What is the status of this project?
This project is made up of two different, but related developments.
Discovery Village South is a single-family residential community with up to 230 planned homes on approximately 40 acres. Approximately 130 homes will be traditional single-family and another 100 will be in a courtyard configuration.
Discovery Village North is a mixed-use project that is part of the University District planned project. At build out, this portion of the University District will provide general and medical office space with a multi-family community adjacent on approximately 14 acres. The project also sets aside 33 acres of land for permanent open space habitat, trails, parks, and a potential school site. As a key part of the project, Discovery Street will be extended, completing the connection to Twin Oaks Valley Road and better connecting the University and Creek Districts.
H.G. Fenton Company has submitted the residential plan for Discovery Village South to the City to transition the land from a medical campus use to a residential community use and has concurrently submitted plans for Discovery Village North consistent with the approved University District plan.
There have been several proposals for this land. Why is this one an improvement?
H.G. Fenton Company has been working with and listening to the community since 2006 and believes that the new residential community envisioned for Discovery Village South is the best approach for all stakeholders. It is a less intense development than a medical campus and produces significantly less traffic while mirroring the adjacent residential neighborhood.
Discovery Village North is consistent with the University District Specific Plan and provides a blend of commercial, residential and open space for the community.
Additionally, extending Discovery Street to connect the University and Creek Districts is a benefit to the City and its residents and will alleviate traffic on Craven Road, Twin Oaks Valley Road, and San Marcos Boulevard.
What are the main benefits of this project?
The Discovery Village projects match the area’s current community character, are a more appropriate use for the site than its current medical campus zoning and will result in a less intense and impactful use of the site. Key benefits of the Discovery Village projects include:
- Completes Discovery Street, reducing traffic impact and volumes on Craven Road by providing a new east/west connection between Barham Drive and San Marcos Boulevard.
- Creates a buffer and an appropriate transition between commercial uses planned to the north and existing single-family residences to the south.
- Provides public amenities such as a potential public school site, parkland and trails, as well as preserves and enhances creek habitat.
How will these projects impact traffic?
As a residential community with up to 230-unit single-family units instead of a 776,000-square foot medical complex, Discovery Village South would produce a tenth of the vehicle trips that such a medical complex would.
Discovery Village North conforms to the approved development plans and traffic projections laid out in the University District Specific Plan.
How will these projects impact our public schools?
We’re committed to working with the Joint Task Force on School Development so that we can be a part of accommodating San Marcos’ increasing public school enrollment.
Development of the property includes a portion of a potential school site identified in the University District specific plan, meaning that a completed Discovery Village project will be helpful in providing the resources needed to help meet the school district’s enrollment demands. The extension of Discovery Street and grading of the site make it possible for the School District to access and develop this land as a school as soon as they’re ready.
Fees collected by the city for residential and commercial developments support the costs of constructing and expanding schools. Increased demand for school facilities associated with Discovery Village South would be offset by payment of required fees that would help fund ongoing service and new facilities
Wasn’t this land slated for a hospital?
The site was designated for a 1.2 million square foot 451-bed hospital and medical office building complex including, among other things, a helipad in the 1990’s.
Currently, Discovery Village South is still designated for a hospital, and H.G. Fenton Company is working with the City to transition the land for residential use.
Where can I get more information?
Please email us at DiscoveryVillage@hgfenton.com with your questions, comments or requests for a call or meeting to discuss the projects. We look forward to hearing from you and providing additional updates and details as the project advances.