Smoke-free outdoor dining

As the death, disease, and financial devastation wrought by COVID-19 begins to recede in some communities, people who live in the San Elijo Hills community are wondering how best to protect their families as San Marcos moves to re-open restaurants and other businesses.

As a resident of San Elijo Hills, and as the Program Supervisor for Vista Community Clinic’s Tobacco Control Program, I have been learning a lot about the interaction between COVID-19 and tobacco and what it means for our families, friends, and neighbors. The combination of smoking/vaping and COVID-19 can be deadly – not just for those who use these products, but for people who may be exposed to secondhand or thirdhand smoke in their homes or in outdoor dining areas.

Residents are fortunate that almost every San Elijo Hills restaurant has voluntarily made its outdoor dining area smoke-free. Unfortunately, many restaurants in other parts of San Marcos still permit smoking outdoors, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. Check our online guide to find other San Marcos restaurants that offer healthy, smoke-free air: http://northcoastalpreventioncoalition.org/programs/tc/sfod/guide/. 

Smoke-free outdoor dining helps people smoke less and do less damage to their lungs’ ability to fight off infections. Doctors are warning those who smoke or vape that they are at risk of developing more severe COVID-19 symptoms. (See: https://tobaccofreeca.com/health/covid-19-stop-smoking-and-vaping/?gclid=Cj0KCQjwuJz3BRDTARIsAMg-HxUrfGS2-LwXhn_lcFCw4av7b_4F4MQfvKHwbcCaAHWu4t-8fMIO9JgaAvLJEALw_wcB)

The benefits of smoke-free air where we live, work, and play go beyond those who smoke or vape. It is possible that secondhand smoke exhaled by an infected person can spread COVID-19 to others. Secondhand smoke spreads quickly, is detectable more than 6 feet away, and remains airborne for a long time. The California Tobacco Control Program warns, “When people are smoking or vaping, they are also exhaling particulates from deep within their lungs into the environment around them.” (See: https://tobaccofreeca.com/health/covid-19-and-tobacco-what-you-need-to-know/)

Now, researchers at San Diego State University are warning us about thirdhand smoke and COVID-19,  saying that the coronavirus may be spread in indoor environments by “hitching a ride” on particles exhaled during smoking and vaping, and that the particles may linger for days on surfaces and in dust where thirdhand smoke and vapors accumulate. (See: https://thirdhandsmoke.org/dont-let-covid-19-hitch-a-ride/)

Last fall, well before COVID-19 captured our attention, Vista Community Clinic sponsored a series of community forums on secondhand smoke attended by more than 85 San Marcos residents. Many lived in apartments and expressed concern about secondhand smoke drifting into their units. “I am bothered by secondhand smoke in the apartment complex where I live. People are sometimes smoking around my kids, and my kids sometimes are curious to pick up cigarettes with their bare hands,” said Norma Vazquez. 

Other participants were concerned about exposure to secondhand smoke in outdoor dining areas. “This hits close to the heart for me because my mum passed away when I was 12 years old because of an asthma attack. I have asthma and my daughter tends to wheeze and has an inhaler,” said San Elijo Hills resident Sharmin Jesuthasan. “While we love sitting outdoors enjoying a meal at a restaurant, we typically don’t go if others are smoking in the outdoor dining area.”  

I encourage residents to thank restaurants in San Elijo Hills for their leadership in offering smoke-free outdoor dining to protect our health. For more ideas about what you can do to promote smoke-free air, contact Jennifer.Gill@vcc.org. 

A COVID Education

COVID-19 certainly surprised us all. As public health mandates were implemented and businesses responded, it became clear that no industry was safe from COVID – even the ones we traditionally think of as “recession proof.” Instead, many organizations had to adapt quickly (very quickly) to ever evolving protocols because, pandemic or no pandemic, people needed them.

Educational institutions in San Marcos did just that.

