With a decade’s long history of supporting one another, the city and district serve the community of San Marcos together and their destinies are intertwined.
While growth presents challenges, it also brings energy to the community and strengthens the local economy. Growth has been instrumental in supporting a robust School District and is a key component in providing funds to build future schools.
The recently established Task Force is focused on sharing information with their respective elected bodies and the public, identifying possible locations for school sites, and planning for the future.
Already, the Task Force has taken numerous steps to understand school needs and growth trends, and to come up with solutions for the current challenges:
- Data Sharing & Growth Projections: While the district regularly collects data regarding growth trends, the Task Force has further examined information on the City General Plan – a 20+ year long term planning document –and data regarding actual build out.By analyzing current and anticipated residential growth, the School District is better able to determine its needs to increase capacity at school sites and to locate and purchase land for new school sites.
- Exploring Options for Schools: The Task Force continues to review options for addressing increasing student enrollment across the city.Options include ways to optimize existing schools to handle current and projected demand, and ways to increase resources for school infrastructure.
- School Site Search: A focus of the Task Force has been to identify possible sites for new schools.The district is in the initial phases of exploring several potential sites.
A comprehensive update on Task Force progress will be shared during a joint public meeting between the San Marcos City Council and the San Marcos School Board on Thursday, March 29 at 6 pm at the San Marcos Community Center, 3 Civic Center Drive.
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Community Developer Kent Aden Inducted into the San Diego Building Industry Association’s Hall of Fame
Kent Aden, a licensed architect, developer and the visionary behind many of San Diego’s most honored master-planned communities, was inducted into the San Diego Building Industry Association’s (BIA) Hall of Fame on Feb. 3, during a ceremony at the Marriott Marquis San Diego Marina. The Hall of Fame recognition is the highest honor bestowed by the organization, which comprises 800 member companies throughout San Diego County.
Aden was inducted by David Hammar, president of Hunsaker & Associates San Diego, Inc., who praised Aden’s leadership in the industry, contributions to the community and devotion to his family.
Hammar said, “Kent has been in the building industry for over 35 years, involved in the planning, community design and entitlement of master plans that will produce over 40,000 homes. I have been fortunate to draft in his wake for much of my professional career and even more fortunate to call him a friend.”
Aden has been a passionate advocate for walkable, pedestrian-centric communities that encourage neighborliness and community interaction. He has left his imprint on South County’s communities of Eastlake and Otay Ranch during his career, which included 11 years in executive positions with the Eastlake Development Company and 18 years with The Otay Ranch Company.
Aden’s current position, vice president and senior development officer for HomeFed Corporation, involves communities on both coasts. He is responsible for managing entitlements, design and development for the 700-acre SweetBay community in Panama City, Florida, the 6,200-acre Otay Land Company project in Chula Vista, and the 2,600-acre Fanita Ranch in Santee. He is also overseeing the completion of the final phase of the San Elijo Hills community in San Marcos.
“The greatest satisfaction I have had in my career is to build great communities and get to see residents enjoying the lifestyle,” Aden said. “The design of each community builds on what we have learned from previous projects and what we learn visiting the best communities around the country. Just as architectural innovations are creating better living spaces, community design trends are creating more inviting and hospitable communities.”
Aden has been active in the BIA of San Diego for 34 years and served as president in 2003. He also chaired the 2008 Pacific Coast Builders Conference (PCBC) in San Francisco, which attracted 33,000 participants. For 18 years he was a director of Housing Opportunities Inc., which developed affordable housing in San Diego County.
In addition to his roles in the building industry, he has been a member of the board of the San Diego International Sports Council and managed Little League Baseball.
Aden was the co-chair of the 2009 Miracle Maker’s Gala for Rady Children’s Hospital and received the 2008 Spirit of Life® Award from the City of Hope’s San Diego Construction Industries Alliance.
He has an MBA degree from California State University, Fullerton, and a BA degree in architecture from the California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. He lives in Coronado with his wife Toni. Their two children are attending college.
