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San Diego County McClellan-Palomar Master Plan

~ Findings No Longer Valid ~

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The future of high speed (760 MPH) pollution free transportation.

  - Carlsbad to San Diego in 9 min.

  - Carlsbad to Los Angeles in 14 min.

  - Carlsbad to Las Vegas in 32 min.

San Diego County's next 20 year McClellan-Palomar Airport (CRQ) Master Plan (Plan) is in its 2nd edition for public review and once again out for another 45 day public review and comment period.  After reviewing this 2nd edition, just like the 1st edition, we find there are so much that has not been addressed or answered.  Consequently, it is expected that a 3rd edition will be needed before the Plan can be considered minimally complete and ready for final public review and comment.

November 8, 2018 Update - That 3rd edition did not happen and it looks like the the Board of Supervisors conveniently rushed an October 10, 2018 meeting (prior to the November 6th elections) to not approved the B-II recommendation of its own staff, but a modified FAA Design Class D-III expansion option.  In doing so and as expressed by three of the supervisors McClellan-Palomar will become a reliever airport for San Diego International and maybe John Wayne Airport.

Click here to see the October 10th San Diego Board of Supervisors meeting video

What's the Rush on Expanding the POLLUTING Airport?

Today's Hyperloop's Near Future

Click the "Richard Quest of CNN's December 2018 interview with Mr. Jay Walder, CEO of Virgin Hyperloop One" video on the left to see how close  hyperloop systems are in our future.

Prior to taking that position Mr. Walder was CEO of Motivate, CEO of Hong Kong’s Mass Transit Railroad (MTRC), Chairman and CEO of New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority and Managing Director for Finance and Planning at Transport for London.

The World's Next 10 Year Vision for a Pollution Free

High Speed Transportation Systems

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San Diego County's Next 20 Year Vision for a

Highly Polluting Transportation System

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Why Expanding McClellan-Palomar Violates History

To allow for proper understanding on whether San Diego County is protecting its citizens or just a small subset of business interests, here is more historical information you may not be aware of.

In 1979, Carlsbad citizens and the citizens of the surrounding cities decided growth controls were need to be placed on the airport, then known as Palomar.  An initiative drive was started, signatures were gathered and all was presented to Carlsbad to have the initiative placed on the ballot.  However, Carlsbad City Council, recognizing the validity of the initiative, passed Conditional Use Permit (CUP) 172 and Ordinance 21.53.015.


The intent of the Ordinance and CUP together were to specifically make sure before Palomar runway could be lengthened without the County being require to submit an amendment to CUP 172 and force a majority vote of Carlsbad Electorate.


For the next 20 or so years, both the County and Carlsbad complied with the term of both CUP 172 and Ordinance 21.53.015.  But, starting around 2000 things seemed to change, and the County seemed to forget to submit the required paperwork to amend CUP 172 or coordinating with Carlsbad's Planning Committee, e.g., March 2001, the runway length changed from  4,700 feet to 4,897 feet and in 2009, the new terminal was built.  Both required an amendment to CUP 172 be submitted, but none has been found.


Fast forward to today, the County has now stated it does not intend to submit an amendment to CUP 172 for all the changes required by the next 20 year McClellan-Palomar Airport (CRQ) Master Plan, including lengthening the runway from 4,897 to up to 5,797 feet - 96 feet longer than John Wayne Airport


After spending hundreds of hours analyzing the new CRQ Master Plan, it became obvious that San Diego County is not disclosing its real intent for the expansion of CRQ?


~ The present Plan has no viable reason WHY CRQ must expand! ~

To put it in the vernacular of the day - this plan is definitely not yet ready for prime time!

To see more in-depth history click here.

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