On Thursday evening, the California Coastal Commission voted to issue the Coastal Development Permit to Poseidon Resources, which allows the developer to move forward with the proposed Carlsbad desalination plant.
After a day of presentations, rebuttals, public hearings and deliberations, nine out of 12 commissioners voted in favor of the plan that was eight years in the making. However, commissioners requested Poseidon to appear before them before the permit is vested, said Scott Maloni, spokesman for the developer.
Although commissioners recognized the need for desalination and support the process, the particular project left the commissioners with uncertainty on certain sections of the proposal –- the Climate Action and Mitigation plans.
There was an overwhelming amount of public support in the form of more than 100 speaker slips filled out as a requirement to address commissioners for two minutes. Elected officials dropped in throughout the day to offer support of the desalinization facility, which would help diversify San Diego County’s water portfolio and reduce the dependence on imported supplies.