University District Specific Plan

4 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
San Marcos, City of (City of San Marcos)
Document Title
University District Specific Plan
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preperation
Present Land Use
Current: Specific Plan Area Business Park and Neighborhood Commercial Proposed: Specific Plan Area - Mixed Use

Document Description
The project would amend the City's General Plan and Heart of the City Specific Plan to allow mixed-use development on approximately 203 acres. The amendment would change the land use designation to Mixed Use and would rezone the area from Specific Plan Area - Business Park and Neighborhood Commercial to Specific Plan Area - Mixed Use. The Specific Plan would include 2,600 residential units, 800 units of student housing, 450 hotel rooms, 750,000 square feet of general office, 300,000 square feet of medical office, 1,000,000 square feet of mixed use retail, 13.91 acres of park/developed open space, 30,000 square feet of community/civic use, 43.18 acres of public streets/sidewalks and 26.07 acres of preserved open space (associated with San Marcos Creek). It should be noted that up to 200 additional student housing units may be provided, but a corresponding decrease in residential units would be proposed (decreasing to 2,400 units). Additionally, the number of hotel rooms could increase to 600 rooms with a corresponding decrease in general office use by 100,000 square feet.

Contact Information
Jerry Backoff
City of San Marcos
1 Civic Center Drive
San Marcos, CA 92069-2918

Phone : (760) 744-1050 x3234


33°13'39"N 117°16'"W
San Marcos
San Diego
Cross Streets
Twin Oaks Valley/Barham
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
SR 78
NCTD Sprinter Line
San Marcos High,San Marcos Elementary
San Marcos Creek, Second San Diego Aqueduct

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Type
Residential (2,600 Units) Office (1,050,000 Sq. Ft.) Commercial (1,000,000 Sq. Ft.) Educational (Option for elementary school) Recreational (13.91 acres park/developed open space) Other (26.07 acres preserved open space,30,000 s.f. civic uses,800 unit)
Local Action
General Plan Update Specific Plan
Project Issues
Aesthetic/Visual Air Quality Archaeologic-Historic Biological Resources Geologic/Seismic Noise Population/Housing Balance Public Services Recreation/Parks Schools/Universities Sewer Capacity Soil Erosion/Compaction/Grading Toxic/Hazardous Traffic/Circulation Vegetation Water Quality Water Supply Wetland/Riparian Wildlife Growth Inducing Land Use Cumulative Effects
Reviewing Agencies
Air Resources Board, Transportation Projects California Department of Parks and Recreation California Highway Patrol Department of Housing and Community Development Department of Toxic Substances Control Department of Water Resources Office of Historic Preservation Regional Water Quality Control Board, Region 9 Resources Agency Department of Fish and Wildlife, Region 5 Caltrans, District 11 Native American Heritage Commission
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