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San Marcos rethinking downtown development plan – The San Diego Union-Tribune

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

Work to update the San Marcos Creek Specific Plan

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 is piecing together creek project

SAN MARCOS — The city of San Marcos has started eminent domain proceedings to acquire small portions of several residential properties that stand in the way of a long-planned project to overhaul San Marcos Creek and build two new bridges in the area.

Source: San Marcos piecing together creek project | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com

San Marcos still has room for major developments

University District in San Marcos

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.

READ MORE VIA Source: San Diego Source > News > San Marcos still has room for major developments

New momentum for San Marcos Creek District | UTSanDiego.com

New momentum for San Marcos Creek District

City secures $26M in grants; first project approved

— After years of inactivity because of the economy and the demise of redevelopment agencies, there’s new momentum this year behind plans to create a large shopping and housing district on a 217-acre flood plain in the heart of San Marcos.

City officials recently secured $26 million in federal and state grants needed for $47 million in infrastructure work aimed at making the mostly empty area more appealing to developers.

That work is expected to begin in fall 2016 and conclude two years later, said Mike Edwards, the city’s director of public works.

READ MORE via New momentum for Creek District | UTSanDiego.com.

San Marcos Development Updates

View from top-TJ to Catalina

This custom Google Map, http://www.sanmarcoshighlands.com/sanmarcosdevelopments.html, was created by layering all of the projects found in the official San Marcos development update doc (www.ci.san-marcos.ca.us/index.aspx?page=356) and specific plan areas found in the General Plan (www.ourcityourfuture.com).

We share this information with San Elijo Hills to give viability to all that is going on in San Marcos, as we consider the impact of shopping, dinning, educational  and recreational open space needs.

More info on the Creek District / University District, here is website that shows the vision… http://www.northcity.co/# Read more

San Marcos awarded $1 million grant for San Marcos Creek District

The City of San Marcos accepted a $1 million grant on Nov. 28 from the California Natural Resources Agency to help construct a portion of the San Marcos Creek District. The grant funds will help pay for construction of the Creekside Promenade, a nearly one-mile, multi-use trail that will meander along San Marcos Creek with open space areas and amenities. It will also restore more than three acres of adjacent riparian habitat through re-vegetation of native flora and stormwater management practices.

“This grant is another step in the right direction in terms of moving this project forward,” said City Manager Jack Griffin.

The San Marcos Creek District is a 214-acre comprehensive “downtown” plan for San Marcos that will include mixed-use development, a 73-acre habitat preserve, environmental enhancements, and infrastructure improvements like streets, parkways, bridges and flood control.

The San Marcos Creek District is centrally located within San Marcos. It is adjacent to San Marcos Boulevard, the City’s primary commercial corridor, and a mile or less from the San Marcos Town Center, Cal State San Marcos and Palomar College. The project is bounded on the north by San Marcos Boulevard, on the south and west by Discovery Street, and on the east by Grand Avenue and SR-78.

The City received the environmental permits necessary to move forward with the project in February 2012. Shortly thereafter, vegetation clearing began in order to prepare the site for the first phase of public infrastructure improvements between Bent Avenue and Via Vera Cruz. These improvements are in the final stage of design and include habitat restoration/expansion; installation of a flood wall and linear park along Discovery Street; widening of Discovery Street; construction of Creekside Drive; and construction of the Creekside Promenade.

The California Natural Resources Agency awarded more than $34 million in funding for 33 proposed river parkway projects statewide. The competitive grant program is administered by the secretary for natural resources and awards funds to public agencies and non-profit organizations to develop river parkways in their communities.

“The river parkway grants help communities connect residents with nature, promote public health by providing families with greater outdoor recreational opportunities and protect the rivers that provide clean water,” explained California Secretary for Natural Resources John Laird.

Bugs and worms steal spotlight in wetland restoration (San Marcos Creek District) | UTSanDiego.com

Regulators are shifting from chemistry to biology as they manage stream health

As waterways go, San Marcos Creek is hardly iconic. Even in the spring, it’s barely noticeable next to the city’s hardware stores, banks and eateries.