San Marcos is a hub of education with eight institutions of higher learning, so when COVID-19 impacted campuses mid-semester, our educational leaders had to adjust quickly. California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) and Palomar College, for example, both pivoted to online learning offerings in a just few days, which is no small feat considering the adjustments necessary to evolve experiential classes (laboratories, student teaching, art studios, internships, performances, community engagement, group projects, etc.) to an online setting.

“We were able to transition to distance learning in four days,” said CSUSM President Dr. Ellen Neufeldt. “So much credit needs to go to our faculty and staff for adapting so proficiently. Of course, some classes were easier than others, but I am really proud of how quickly we were able to respond to the realities of COVID-19 and maintain our level of student support.”

Similarly, Palomar College’s acting Superintendent/President Dr. Jack Kahn remarked at how the challenge of transitioning to distance learning provided some collateral benefits that can be applied to future semesters. “We have seen several instances of improved practices, innovations and collaborations across the campus,” said Dr. Kahn. “We have also provided an incredible amount of professional development to faculty and staff over the last months which has also helped us prepare [for future semesters].”

Both institutions strongly emphasized their commitment to fostering continued student success efforts, even with new dynamics resulting from online courses, and they see a potential for online education to reach new students in the future.

“As faculty are learning more and getting excited about opportunities we believe there will be more online options in the schedule in the future,” continued Dr. Kahn. “By increasing these options, we will increase access to education, especially for our students who typically hold down one or more jobs in order to make a living in San Diego County.”

Dr. Neufeldt echoed the value of blending online with in-person pedagogy and noted the need for “innovation for all.” “We stand ready to serve and support our students find a sense of community during COVID,” said Dr. Neufeldt. “Our campus has been committed to serving the needs of our community since the beginning, and the adjustments we’ve made in response to COVID are inspiring us to innovate our way forward.”

As public health restrictions are rolled back, CSUSM and Palomar College are looking forward to striking the appropriate balance between online and in-person learning to the benefit of students and the greater San Marcos community.

“By opening up access to education through our online delivery, many residents will find they are able to attend college while continuing to work in their current fields, raise a family, and continue to meet their obligations while improving their marketability through advancing their education,” said Dr. Kahn.

Cal State San Marcos also appreciates that by exploring new methods for making courses accessible remotely, it can strengthen its ability to provide a multitude of learning modalities that could potentially reach non-traditional students who are not recent high school graduates.

Planning for the fall semester is well underway and both institutions are currently offering robust online summer sessions with full enrollment numbers.

As COVID relief efforts continue and businesses reopen, San Marcos’ higher education leaders offer a reminder that they are here to serve the business community. “We always invite businesses to be our partners, so we can best serve our students and the City of San Marcos,” said Dr. Neufeldt. “We’re here to support our community now and beyond COVID.”

Bent Avenue to Close June 30 for San Marcos Creek Project Construction

Construction Crew To Close Bent Avenue Between Discovery Street and Creekside Drive

San Marcos, CA—Construction continues on the $104M San Marcos Creek Project with the closure of south Bent Avenue between Discovery Street and Creekside Drive on Tuesday, June 30. The closure will allow for the roadway on Bent Avenue to be raised eight feet and the construction of a bridge over the Creek to prevent flooding. Bridge construction is expected to last a year.

Detours will be clearly marked, and businesses will be open. The City will post current road closures and detours on Waze to help motorists navigate the area. To learn more about the detours in place, watch the latest active construction update video.

In the coming weeks, additional roadwork is also anticipated in the project area, including work on Via Vera Cruz, between San Marcos Boulevard and Discovery Street, and work on Discovery Street, between Via Vera Cruz and Joy Court. Exact timing and details will be shared on the Creek project webpage when available.

What To Expect

Construction hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. In some areas of the Creek Project, construction hours may begin earlier than stated.

In the construction zone, please be mindful of the reduced speed limits. Drivers must adhere to the 25 mph speed limit for the safety of construction crews and others. Please remember to Honk Less and Wave More to keep San Marcos roads safe and friendly.

Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, construction crews are taking all recommended precautions to stay healthy and safe by following the guidance from public health officials, practicing social distancing and frequent hand washing on the construction site. For more information, read the Creek Project’s announcement regarding COVID-19.

Construction Alerts

The City encourages members of the public to visit the project website and sign up for alerts to stay informed throughout project construction:

  • Website: Visit www.san-marcos.net/creek for project information.
  • Text updates: Text SMCreek to 484848 to sign up for text updates.
  • Project hotline: Call 877-SMCREEK with any questions and a team member will respond within 48 hours.
  • Email: Email creek@san-marcos.net with questions or requests and a team member will respond within 48 hours.
  • Waze: We’ll also be posting alerts and closures on Waze during construction. Download the app so you can #KnowBeforeYouGo. bit.ly/creek-appbit.ly/creek- droid

Para información y actualizaciones en español, por favor visite la página de la ciudad: www.san-marcos.net/arroyo.

San Elijo Hills Community Association June 2020 Updates

Canyon Trail

If you have recently been on the canyon trail, you may have noticed new areas to explore! The Board of Directors arranged for Papayrus plants and Pampas grasses to be cut and cleared to expose the beautiful arroyo area along the trail.  Families are now able to enjoy the natural topography and experience new adventures! Make sure to check it out!

Community Tile Project Update!

Our community tile project is wrapping up! We now have over 1000 tiles returned, and they look absolutely amazing! The deadline to return your tile to A Colorful Universe is officially June 30th.

Please make sure to read the instructions! We are receiving tiles drawn with markers and paints other than what was provided. Many of these materials will burn off when the tile is fired and glazed. For instructions and information on ideas, tips & techniques visit https://www.acolorfuluniverse.com/the-tile-project. If you have any questions, please contact Liz McCardle at sehdirector@waltersmanagement.com.

2020 Census

The Census needs a certain number of applicants per Census tract to count in the areas where they live. The link where they can apply directly is: //www.2020census.gov/jobs. There is paid training, $21/hr. + $0.58/mi. flexible hours, management positions and other positions up to $23/hr. + mileage in some cases. If you have any questions, please contact Kirsten F, Recruiter/ 2020 Census Bureau: (858) 366-2074.

Support Your Local Businesses!

Don’t forget to order from the town square businesses! Their success is integral to the value of the community, and we need everyone to keep ordering out and helping in any way you can. Please visit sanelijohills.net with special messages and offers by our local businesses.

Dogs in the Hills

An increase in dogs off leashes has been reported in various neighborhoods, and especially on our beloved trails. While you may have a friendly pet, please consider the affects it may have on other trail users. A child or adult may be startled and ultimately injured from a dog running beyond their owner. Pet owners shall at no times allow pets to run unrestrained in common areas, streets, sidewalks or pathway areas and shall at all times have full and complete control over the animal. Please remember there is a $250 fine from the county (San Diego County Code Sec. 63.0102(b)(2)) for unrestrained pets.

Please pick up after your pets and remind your children to do so as well if they are responsible for the dog-walking duties. Don’t forget those common areas next to homes! Pet waste is probably the #1 complaint amongst our residents, so please be diligent and keep San Elijo Hills looking and smelling beautiful!

Water Conservation Project

Your HOA Board has been hard at work updating our irrigation system and landscape (to increase water conservation while enhancing the aesthetics of the community). This month they met virtually with three irrigation controller companies that can supply us with smart controllers to help with conservation and management. Our irrigation infrastructure is 15-20 years old and this capital improvement will provide substantial water and cost savings to the association. They hope to award the contract in the next couple weeks and get the work done before the summer heat. During the last couple weeks this project team has been focused on town center and getting all the missing trees replaced and the irrigation delivery systems updated as part of our conservation efforts. The next few weeks they will continue to focus on this area and the entrance to the community by updating the plant material which can be placed on drip systems, eliminating our overhead sprays and water waste.

