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Graduation season in San Marcos

Graduation season in San Marcos

Expect traffic delays expected for the next two weekends

San Marcos, CA— Springtime in North County’s education hub means one thing—San Marcos students are getting ready to graduate.

With Cal State San Marcos hosting commencement ceremonies Friday, May 19 and Saturday, May 20 and Palomar hosting commencement on Friday, May 26, I-15 and SR-78 travelers can expect increased traffic delays around the college areas.

While the increase in traffic congestion is familiar to city residents, students and commuters alike, the City of San Marcos is pleased to report that continued relief is on the way.

In the city’s ongoing efforts to get motorists moving and improve traffic flow, several roadway improvement projects are lined up over the next five years.

Planned projects include upgrades to the Traffic Management Center (TMC)’s server and software, traffic signal equipment, as well as communication lines between the TMC and the traffic signals. In addition to improved staff and equipment response times to changing traffic conditions, these enhancements will allow traffic signals to handle more complex intersection configuration conditions.

During graduation season and periods of roadway construction, drive with caution and provide ample time to reach your destination safely and on time.

For more information about Palomar College commencement, visit www2.palomar.edu. To see Cal State San Marcos’ commencement schedule, visit www.csusm.edu/commencement.

To learn more about planned road improvements in San Marcos, contact the city’s Public Works Department at (760) 752-7550.

TRAFFIC ALERT: Nighttime road closures scheduled along San Marcos Boulevard beginning May 9th


San Marcos Boulevard between Tiger Way and Rancheros Drive will close from 8 pm to 5 am on Tuesday, May 9 and Wednesday, May 10 as crews work to overlay the intersection with asphalt concrete. Traffic on San Marcos Boulevard will be detoured via Tiger Way, Autumn Drive, Richmar Avenue and Mission Road.

Although two-way traffic will be maintained along Twin Oaks Valley Road and nighttime hours will minimize impacts to motorists, traffic delays are anticipated and motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes during the work period. Standard traffic control measures with advanced warning signs and detour directions will be in place.

Delays in the schedule may occur due to inclement weather conditions.

For more information, contact the city’s Public Works Department at (760) 752-7550. To receive automatic traffic and roadwork updates, register for the city’s email notifications by visiting www.san-marcos.net/alerts.

San Marcos Creek Specific Plan Update

San Marcos Creek District Specific Plan Update

In case you missed it, the San Marcos Creek Oversight Committee met this week on Monday, April 24  to continue reviewing possible updates to the San Marcos Creek Specific Plan. Meeting materials are now available online at www.san-marcos.net/creekdistrict.

COMMITTEE MEETING AND WORKSHOP MATERIALS
Agenda – April 24, 2017 Framework Principles Presentation
  Retail Market Study Presentation
  Preliminary Conceptual Land Use Alternatives
  Outreach and Engagement Update

About the Specific Plan Update

In 2007, the San Marcos Creek Specific Plan was adopted by City Council and accepted by the community to shape the future of the Creek District into a new downtown area.

Envisioned to pair with the North City (University District) Specific Plan to create a comprehensive downtown in the heart of San Marcos, the 2007 plan included 2,300 dwelling units; more than one million square feet of retail and/or commercial space; 589,000 square feet of office space; a 20-acre park and 74 acres of urban open space.

Beginning in 2015, City Council requested a review of the plan that recognizes a changing economy, new demand for housing options and changing community preferences.  Retail and market realities have changed the dynamic and demand of development in San Marcos since the original Specific Plan was adopted.

Given the loss of redevelopment funds, increase in online marketplaces, and the growth in the San Marcos community over the last ten years, the Creek Specific Plan is being updated to maximize the potential and opportunities of the Creek District while maintaining as much of the original community vision as possible.

Specific Plan Update Process

The Creek Specific Plan will be updated and amended in two phases. The first phase involves updating the vision and land use plan for the Creek District.  The second phase entails amending the technical documents, presentations to the Planning Commission and the City Council, and final adoption anticipated by Summer 2018.

Phase 1, Updating the Vision

Phase 2, Amending the Specific Plan

Stay Informed

Throughout the course of the update there will be multiple ways to get involved and share your feedback:

  • Monthly stakeholder meetings
  • 2 public workshops (dates coming soon)
  • An online survey (under development)

The summer edition of The City of San Marcos 360

The summer edition of the San Marcos 360 is now available online and will be delivered to San Marcos residents and businesses this week.

