of $13.2 million.
Janway said Constructors, Inc. was developing the Ponderosa Subdivision at 3103 Boyd Drive. Three large commercial land plots would be created along Boyd Drive and a 16 unit employee housing complex would be built west of the commercial lots.