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Proposition C

The Proposition C Open Space and Trails Ad Hoc Citizens Committee was formed by the City Council in October 2005 to establish a prioritized list of potential property acquisitions associated with the open space and trails linkage component of Proposition C. The committee met from February 2006 through January 2007, reviewing pertinent open space and trails documents and maps, touring open space areas within the city and engaging in discussions with interested members of the public. 

Read the committee's final report here:

What was Proposition C?

In Carlsbad, the City Council cannot authorize more than $1 million for the acquisition or improvement of real property without prior approval from voters.  In 2002, Carlsbad voters approved Proposition C, authorizing the city to spend more than $1 million on a new swimming pool complex (Alga Norte Community Park), trail linkages and open space, a new safety training center (completed this May) and a portion of Cannon Road, east of College.

Proposition C did not direct the City Council to spend a specific amount of money on open space by a certain time. Instead, it provided voter authorization to spend more than the $1 million limit if one or more properties became available and the City Council felt it was in the taxpayers’ best interest to purchase it as open space. 

What was the Prop. C Citizens Committee?

In 2005, the City Council appointed a citizens committee to make recommendations to the city on potential trail linkage projects and open space property acquisitions. In 2007, the committee completed its work and submitted to the City Council a prioritized list of properties they felt would be good candidates for consideration as open space acquisitions. 

Why hasn’t the city purchased open space since the passage of Prop. C?

The biggest challenge in acquiring open space is finding a willing seller who is offering a property at a reasonable price. City staff regularly monitors available open space, including the properties identified by the citizens committee. Since this list was created, the city has helped facilitate the acquisition of two of the listed properties by other entities.  This means residents get the benefit of having this open space without having to spend their taxpayer dollars to buy and maintain it.