Carlsbad City Council has approved a 656-home, 156-acre development on a rehabilitated former rock quarry property, known as Quarry Creek, proposed by San Diego-based developer Corky McMillin Cos.

McMillin officials have said the developer is looking to break ground in late 2013 or early 2014 on the residential component of Quarry Creek, part of a larger development at the border of Carlsbad and Oceanside. Homes would be served by a retail center that is already operating on the Oceanside part of the property.

The multiphase residential development is proposed for a site off Highway 78, between College Boulevard and El Camino Real. According to documents filed with the city, the master plan for Quarry Creek designates five residential areas, three community facilities areas, and four open-space areas for future development.

Developers have said single-family homes at Quarry Creek are slated to be built in a higher-density setting than might otherwise be found in a rural setting. Plans incorporate walkable spaces, bike paths and close proximity to public transit options, in order to reduce vehicle trips, according to McMillin Cos.

-- Lou Hirsh