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**Since 2006 SanElijoLife.com provides community news, photos, videos, and a directory of resources for residents of San Elijo Hills. The site is independent of the developer and the HOA and is run by local homeowners.

Teen physical activity rates too low

Teen physical activity rates too low

https://time.com/5734685/global-teen-inactivity-study/

 While physical activity has endless proven benefits, 80% of teens are not meeting the exercise recommendation of one hour of vigorous exercise per day. In the U.S. daily P E is no longer a requirement at many schools, meaning teens need extracurricular physical activity or hobbies in order to reach the guidelines. 

 Kids and teens can greatly benefit from getting adequate physical activity. Exercise can improve attention span, mood, and sleep; reduce risk for chronic diseases later in life, and even help to normalize elevated cholesterol levels. Participating in sports teams can also be beneficial socially and help to improve communication and teamwork in a supportive environment. 

 While 60 minutes per day is the recommendation, it’s not necessary to complete the full hour at once. A few short bursts of activity have been proven to be as effective as a longer stretch of activity. For example, 60 minutes can easily add up by walking to school, taking the dog for a walk, and doing a short circuit workout. 

 If your child isn’t interested in traditional sports teams, there are plenty of options for getting movement in during the day. There are apps that can facilitate home workouts (check out the 7-minute workout), YouTube has hundreds of thousands of home workout options, and of course- simply talking a walk, jog, or bike ride can be easy and being outdoors has its own benefits. Your local community center or YMCA can be a great resource for workout opportunities.  

More exercise ideas for teens: 

  • Dance/ Zumba Classes
  • Walking 
  • Skateboarding 
  • Weight lifting 
  • Aerobic classes 
  • Bicycling 
  • Yoga
  • Resistance training – body weight
  • Hiking
  • Martial Arts 
  • Swimming 

Although sixty minutes per day is the recommendation, doing some exercise is always better than none. Starting with a few days per week or even 10-20 minutes per day can be beneficial. 

If you don’t have teens yet, getting younger children in the habit of exercising (through play) can be beneficial into the teen years, and for life.  Most families find it helpful to have activity scheduled ahead of time. Doing activities together as a family, such as going to the gym at the same time, hiking together, or participating in local runs or walks, or attending Walk with a Doc can ensure there is some physical activity on the schedule. 

Children’s Primary Care Medical Group is now offering Walk with a Doc, a free weekly walk for kids, teens, and families, at two convenient locations in North County. Walk with a Doc is offered in Vista on Thursdays at 4:15 at VIDA School and La Costa on Tuesdays at 4:00pm at Stagecoach Park. A healthy snack is always provided.  Check out walkwithadoc.org/Carlsbad for more information. 

 If you need assistance helping your kids or teens improve their health habits, contact the W.E.L.L. Clinic at Children’s Primary Care Medical Group. The W.E.L.L. Clinic specializes in helping kids, teens, and families make habit changes to improve health in the following areas: nutrition, physical activity, sleep, stress management, and screen time. To make a W.E.L.L. Clinic appointments in La Costa call 760-633-3640, and for Oceanside call: 760-547-1010. 

Source: 

Guthold, R., Stevens, G. A., Riley, L. M., & Bull, F. C. (2019). Global trends in insufficient physical activity among adolescents: a pooled analysis of 298 population-based surveys with 1·6 million participants. The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health. doi: 10.1016/s2352-4642(19)30323-2

  • NOTE 6/23/20: because of COVID-19, group sports and gym activities are not available right now. But many of the other suggestions for physical activity can be done with your immediate family, individually or outside with proper six foot distancing and wearing of face coverings. 

SAN MARCOS FARMERS MARKET NEW LOCATION – NEW VENUE

The San Marcos Certified Farmers Market re-establishes operations on Tuesday, June 30, in a new location and new venue – North City San Marcos. 

