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Community workshop planned for San Marcos Creek District

Post Date:09/05/2017 8:00 AM
San Marcos Creek District Workshop Postcard
 San Marcos Creek District vacant landCurrent view of the San Marcos Creek District Specific Plan area.

The City of San Marcos will host a community workshop on Tuesday, Sept. 19 from 6 to 8 pm at City Hall, 1 Civic Center Drive, to gather input from residents to help shape the future of the San Marcos Creek District Specific Plan.

Originally adopted in 2007, the San Marcos Creek Specific Plan was accepted by the community as a blueprint to shape the Creek District into a new downtown area. Spanning 214 acres, the original plan called for 2,300 residential units, 1.2 million square feet of retail space and 589,000 square feet of office space to be built along the San Marcos Creek, parallel to San Marcos Boulevard.

Because of the loss of redevelopment funds, increase in online marketplaces, and growth in the San Marcos community over the past ten years, the San Marcos City Council requested a plan update that recognizes a new demand for housing options and the changing economy and community preferences. 

“The goal is to deliver a plan that is vibrant, achievable and consistent with community vision,” said City Manager Jack Griffin.

The plan will be updated and amended in two phases. The first phase involves revising the vision and land use options for the Creek District. Phase two entails amending the technical documents, presenting changes to the Planning Commission and the City Council and reaching final adoption by summer 2018.

A citizen committee representing San Marcos residents and businesses - the San Marcos Creek Specific Plan Oversight Committee - is responsible for monitoring the progress of the update and making recommendations to City Council. To include more community voices in the overhaul, the city expanded its citizens’ oversight committee for the project from 10 to 15 members.

Over the past several months, the committee has focused on developing land use alternatives for the Creek District to provide balance and flexibility.

During the workshop, San Marcos Creek Specific Plan Oversight Committee members, city staff and technical consultants will be on hand to discuss land use options and answer questions.

To learn more about the San Marcos Creek District and the plan update process, visit or call the San Marcos Creek District Hotline at (760) 744-1050, ext. 4516. Comments and questions about the Creek District can also be emailed the project team at

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