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Site Analysis

Class 3 Group 1
Sina Ghaffarnejad, Daniela Garcia, Cole Milord, Elena Cohen

Parcel of land
Where is the parcel of land that you will be designing? Insert a picture of the San Marcos
Creek Project here and highlight your parcel of land

Our parcel of land is going to be the 3-1 area outlined in


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Requirements

What are the requirements for the land use of that area?
Our site has regulations on the height of the buildings allowed. The north portion of the parcel can be built up to 6 stories
and the south part can only go to 5 stories. We are permitted for residential housing from the second floor up. The first floor
has to be a minimum of 15th feet for stores.

What are the environmental, conservation and sustainability requirements for that area?
Our parcel of land is in the floodway of the creek and also contains vegetation on the south side including brush and
woodland that contains wildlife.

What is the vision for the area in which that parcel of land lies?
The vision for this portion of development are big scale designs. Our parcel of land is going to be at the primary gateway.
This means that the buildings that are going to be developed are going to be larger scale compared to the minor gateways.
This portion of the land is going to be facilitating the traffic movement through downtown. There will be no drive through
services in this area.

What are the regulations for that land (building heights, setbacks, development intensity, frontage, building
function, open space, parking, sustainability, etc.)
Our site has regulations on the height of the buildings allowed. The north portion of the parcel can be built up to 6 stories
and the south part can only go to 5 stories. The first floor has to be a minimum of 15th feet for stores. The front setback is 5
ft min, and 10 ft max. The side street setback max is 5 ft. The creekside prominente setback restriction is 10 ft to 20 ft. The
alleys should be at least 3 ft wide. The parking would be on the side of the street or underneath a building. It will be
considered 20% of the building to our understanding.

What is currently there?

Site Inventory- Natural Surface Features


Whats there now:

Patches of grass
Dirt and Clay
Storm Water Drainage

Site Inventory- Cultural and Man-made Features


Cultural & Man-made Features

Utilities: water drainage, and electric poles running throughout area. Cable Jack box and
power transformer at west end of location. The land has fencing throughout the property.
Contains a flat, concreted portion of the land.

Land use: Used for commercial vehicle storage: trailers, commercial trucks, food trucks.

Historic notes: Rough dirt area, not flattened for the most part, has a portable home present.

Circulation: 2 dirt roads connecting to other parcels of land. there is pedestrian access
throughout entire place. not much transit routes but some that are main and important.

Social Factors:.

the city's population was 83,781.

he San Marcos Unified School District is one of the largest school districts in San Diego County and
includes 19 schools with diverse educational programs for kindergarten through adult education students.
SMUSD has 11 elementary schools, 3 middle schools, 2 comprehensive high schools, 1 charter high
school, 1 independent study high school and 1 continuation school.
According to the City's 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[8] the top employers in the city are:
hunter industries with 819 employees, and 2.93% of employment
The racial makeup of San Marcos was 53,235 (63.5%) White, 1,967 (2.3%) African American, 591 (0.7%)
Native American, 7,518 (9.0%) Asian, 322 (0.4%) Pacific Islander, 15,853 (18.9%) from other races, and
4,295 (5.1%) from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 30,697 persons (36.6%).

Site Inventory- Aesthetic Factors:

Perceptual: When driving by right now with what is available, the area looks abandoned and
unattractive. When development starts, we would look forward to seeing large buildings that
will stand out behind the gas station. The brush behind the land discourages people's visits
into that portion of the street.

Spatial Pattern: It seems like the land has already been split up into smaller pieces being
separated by the dirt roads going through. The sections are all rectangular.

Natural Features: The only nature features that are going to be considered about staying or
have to stay on the site is the two trees standing by the portable home. They potentially might
interfere with the construction of the buildings. Another piece of vegetation that would have to
stay is the brushes at the back of the parcel of land.

Analysis
Conditions:
Open space
Not a lot of Vegetation
Poorly Taken Care Of
Requirements:
Building
Fire Safety
Flooding
Things that cant be there:
Gas station
Starbucks
Cafe
Things that might be put there:
Car wash
Apartments
Parking Structure

Other considerations

Who owns the land?


For the most part, our parcel of land seems like to be owned by primary private owners or to be a vacant area, however
mostly private owned.

What parts of the development is the City of San Marcos planning to implement, and what parts of the
development remains a vision for future development? What is the current state of the development in that
area?
This area doesnt seem like to be developing much however the city is looking to make that area the core of the future
downtown of San Marcos. It is going to be composed of large and tall buildings that are both going to be commercial and
residential.

What else do you need to consider as you design that parcel of land?
How will we obtain the land of majority of it is private owned by various owners it seems like. How about the vegetation in
the middle, will we be able to maneuver the construction of the buildings around the.

Additional Information
The city's population was 83,781.
The San Marcos Unified School District is one of the largest school districts in San Diego County and includes 19
schools with diverse educational programs for kindergarten through adult education students. SMUSD has 11
elementary schools, 3 middle schools, 2 comprehensive high schools, 1 charter high school, 1 independent study
high school and 1 continuation school.
According to the City's 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[8] the top employers in the city are: hunter
industries with 819 employees, and 2.93% of employment
The racial makeup of San Marcos was 53,235 (63.5%) White, 1,967 (2.3%) African American, 591 (0.7%) Native
American, 7,518 (9.0%) Asian, 322 (0.4%) Pacific Islander, 15,853 (18.9%) from other races, and 4,295 (5.1%) from
two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 30,697 persons (36.6%).