But the stream has quietly gained regional significance as a test case for an emerging approach to regulating water quality that has broad implications for businesses, residents and aquatic species across California.

Instead of just minimizing the amount of various contaminants in the creek, regional pollution police will regulate how insects, worms and snails fare as San Marcos develops the “creek district.” A permit issued in January by the San Diego Regional Water Quality Control Board was the first of its kind in the region to include biological performance of a waterway as an enforceable standard.

READ MORE via Bugs and worms steal spotlight in wetland restoration | UTSanDiego.com.

Guest Post from Kristal Jabara Council Member City of San Marcos-What’s Happening in San Marcos

Kristal Jabara San Marcos City Council Member


What’s Happening in San Marcos

The City of San Marcos is clearing the way for a new downtown, literally.  Many of you may have driven by the San Marcos Creek, which runs parallel to Discovery Street, and noticed that the surrounding vegetation has been cleared.  What you see is the beginning of the first phase of work to be completed for the Creek District, a specific plan that covers more than 200 acres between San Marcos Boulevard and San Marcos Creek. Work on the project will continue over the next ten to twenty years, ultimately establishing a vibrant downtown for San Marcos.

Nearly twenty years in planning, the first phase of the project is now underway and includes the restoration of local habitat, flood control measures, the creation of Creekside Drive, and the construction of a linear park that will wind its way along the creek. Also included in the first phase of the project is a mixed use development known as The Residence and Shoppes at Creekside, which is expected to break ground this summer.

Although the clearing of vegetation has prompted many questions, the burning question I seem to hear most is, “What will happen to the Pink House”?  The over 100 year old ‘Pink House’ located at the corner of Discovery Street and Via Vera Cruz is on the California registry of historic homes. Many times a home such as this would be moved to Heritage Park, where other historic homes are currently located. However, because of its dilapidated condition and the cost associated with an extensive move, this seems unlikely.

Because the city would like to preserve the home in its most original state, we are now looking to relocate the home to a location within the Creek District and showcase it as a visitor information center.

Other major events in San Marcos are the state’s forced dissolution of the San Marcos Redevelopment Agency (RDA) and the quest for a new City Manager.  Both of these issues are quite significant for our city.

In February, the California State Supreme Court upheld the dissolution of all RDA’s across the state. For years San Marcos’s RDA, which was the second largest in the county, has been the instrument used to help rehabilitate our blighted neighborhoods and make our community a better place to live.  As the appointed successor agency in charge of overseeing the dissolution of the RDA, the City of San Marcos has been busy wading through the deep waters of a poorly written state law enacted to guide the successor agencies through this process. In typical California fashion, laws were abruptly put into place without addressing every facet of their consequences, so now cleanup language is being drafted and voted on by state policy makers to clarify this process. As a result, the city cannot yet properly assess the full impact of the dissolution, and I believe it will be months before we have a clearer understanding of the fiscal impact on our city. With this being said, I am confident we will overcome the obstacle of losing redevelopment.

The other major event currently taking place is the search for a new City Manager. Paul Malone, who has served the City of San Marcos for more than 20 years, is set to retire on April 30, 2012 and our search for a new manager is underway.  Candidates are being interviewed and we are optimistic that the selection of our next manager will be made soon.  San Marcos hasn’t had to search outside our own organization for a manager in over thirty years, so this is new territory for the council.  Fortunately, we have a well established and vibrant city making San Marcos an excellent place to work and live, which in turn has attracted dozens of well qualified applicants.

On a personal note, I have had the pleasure of working on a great committee, ICAC (Internet Crimes Against Children), that Council Member Rebecca Jones invited me to join.  The group has been working diligently on two Public Service Announcements that are soon to make their public premiere.  My hope is to have my next post coincides with the release of the PSA’s, so I can share with each of you the valuable information I have gained through ICAC.

There is so much taking place in our magnificent city and it is such an honor to be a part of the vision so many of us share.  I look forward to hearing from you; your questions and ideas help guide me and my fellow council members in our policies and direction.


Kristal Jabara
Council Member
City of San Marcos

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