Palomar Commons


SCH Number
Lead Agency
City of Carlsbad
Document Title
Palomar Commons
Document Type
NEG - Negative Declaration
Present Land Use
Vacant (under demolition)/Commercial Tourist/Travel/Recreation Commercial
Document Description
NOTE: Review Per Lead A request for a General Plan Amendment, Zone Change, Site Development Plan, Special Use Permit, four Conditional Use Permits, and a Variance to allow the development of a 185,246 sf retail commercial center on 16.55 acres located at the southwest corner of Palomar Airport Road and El Camino Real. The General Plan Amendment will create new text and Land Use designation of General Commercial (GC) and change the existing land use from Travel Recreation/Commercial (T-R) and a portion (.87 acre) of Planned Industrial (PI) to General Commercial (GC). A Zone Change from Commercial Tourist- Qualified development overlay (C-T-Q) and Planned Industrial (PM) (.87 acre) to General Commercial (C-2-Q) will implement the new land use designations. The Special Use Permit is for the development adjacent to the El Camino Real Scenic Corridor. The Conditional Use Permits will allow gas station/carwash, drive thru facilities for the bank, and a modification of the entrance to the adjacent San Diego County Animal Control facility. The variance is for the modification of the overall and individual sign area and letter height allowance for the home improvement store. The project will modify the entrance to the San Diego County Animal Shelter, add a new signalized intersection on Palomar Airport Road, close the existing left turn lane onto the project site on northbound El Camino Real, and add new deceleration lanes for project entrances on Palomar Airport Rd and El Camino Real. The project will also modify the northbound left turn lane on El Camino Real to Palomar Airport Road to provide dual left turn lanes at the intersection and construct a separate eastbound right turn lane only lane on Palomar Airport Road at the El Camino Real intersection. The project will require grading with an import of soil material. The project site was formerly developed as the Olympic Resort and Spa, which included an 80 room hotel, restaurant, health club, spa, conference center, parking lot, tennis courts and a golf driving range.

Contact Information

Van Lynch
Agency Name
City of Carlsbad
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Diego
Cross Streets
Palomar Airport Rd and El Camino Real
Total Acres
Parcel #
213-020-18-00 AKA 760-221-015
Carlsbad and San Marcos Unified School Districts

Notice of Completion

Review Period Start
Review Period End
Development Types
Commercial (Sq. Ft. 185,246, Acres 16.5)
Local Actions
General Plan Amendment, General Plan Element, Site Plan, Rezone, Use Permit, Variance
Project Issues
Air Quality, Cultural Resources, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Noise, Transportation, Vegetation
Reviewing Agencies
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 11 (DOT), California Highway Patrol, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Diego Region 9 (RWQCB), Caltrans, Division of Aeronautics, Department of Water Resources, Resources Agency, Department of Toxic Substances Control
Reviewing Agency Comments
Department of Toxic Substances Control

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