University District Specific Plan

5 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
City of San Marcos
Document Title
University District Specific Plan
Document Type
FIN - Final Document
Document Description
The project would amend the City of San Marcos General Plan and Heart of the City Specific Plan to allow mixed-use development on approximately 194 acres. The site lies within the Heart of the City Specific Plan area within the Barbam Dr/Discovery Community Plan and is designated "Business Park", "Neighborhood Commercial" and "Specific Plan-Health Care Campus". The proposed 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-University District Mixed Use. Specifically, the project would develop 2,600 mixed-use residential units, 800 student housing units, 40 hotel rooms, 638,000 sf of general office, 300,000 sf of medical office, 1,000,000 sf of mixed-use retail/commercial, 30,000 sf of community/civic uses, 25.33 acres of parks/paseos/plazas and urban open space and 15.1 acres of preserved open space. There is also an option for an elementary school.

Contact Information

Jerry Backoff
Agency Name
City of San Marcos
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Marcos
San Diego
Cross Streets
Twin Oaks Valley Rd/Barham Dr
Total Acres
State Highways
SR 78
NCTD Spinter
Discovery,San Marcos ES,Mission Hills HS,San Marcos,Wood Park MS
San Marcos Creek, Lake San Marcos
Other Information
Scools: State San Marcos

Notice of Completion

Development Types
Residential (Units 2,600), Office (Sq. Ft. 938,000), Commercial (Sq. Ft. 1,000,000), Other (30,000 sfcivic;450 hotelrooms;800 unit student housing;15.1ac/os)
Local Actions
General Plan Amendment, Community Plan, Rezone, Redevelopment
Project Issues
Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Growth Inducement, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Noise, Public Services, Schools/Universities, Transportation, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildlife


Final Document(s) [Approved_Certified draft environmental documents]

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