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Carlsbad City Council approves annexation zone change on Cherry Lane

City of Carlsbad Planning Director Jeff Patterson talks property annexation and zoning changes during the June 8, 2021 Carlsbad City Council meeting.

Land boundaries in the City of Carlsbad grew slightly Tuesday night after the Carlsbad City Council approved a land annexation and zone change for property near Callaway Drive and West Cherry Lane.

Councilors upheld a decision approved May 3 by the City of Carlsbad Planning and Zoning (P-and-Z) Commission to annex nearly 3.88 acres of land to the east of the intersection of Callaway Drive and West Cherry Lane and nearly an acre of right-of-way along Indian Road, read a City Council document.

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In the City Council document, Joseph Bannister, the applicant stated he and his neighbor noticed the City of Carlsbad placing sewer lines along Cherry Lane and thought the time was right to tap into the sewer system.

“The property is not intended for development. The property is residential with existing houses, and the residents are wanting to tie into the new sewer infrastructure that is being installed. City sewer services are generally limited to properties that are within the City limits,” said Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway.

Carlsbad City Attorney Denise Madrid Boyea (left) and Carlsbad Mayor Dale Janway during the June 8, 2021 Carlsbad City Council meeting. Councilors approved a zone change and annexation of property near Callaway Drive and Cherry Lane.

Councilors agreed with another P-and-Z decision from May 3 to grant Rural Residential (R-R) zoning status to the same property.

The Rural Residential District is intended to provide for areas that will accommodate agricultural, ranching, and natural resource uses and very low-density residential uses, until such time as other development is appropriate. There shall be a maximum of one primary residence per lot for R-R Rural Residential District Zoning, City of Carlsbad planning regulations stated.