the issue

Solicitors are circulating a petition to overturn a recent approval of parks and trails enhancements and a land use plan that provides important community benefits.  This petition would deny ALL OF US these benefits.

The target of this petition is property that was historically identified for housing.  It was re-zoned to commercial in 2012, with the hope to create regional retail and jobs on Twin Oaks Valley Road. 

This was before the creation of University District which has filled this hope and become the focus for our shopping, dining and job creation.  With University District a reality and the change in retail with services like Amazon and Stitch Fix available, the property owner sought to build a small neighborhood of townhomes for working families in San Marcos.  

Over the past 2 years, the property owner met with neighbors and stakeholders to determine the best plan for this property.  Along with the new housing, we asked for additional identified key community benefits be built for ALL residents to enjoy.

This plan was approved after 4 community meetings, 3 public hearings and a public environmental review process.

The Plan

New Trail System

For the first time, a connected, accessible and complete trail system will join Discovery Lake, Discovery Park, and South Lake.  This 4 mile trail system will be accessible with a new paved parking lot off of Twin Oaks Valley Rd.


The approved plan is for the completion of the Rancho Tesoro community and would welcome 220 new townhomes designed and priced to create a entry path to home ownership for first-time buyers, new families, and families looking to downsize.

These new much-needed owner-occupied townhomes will start in the high $300,000s and average $450,000.

The Site

This property is the former Hansen Rock Quarry. As part of the ceasing of Hansen’s mining operations in 2008, this land was reclaimed to provide housing and recreation opportunities for residents of San Marcos.  The property completes the Rancho Tesoro neighborhood. 

The roughly 20-acre property is located south of Santa Barbara Drive and west of S. Twin Oaks Valley Road.

get the facts about the petition

  • It STOPS construction of new Discovery/South Lake trail connections and public parking 
  • It ELIMINATES new housing option for working San Marcos neighbors and families
  • It results in the LOSS of $1.6 Million to San Marcos Unified School District for capital improvements
  • It BLOCKS $7.3 Million in private funding to the City for critical streets, parks, and housing infrastructure.

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