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Voters to determine future of Agua Hedionda plan in special election

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CARLSBAD - The Carlsbad City Council approved a special election for February 23, 2016, to allow voters to determine the future of the Agua Hedionda development .

The election date approved by the City Council is the most costly election date choice.

It will cost between $450,000 and $550,000.

The City Council had the option to pick the June Primary Election which would have cost $50,000, or it could have waited until the November General Election and would have cost $25,000.

City councilors said the proponents deserve to have this forward and it doesn't need to be delayed.

The developer was not at Tuesday's meeting to approve an election date but one of his administrators said it would be more costly to delay it. 

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Opponents scored a big win early in November after enough signatures were gathered, giving voters a say on the multi-million dollar plan.

Earlier this year, the developer gained enough signatures and the unanimous approval of the City Council. Opponents argue shady tactics were used to get people to sign the petition.

The development would dedicate 175 acres, or 85 percent, as open space. This would include keeping the strawberry fields.

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