After perhaps 15 years of waiting — and trying not to lose faith — San Elijo Hills residents will finally see restaurants and shops go up on vacant land in the commercial heart of the upscale community. Grading is set to begin next week on a weedy, fenced-in patch of dirt in the middle of the sprawling master-planned development in southern San Marcos. Construction should start around October, and the first businesses could open by next spring on the 5 acres of vacant land in what is essentially downtown San Elijo.“I know there has been skepticism. I hope to cure that in a few weeks as we start creating dust and showing people what a great project this is,” said Duncan Budinger, director of retail development for Ambient Communities, which is building the project. “We fully believe we are going to meet or exceed the expectations of the community.”
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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.
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)