In the U-T, Jonathan Horn covers the reversion to 2008 plans to avoid further environmental review.
Teresa Barth comments in her e-mail newsletter:
Jonathan Horn got the story right. I said (and I do) support the park changes, especially the larger skatepark. Jerome's motion was to go back to the previously approved plan and that is what I voted against.
I am still not sure if what happen was procedurally correct. The agenda item was to approve or deny the appeal NOT to direct staff to do something else.
This puts the park construction back at least 6 months to a year. Staff & the consultant now have to start all over again with construction drawings, grading plans, etc. before this can go out to bid. More waste of time and money.
While I think it's true that this will require some cost and delay to re-do the plans, the costs of another round of court cases and environmental reviews would surely have been higher. So now we go forward with plans that nobody likes because we're trying to push this broken-down jalopy across the finish line before anybody can place any more obstacles in the way.
The Hall Park situation is a mess for a number of reasons. Here are my top three:
1) A regional sports park with 90-foot stadium lights is totally out of character for the west Cardiff community. Call the 'poser district people NIMBYs all you want, but they are right. Their neighborhoods were not made for Carlsbad traffic, and Cardiff sunsets will be ruined if the lights go in.
2) The city vastly overpaid for the property and now is having trouble finding funds to either build or maintain the park.
3) The cost of legal and environmental review and compliance in California is Too Damn High. The city is getting a taste of what it's like for businesses to try to operate in California, except businesses don't get to use taxpayer money to fight this stuff.