Facing high demand for housing and less call for retail space, San Marcos is overhauling a decade-old plan that outlines what sort of development will go into is long-desired downtown core. City officials, looking for public input to help reshape the downtown plan, will hold a community workshop to tackle the topic next month. The goal is to have plan updated by next summer.For years, San Marcos has dreamed of building a mix of retail, office and housing to create — from scratch — a downtown core in an area it has dubbed the Creek District. The Creek District Specific Plan outlines what can be built and where. It includes 214 acres straddling the San Marcos Creek, parallel to San Marcos Boulevard, in the area of Bent Avenue, Grand Avenue and Discovery Street.The original plan called for roughly 2,300 residential units, 1.2 million square feet of retail space and 589,000 square feet of office space. READ MORE VIA Source: San Marcos rethinking downtown development plan – The San Diego Union-Tribune
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Work to update the San Marcos Creek Specific Plan is well underway. Over the past month, the project team and San Marcos Creek Oversight Committee have been focused on developing land use alternatives for the Creek District with the goal of providing balanced and flexible land uses.
The San Marcos Creek Specific Plan Oversight Committee provided a progress report to the San Marcos City Council on Tuesday, June 27 and held its monthly meeting on Monday, July 24.
During the progress report, an overview of the planning effort and latest land use alternatives were presented.
Appointed by City Council, the Oversight Committee is a group of 15 individuals that represent the business community and residents of San Marcos responsible for monitoring the progress of the Specific Plan Update and making recommendations to City Council.
All Oversight Committee meetings are open to the public and community members are welcome to attend. A community workshop is slated for September 19 from 6 to 8 pm at City Hall (see below).
Upcoming key project dates and events include:
- San Marcos Creek District Oversight Committee Meeting #6
Monday, August 28 at 6 pm
Valley of Discovery Conference Room, City Hall
1 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos
- Community Workshop #1
Tuesday, Sept. 19 from 6 to 8 pm (corrected from previous email)
Council Chambers, City Hall
1 Civic Center Drive, San Marcos
Project information and materials from the Oversight Committee meetings are available on the city’s project website at www.san-marcos.net/creekdistrict.
The city of San Marcos still has room for large-scale projects, although the lack of redevelopment funds may make construction difficult.
Along with many projects, the 214-acre San Marcos’ Creek District Specific Plan was about to be implemented when the state of California eliminated redevelopment agencies in 2012.
While that financing vehicle is gone, city officials and developers are proceeding on the assumption the money will somehow be cobbled together.
Located along San Marcos Creek, between Discovery Street and San Marcos Boulevard, the plan calls for 2,300 residential dwelling units, 1,265,000 square feet of retail and as much as 589,000 square feet of office space.
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