Downtown Watsonville Specific Plan

4 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
City of Watsonville
Document Title
Downtown Watsonville Specific Plan
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Present Land Use
Central Commercial. General Industrial, Institutional, Multiple R-HD, Neighborhood Commercial, Office, Public Facilities, Single Family R-LD, and Thoroughfare Commercial/Central Commercial, General Commercial, Industrial. Public/Quasi-Public, R-HD, and R-LD
Document Description
The proposed project consists of the Downtown Watsonville Specific Plan. The proposed Specific Plan has been developed to articulate a community vision and a planning framework for the downtown area that would serve as a guide for the City and other public agency decision makers, community members, and stakeholders over the next 20 to 30 years. The proposed Specific Plan provides a land use and mobility plan along with development and design regulations to guide future public and private development projects in the downtown area of Watsonville. The land use components of the Specific Plan would help the City achieve its objective of incorporating higher density commercial and housing opportunities by accommodating additional residential uses in a compact and active mixed-use environment through both new construction and adaptive reuse of historic or existing buildings. The Specific Plan envisions or is designed to accommodate within the downtown area the addition of 3,886 new residential units; 231,151 square feet of commercial development, 376,827 square feet of industrial development, and 114,572 square feet of civic space.

Contact Information

George Dix
Agency Name
Rincon Consultants, Inc.
Job Title
Senior Project Manager
Contact Types
Consulting Firm

Justin Meek
Agency Name
City of Watsonville
Job Title
Principal Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant


Santa Cruz
Citywide, Northern California
Cross Streets
Multiple, Main Street, SR 129
Total Acres
Parcel #
Multiple; many parcels in the Downtown Area
State Highways
152, 129
Watsonville Municipal Airport
Yes; multiple
Salsipuedes Creek, Pajaro River, Watsonville Slo

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Coastal Commission (CCC), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marin Region 7 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 5 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, Central Coast Region 3 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, District 5, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), Department of Toxic Substances Control, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 (CDFW)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), Department of Toxic Substances Control, California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 (CDFW)
Development Types
Other (Specific Plan: no development proposed at this time)
Local Actions
Specific Plan
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Economics/Jobs, Energy, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Growth Inducement, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mandatory Findings of Significance, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Schools/Universities, Sewer Capacity, Solid Waste, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Utilities/Service Systems, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire, Archaeologic-Historic, Water Supply
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


Draft Environmental Document [Draft IS, NOI_NOA_Public notices, OPR Summary Form, Appx,]
Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form

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