Update from The Real Families for San Marcos (Anti Brookfield development group)
Have you all signed the petition for the building of 200+ townhomes past the firehouse…before the new neighborhood of Rancho Tesoro? Despite many residents fighting this during January’s meeting, city council voted for it anyway…not caring about the residents concerns. In order to stop them…we need a referendum – about 6,000 signatures the next couple weeks.
This development will attend Double Peak. Residents want concerns of traffic and overcrowded schools addressed first.
If you haven’t signed, here are some dates:
Upcoming petition hours at Starbucks (on S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd. next to Flippin Pizza)
* Mon, Feb 5, 6-8pm
* Wed, Feb 7, 6-8pm
* Wed, Feb 16, 6-8pm
* Mon, Feb 19, 6-8pm
* Wed, Feb 21, 6-8pm
Must be San Marcos resident and registered voter!
Brookfield has started their own campaign, creating fake accounts and asking for signatures to UNSIGN the petition.
Anti Brookfield Homes on Twin Oaks Facebook Page
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A group of residents who have expressed frustration with the pace of development in San Marcos said the City Council’s recent approval a 220-home development on Twin Oaks Valley Road is the final straw.The group of residents plans to pursue a referendum to reverse the council’s 4-1 approval of Brookfield Residential Properties’ proposal, which would re-zone about 23 acres near the southwest corner of Twin Oaks Valley Road and Village Drive — just south of Cal State San Marcos — from commercial to residential to pave the way for the new homes. Residents packed council chambers on Jan. 23 to urge the council to vote against the second reading of the ordinance approving the project. The council had voted two weeks earlier to approve the first reading.They said that the city is approving residential development at a much faster pace than the infrastructure needed to support it, pointing to overcrowding at San Marcos’ schools and congestion on key roads and State Highway 78 as evidence.“It’s the next development on the docket and we are fed up,” said Kelly Shipley, one of the chief organizers of the opposition. “What we want to see is development with infrastructure to support it.”Their message to the council was clear: slow down.
READ MORE VIA Source: Residents decry San Marcos housing development approval – The Coast News Group
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Campaign to focus on reducing traffic, improving infrastructure and protecting quality of life
Three-term City Councilman Chris Orlando today announced his campaign for Mayor of San Marcos. Orlando, who has served on the San Marcos City Council since 2006, announced his intention to run for mayor through social media and an email to supporters.
“My priorities as mayor will be reducing traffic congestion, keeping city finances and infrastructure strong, planning for our future with a more thoughtful approach toward growth, and constantly focusing on improving the quality of life in San Marcos for families, students, and seniors,” said Orlando.
In addition to serving on the Council, Orlando has represented San Marcos on the Board of Directors of the San Diego Association of Governments as the city’s primary member and first alternate since 2014. From 2007 to 2012 he was a member of the North County Transit District’s Board of Directors, serving as chairman from 2010 to 2012 and vice chairman from 2009 to 2010. Before his election to the Council, he was vice chairman of the city’s Planning Commission, serving on the panel from January 2005 to December 2006. He has previously served on the boards of directors for the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce and San Diego Youth and Community Services.
Orlando has been an active part of the San Marcos community for 16 years. As a community member, he advocated for improved fire protection and smarter development, and worked to add the citizens’ voice to city decisions. Orlando has been a strong advocate for schools and improving infrastructure – opposing projects that add to crowded schools and bring more traffic.
“When I was first elected to City Council in 2006, my goal was to be a strong voice for the residents of San Marcos,” said Orlando. “In my time on City Council, I’ve tried to do exactly that – standing up when I thought residents’ voices were not being heard.”
Orlando was the lone “no” vote on the San Marcos City Council in two recent controversial development decisions. In November 2016, the Council voted 4-1 to approve the Highlands project, which annexed unincorporated county land into the city and up-zoned it for the development of 189 units. In January 2018, the Council voted 4-1 to grant Brookfield Homes a General Plan Amendment to build 218 units adjacent to an existing 346-unit project that is under development. A referendum is currently being circulated by residents to overturn the Council’s decision to approve that General Plan Amendment. Orlando voted against both projects based on their traffic impact and a lack of capacity in the schools that would serve the new communities.
The election for San Marcos Mayor takes place November 6, 2018.