West Oaks Multifamily Residential Development Project

GDB represented the applicant of the West Oaks project, a 192-unit multifamily residential project in the City of Carlsbad. The firm assisted with the preparation and approval of a mitigated negative declaration (MND) for the project, focusing on biological resource, habitat, and transportation issues. GDB also assisted the applicant in navigating recent state and local housing legislation. In approving the project, the City found that Senate Bill 330, the Housing Crisis Act of 2019, preempted the City’s growth management program and allowed the project to move forward. In compliance with the state’s “No Net Loss Law,” the project would implement the City’s Housing Element and ensure no net loss of sites identified for residential density. The City also granted requested concessions and waivers under the state’s Density Bonus Law in light of the project’s inclusion of 42 affordable housing units. Despite being located proximate to existing homes, no litigation was filed challenging the project’s approval or its CEQA compliance.