Downtown Watsonville Specific Plan

4 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
City of Watsonville
Document Title
Downtown Watsonville Specific Plan
Document Type
FIN - Final Document
Present Land Use
Multiple land uses because the plan area is the entire downtown area of Watsonville
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
Assistant Community Development Director
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency / Project Applicant


Santa Cruz
Citywide, Northern California
Cross Streets
Multiple or many, but a major intersection is at Main Street and State Route 129
Total Acres
Approx. 195.5
Parcel #
Multiple; project is entire downtown area of Watsonville
State Highways
152; 129; 1
Watsonville Muni Airport
Salsipuedes Creek, Pajaro River, Watsonville Slough
Other Location Info
Plan area is the entire downtown area of Watsonville.

Notice of Completion

State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 (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 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
Development Types
Residential (Units 3886, Acres 195.5), Commercial (Sq. Ft. 231151, Acres 195.5, Employees 1000), Industrial (Sq. Ft. 376827, Acres 195.5, Employees 1000), Other (114,572 square feet of civic space)
Local Actions
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, Septic System, Solid Waste, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Utilities/Service Systems, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire


Final Document(s) [Approved_Certified draft environmental documents]

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