Featuring articles on upcoming road improvements,  emerging business industry clusters, summer recreation opportunities, water safety, wildfire preparedness, and more, the free magazine serves to connect residents to their government.

San Marcos 360 is published three times per year by the city of San Marcos and includes timely news about the city along with a complete guide to the city’s parks and recreation offerings.

Inside, residents and visitors can also discover exciting recreational activities, special events, day camps, enrichment programs and classes, sporting leagues, and senior programs.

Rancho Santa Fe Road makeover to continue through summer

Motorists should expect delays from La Mirada Drive to Security Place

Rancho Santa Fe Road makeover to continue through summer

After a brief construction pause, work on the $3 million Rancho Santa Fe Road makeover will continue through the summer.

Beginning the week of Monday, April 17, north and southbound traffic will be reduced to one lane along sections of Rancho Santa Fe Road as follows:

  • April 17 to April 21:          La Mirada Drive to Linda Vista Drive
  • April 24 to April 28:          Linda Vista Drive to 1st Street
  • May 1 to May 19:             1st Street to Security Place
  • May 22 to May 24:           La Mirada Drive to Security Place

Delays should be expected during peak hours and prolonged lane closures will affect normal traffic. Heavy equipment will be on the street within constructions zones and flagmen, where needed, will be directing traffic to ease congestion. Although two-way traffic will be maintained, traffic delays are anticipated and motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes during construction. Commuters should plan ahead by leaving early to arrive at their destinations on time.

During construction, businesses will remain open and work will be coordinated to minimize obstruction to shopping center access. Residents and businesses directly affected by the street restoration will receive advanced notice of work.

“We appreciate continued patience from motorists, businesses and schools during these important repairs,” said City Manager Jack Griffin. “While this work will create temporary inconveniences getting around town, these much needed repairs pave the way for lasting improvements.”

As crews work to finish these major improvements, motorists can continue to expect intermittent southbound and northbound single lane closures through June. Delays in the schedule may occur due to inclement weather.

With an anticipated completion of summer 2017, the major facelift is restoring the roadway and extending the life of the driving surfaces along Rancho Santa Fe Road from Lakeridge Drive to Descanso Avenue. Some portions of the roadway require pavement removal and replacement, while other segments need surface grinding prior to the final pavement overlay.

“Traffic flow is important to our residents and keeping city streets in good condition keeps motorists moving and improves overall traffic safety,” said Griffin.

For more information, updated schedules and anticipated traffic impacts, visit www.san-marcos.net/roadwork or call Associate Civil Engineer Isaac Etchamendy at (760) 744-1050, ext. 3273. Traffic alerts will also be published to the city’s Facebook and Twitter pages.

Life atop Double Peak ‘an adventure’ – The San Diego Union-Tribune

There are a handful of coveted sites in North County, where people get paid or live rent free to live at and watch over city parks, including Double Peak in San Marcos.

READ MORE VIA Source: Life atop Double Peak ‘an adventure’ – The San Diego Union-Tribune

Public meeting announcement for new proposed project on Twin Oaks near South Lake.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC WORKSHOP

WHEN: WHERE: PROJECT:

Wednesday, April 19, 2017, 6:00 PM
City of San Marcos – Valley of Discovery Room, 1 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos, CA Brookfield Residential Properties “MU-4 Area” – P17-0015: Specific Plan 17-002, General Plan Amendment 17-002, Rezone 17-001, Tentative Subdivision Map 17-003, Multi-Family Site Development Plan 17-002, Grading Variance 17-003

This notice is to inform you of an upcoming public workshop for the proposed Brookfield Residential Properties MU-4 project. The proposed project includes a Specific Plan Amendment, General Plan Amendment, and Zone Change to modify the permitted land uses onsite from Heart of the City Specific Plan “Business Park” and Public Institutional (PI) to Heart of the City Specific Plan “Low Medium Density Residential” (8-12 dwelling units per acre); a Tentative Subdivision Map and Multi-Family Site Development Plan to construct 218 attached residential condominium units; and, a Grading Variance to allow for slopes in excess of 20 feet. The project site is located at the southwest corner of South Twin Oaks Valley Road and South Village Drive. The workshop is intended to provide to the public an overview of the proposed project by the developer and an opportunity to inquire and comment on the proposed project. For more information, please contact Art Piñon in the Planning Division at (760) 744-1050, extension 3234, or email at apinon@san-marcos.net, or visit the Development Services counter during the week between 7:30 am and 5:30 pm. Note: We are closed every other Friday.

