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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.

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.

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.

San Elijo Hills Towncenter Update from San Elijo Hills Development Company & Ambient Communities

San Elijo Hills Towncenter Update from San Elijo Hills Development Company & Ambient Communities 
Dear San Elijo Hills Residents,

As an update to last year’s town hall meeting (during which we shared the designs that you’ve seen reflected on the banners in the Towncenter), we are happy to report that we have been working cooperatively with Ambient Communities, and the City of San Marcos toward finalized designs and approvals for the second phase of San Elijo Hills Towncenter.

In that effort, we are very hopeful to receive a Site Development Permit before the end of March. Assuming we and the City are able to meet this important milestone, we intend to process the Precise Improvement Plans starting in March so that we can begin grading by early June. Vertical construction is planned for September, with the first shops opening their doors around April of 2018.

Ambient has been actively considering leasing interest for the past many months and looks forward to announcing the first businesses by mid-Summer of this year. A sincere thank you to many of you who have referred the Towncenter to businesses you would like to see open shop here in your community.

As we progress over the next several months, we will continue to provide updates to our efforts and refinements to these anticipated timelines.

San Elijo Hills Development Company & Ambient Communities

Deputies, volunteers to ramp up retail patrols during holidays in San Marcos


In cooperation with the countywide “Holiday Watch” effort, the City of San Marcos and the San Marcos Sheriff’s Station announced that they will be continuing to ramp up patrols in three popular San Marcos shopping areas during the holiday season. The effort will be done to help curtail thefts during the busy shopping season.

“We believe high visibility patrols on-site combined with educational outreach efforts during peak shopping days will keep San Marcos residents safe and sound this holiday season,” explained San Marcos Sheriff’s Captain Mike McClain.

San Marcos’ program will be focused around the City’s two largest shopping centers: Creekside Marketplace, Grand Plaza and Nordahl Center. Stationed at all three located since Thursday, Nov. 23, Holiday Watch will remain in place through Saturday, Dec. 24. The vehicles will be staffed by sheriff’s deputies and crime prevention staff.

Senior volunteer patrol officers will also be there to hand out educational materials to shoppers during the operation. The handouts will focus on safe holiday shopping practices. The volunteers will also increase their patrols along with the sworn deputies.

For more information about the San Marcos Holiday Watch program, please contact City of San Marcos Communications Officer Sarah Macdonald at (760) 744-1050, ext. 3174.

Last Call: Residents encouraged to apply for various San Marcos City commissions and committees

City of San Marcos officials are encouraging residents to get involved and make a difference in their community by applying for open positions on the Community Services Commission, Planning Commission, San Marcos Community Foundation, Traffic Commission and San Marcos Creek Specific Plan Oversight Commission.

The deadline to apply for each of these openings is Friday, Dec. 16 at 5:30 pm. Appointments will be made after public interviews are conducted by the City Council during its regular meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 10 at 6 pm. Candidates should be prepared to provide a brief presentation discussing their background and qualifications for the desired position.

Detailed eligibility requirements, application instructions and interview requirements are available online at www.san-marcos.net/commissions or by visiting 1 Civic Center Drive.

Two positions are open on city’s Community Services Commission, which has the responsibility of advising the City Council in matters pertaining to the creation, operation, maintenance, management and control of the community recreation programs, of playgrounds and indoor and outdoor recreation, activities, and facilities.

The Planning Commission has four openings for individuals interested in evaluating and making decisions on a variety of land use matters for both long-range and short-range planning within the City of San Marcos. The commission conducts public hearings on significant planning, zoning and land subdivision matters such as specific plans, subdivision maps, conditional use permits and rezones; and handling any other matters as required by the municipal code.

Four positions are open on the San Marcos Community Foundation, which serves to enrich the quality of life for the community of San Marcos by serving as a nonprofit public benefit corporation providing grants to other nonprofit organizations that assist the city or its residents.

The Traffic Commission has three vacancies for residents looking to seek ways to improve traffic conditions, operations and safety, and the administration of enforcement of traffic regulations.

Finally, eight positions are open on the San Marcos Creek Specific Plan Oversight Committee. This body was created for the purpose of monitoring the implementation of the San Marcos Creek Specific Plan as well as conducting a formal progress report on the San Marcos Creek Specific Plan

For more information about applying for a vacancy, please contact the San Marcos City Clerk at (760) 744-1050, ext. 3145 or cityclerk@san-marcos.net.

For more information about the city’s commissions, please visit www.san-marcos.net.

Winter/spring edition of City of San Marcos 360

The winter/spring edition of the City of San Marcos 360 Magazine is now available. Residents and businesses will be receiving the publication in their mailboxes this week. Featuring articles on award winning schools, development updates, holiday safety tips, the city’s move to district elections and more, the free magazine serves to connect residents to their government.

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

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

For more information or to view the publication online, visit www.san-marcos.net/newsletter.

City of San Marcos hires new development services director

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Dahvia Lynch, former Chief Planning Officer for North County Transit District, will serve as the new Development Services Director for the City of San Marcos.

“After an extensive and competitive recruitment process, we have found the right person to step into this critical role,” said City Manager Jack Griffin. “Ms. Lynch brings a wealth of planning, project management and general management experience to the team with an understanding for the San Marcos vision—a well-planned community that promotes the interest of all its residents.”

Stepping into the new role Monday, Nov. 14, Lynch said it is an exciting time to join San Marcos.

“San Marcos is a vibrant community with opportunities to move the right kind of development forward,” said Lynch. “I am eager to support progress and the evolution of a community that has something for everybody.”

As the Development Services Director, Lynch will assume full responsibility for of the Development Services Department including planning, building, and land development engineering services and activities. She will be charged with facilitating a customer-centered environment that focuses on efficient, accurate, consistent and positive outcomes while coordinating land use and building approvals for all development.

“One of my first priorities is to advance the city’s customer service and economic development goals,” said Lynch. “My focus will be on improving existing protocols for processing private and public projects so that we are as efficient as possible while respecting an existing regulatory framework.”

With more than 15 years of land use planning and project management experience, Ms. Lynch brings a track record of successful capital project delivery and executive leadership in government agencies.

While with North County Transit District, Lynch was responsible for overseeing planning staff in performing transit service planning and contractor performance management, environmental planning, and regulatory compliance for capital and operational programs. During her tenure, she established a fully functioning division while establishing a business plan, strategic framework, capital program, and improving processes and procedures for highly skilled staff.

Lynch played a significant role at North County Transit District by drafting proposals for joint development at three transit stations and led the Solana Beach Joint Development project through successful procurement.

Ms. Lynch also worked for the County of San Diego for twelve years on long-range and current planning activities, capital project management and in executive leadership with a focus on organizational dynamics and process improvement.

“My greatest accomplishments have revolved around improving development processes associated with public projects,” said Lynch. “It is extremely meaningful when you can see a tangible project delivered to the community.”

Lynch earned a Masters of Urban Planning and a Bachelor’s of Planning, Public Policy and Administration. She is recognized by the American Institute of Certified Planner as a Certified Environmental Planner and is a LEED Accredited Professional.

“I am humbled and at the same time excited about this opportunity to serve the community of San Marcos. I’m eager to get started, immediately working to listen, to foster a team environment, and above all, to contribute to the quality of life for our entire community,” said Lynch.

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