Downtown Watsonville Specific Plan

4 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
City of Watsonville
Document Title
Downtown Watsonville Specific Plan
Document Type
EIR - Draft EIR
Present Land Use
Plan area is the downtown area of Watsonville, which is developed with many land uses and zoning districts, including: 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. 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

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
One major intersections within the plan area is the Main Street and Route 129
Total Acres
Approx. 195.5
Parcel #
Multiple; project is entire downtown area of Watsonville
State Highways
State Route 129, SR 152
Watsonville Muni Airport
Salsipuedes Creek, Pajaro River, Watsonville Slough
Other Location Info
Downtown Watsonville is located in the southern area of Santa Cruz County, approximately 14 miles southeast of the city of Santa Cruz and 16 miles north of the city of Salinas. The Downtown Watsonville Specific Plan Area (plan area) covers roughly 195.5 acres within Downtown Watsonville, with about 55.5 acres dedicated to streets and right-of-way. Downtown is centered on Main Street and extends west to the edge of existing neighborhoods and the industrial district, south to Pajaro, and several blocks east to the existing neighborhoods. State Route (SR) 152 runs through the center of the plan area and operates along portions of Main Street and as a one-way couplet along E Lake Avenue and E Beach Street. Riverside Drive on the south end of the plan area is a part of SR 129. One of the major intersections within the plan area is the intersection of Main Street and SR 129.

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Conservation (DOC), 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 Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), 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), Department of Toxic Substances Control, 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 Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 (CDFW)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 (CDFW)
Development Types
Residential (Units 3886, Acres 10), Commercial (Sq. Ft. 231151, Acres 6, Employees 1000), Industrial (Sq. Ft. 376827, Acres 9, Employees 1200), Other (Civic uses, totaling approximately 114,572 square feet)
Local Actions
General Plan Amendment, Specific Plan
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, 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
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form
State Comment Letters [Comments from state reviewing agencies]

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