More than a quarter-century ago, Scripps Health had what turned out to be a short-lived plan to build a medical campus on 80 acres it owns west of Cal State San Marcos and just east of the San Marcos Creek.In the decades since, even as San Marcos grew up around it, the Scripps land has remained vacant.But that could change soon. Developer H.G. Fenton — which has had an option to buy the Scripps land since the early 2000s — has pitched plans to allow 230 homes on half of the Scripps land. The other half is slated to see a mix of offices, shops and residences, as well as a potential new school site and wetlands.The proposal also calls for the completion of Discovery Street, which the developers say could ease traffic on other roads, and possibly keep a few cars off nearby state Route 78.Under the best-case scenario for Fenton, construction on the south phase, including the completion of Discovery, would start in 2019.The development project is still in its infancy, but Fenton hosted an introduction to it last week, with the first public presentation to share the vision of what it calls Discovery Village.Fenton CEO Mike Neal said Friday he sees the project as a natural connection between the city’s plans to craft a downtown area by the creek to the west and the redevelopment of land north and east of the university.
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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)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
San Marcos, CA – The Vallecitos Water District experienced an overflow of approximately 1950 gallons of wastewater solids this morning that spilled out of a pressurized sewer pipe located on Redwing Street in San Marcos and into a storm drain that releases into San Marcos Creek. Vallecitos crews acted quickly to contain the spill by placing barriers around the storm drain to minimize the amount of solids that flowed to the creek. Further, the crews were able to collect 825 gallons of the spill, so that only 1125 gallons went downstream.
The cause of the spill was due to a break in a six inch pressurized pipe. The pipe is used to transport solid material that is removed during the wastewater treatment process at the District’s Meadowlark Water Reclamation Facility in Carlsbad to the Encina Wastewater Authority, near the coast in Carlsbad, where it is further treated and recycled. The pipe has exceeded its useful life and as a result, the Vallecitos Board of Directors approved the replacement of the entire solids line pipe. The replacement pipe is funded and the design is complete.
A customer notified Vallecitos staff of the spill at 7:10 A.M. Crews arrived at the spill site and had a pumping truck collecting the spill at 7:36 A.M. Investigation of the cause began immediately once crews were on-site. The remaining solids in the line were completely drained back to the Meadowlark plant to prevent further release by 7:45 A.M. The spill was completely contained by 8:23 A.M.
Cleanup and recovery is currently in progress with pumping trucks to remove as much of the solid material as possible from the storm drain, and the pipe is in the process of being repaired. The proper agencies have been notified and per the request of the County Department of Environmental Health, Vallecitos crews posted signs along San Marcos Creek at the La Costa Country Club Golf Course, where human contact may be possible.
About Vallecitos Water District: As an independent, special district, Vallecitos is dedicated to providing water, wastewater and reclamation services to approximately 97,000 people in a 45-square-mile area that includes San Marcos; the community of Lake San Marcos; portions of Carlsbad, Escondido and Vista; and other surrounding unincorporated areas. The public is invited to Board meetings, taking place at 4 p.m. the first and third Wednesday of each month at Vallecitos’ Administration Building – 201 Vallecitos de Oro, San Marcos. Board meetings are also televised on San Marcos TV. Visit www.san-marcos.net/smtv for a complete programming schedule.