5TH ANNUAL GRAND SPRING FESTIVAL & STREET FAIRE-The City of San Marcos and the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce

25TH ANNUAL GRAND SPRING FESTIVAL 
& STREET FAIRE

Sunday, April 9, 2017,  

9AM-5PM
ARTISANS, CRAFTS, COMMUNITY BUSINESSES,
children’s attractions and carnival rides; a showcase of local talent on the San Marcos Community Stage; varied and delicious food options and a stage with live music! All along Via Vera Cruz in San Marcos.
Bring your family and friends and enjoy a beautiful San Marcos day for fun in the sun!
Click Here to check out the stage schedule to see who’s performing and when. You don’t want to miss these great talents.
The City of San Marcos and the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce

San Marcos Unified School District Superintendent Selection Community Forums

Dear San Marcos Families,

The San Marcos Unified Governing Board has selected Dave Long & Associates Executive Search Services as the consultant to assist the Board in their search for a new superintendent.

The Board wishes to extend an invitation to all members of the community to meet with advisers, Dr. John A. Roach and Beverly M. Hempstead, on the following dates, time and location to discuss the specific traits, skills, abilities and experience desired in the new superintendent:

March 15, 2017 6:30 – 9:00pm – San Marcos High School – Room 205, 2nd Floor

March 22, 2017 6:30 – 9:00pm – Mission Hills High School – Library

Community members can also provide input regarding the Superintendent Selection criteria by completing a brief survey HERE.

Hard copies of the survey will also be available at District schools and the SMUSD District Office located at 255 Pico Avenue, Suite 250, San Marcos, CA 92069 and may be returned to the district office or mailed to:

John Roach or Beverly M. Hempstead, DLA Advisers
c/o Henry Voros
San Marcos Unified School District
255 Pico Avenue, Suite 250 San Marcos, CA 92069

All survey responses are due on or before APRIL 11, 2017.

San Marcos Mayor delivers State of the City Address

Mayor Jim Desmond delivered San Marcos’ 2017 State of the City Address on Tuesday, Feb. 28 as part of the San Marcos Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors’ Installation and Awards Luncheon program.

Presented to an audience packed with leaders, entrepreneurs, non-profits, local businesses, residents and others devoted to San Marcos, Mayor Jim Desmond’s talk highlighted the most significant accomplishments of the last year and outlined upcoming goals in the areas of public safety, parks and community services, community development, traffic and transportation and other quality of life issues.

“The priorities of the city are safety, management or resources and quality of life,” said Mayor Desmond. “In 2016, we had much to be proud of.”

Recent achievements included a 22 percent decrease in reported crimes, aggressive flood management, above average San Marcos Fire Department response times, maintaining and improving city infrastructure, the addition of fifteen new development projects in the pipeline, and a balanced budget of nearly $70 million. In 2017, residents can expect traffic relief as the city works with Caltrans to widen State Route 78 between Woodland Parkway and Twin Oaks Valley Road. By 2018, construction will start on two new bridges over the San Marcos Creek at Via Vera Cruz and Bent Avenue.

Mayor Desmond also applauded the city’s economic achievements and noted that San Marcos is the education hub of North County San Diego.

“In San Marcos, we continue to build upon our foundation as the education hub of North County; within that foundation is jobs and economic vitality,” said Mayor Desmond. “With education as our backbone, we are uncovering San Marcos’ economic potential together.”

In his address, the Mayor stressed the importance of the community partnerships to tackle the various issues facing the city—issues such as the move to by-district elections, increasing retirement costs, and re-calibrating the San Marcos Creek District plan to accommodate changing retail and housing demands.

Desmond stated, “We’re [the City of San Marcos] proactively addressing challenges ahead and leaning on our partnerships to drive overall regional success. We will not be the economic engine that could, or should, but the engine that will get the job done.”

The 2017 State of the City Address will be rebroadcast on San Marcos TV during the month of March on Cox Communications Channel 19, Timer Warner Cable Channel 24, AT&T U-Verse Channel 99 or on demand at www.san-marcos.net.

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