Source: San Marcos City Website
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.
- Project boundaries and limits of development
- Amount, location, and orientation of office and retail
- More flexible standards
(allowed vs. required)
- Implementation strategies
- Vision for an urban, pedestrian-oriented, mixed-use community
- Creekside Promenade trails and park space (construction to begin late 2018)
- Vibrant public spaces for social interaction and sense of community