The beautiful open-air Market will feature a collection of amazing vendors offering local fresh fruits & vegetables, baked goods, fresh-cut flowers, local honey, bread, meat, fish, eggs, nuts, yogurt, Kombucha, artisan packaged foods, and specialty prepared hot foods. We are excited to announce that J.R. Organics Farm will be joining the lineup with a wide arrangement of fresh, nutritious, organic produce. 

The market will serve the community year-round, Tuesdays, 3 PM to 7 PM, spring and summer, and  3 PM – 6 PM, fall, and winter. The new North City location is conveniently located at 251 North City Drive, off Hwy 78, and Twin Oaks Valley Road. 

To maintain social distancing protocol and follow County health guidelines, the market will be monitoring the number of people allowed inside the market at one time and monitoring to make sure that shoppers adhere to social distancing rules. Facial coverings required. We will be the safest, tastiest grocery shopping in town!

The San Marcos Farmers Market is proud to support local farmers and small businesses.

For more information please contact San Marcos Chamber of Commerce Event Director Melanie Jamil 760-744-1270 or melanie@sanmarcoschamber.com

San Elijo Hills Community Association: Important Message from the Board of Directors –

Dear Homeowners:
We hope you are staying well during these turbulent times. We would like to provide you with an update on recent events.
When all our lives were suddenly placed on hold in March, the Board had to cancel all San Elijo Hills community events as they were scheduled through September.  With restrictions on gatherings, we racked our brains on how to bring this community together, without actually being together. We understood hospitals and first responders were working longer than normal shifts, with closed cafeterias and closed coffee carts. Many of these heroes live here in our community and take care of our community when we need them the most. We were also hearing from our local town center restaurants that they weren’t sure how they would be able to survive the restrictions that have been put in place.
So, in April, the Association held an event to help our local first responders and our local San Elijo Hills town square restaurants.  The Association purchased food and coffee from our struggling SEH town square restaurants only (to help keep them afloat and to avoid having a ghost town again) and we provided that food and coffee to our first responders (to help keep their spirits up and show our community support). The total cost for that event was $19,337 or $6.42 cents per household from the events budget.  Not only did we receive an overwhelming amount of gratitude from our first responders and homeowners for this great event, but we also received a huge thank you from our local businesses.
Additionally, we were made aware that some San Elijo Hills families within the community whose children were receiving a free lunch meal Monday through Friday from the school, would not be receiving any assistance on the weekends. We therefore thought it to be a great idea to (in some small way) make certain that these children would not go hungry on the weekend.  Most of the funding for this meal program was from the monies that could have been lost and not refunded from the BunnyPalooza event.  We reached out to the vendor that supplies their services for Bunnypalooza and requested that rather than lose our deposit, they supply the meals to which they agreed. The total amount used from that deposit was $7,900.  We also asked ourselves how we could continue to support our local restaurants.  We spent $6,336 or $2.10 per household from the events that were already budgeted and cancelled through August.  Our thoughts were that having closed businesses in town square would hurt the value of our community and in turn the value of our homes collectively.
The money used for the Tile Event came from event funds and were paid to Colorful Universe.  Another way to keep our businesses alive and to keep our families engaged.  It was huge success and many of our residence enjoyed it.
The Board voted and approved the three events in an open general session meeting. We notified the entire community about these events in April and May (via Facebook, community mailers, eblasts, and it was posted on the community website).
We have since discovered there were a few members of the community that were very disgruntled by our efforts. They claimed we kept these events a secret and that we misappropriated funds from our events budget and have threatened to sue the Association, before even requesting any documentation that would easily quash this wild accusation. The Association’s funds were not misappropriated as this money was already budgeted and still spent on events.  Plus, these events brought a great deal of joy, pride, and support to the community
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**Since 2006 SanElijoLife.com provides community news, photos, videos, and a directory of resources for residents of San Elijo Hills. The site is independent of the developer and the HOA and is run by local homeowners.

COVID-19 Update from The City of San Marcos: Public Counters and Parks & Recreation

Cities in San Diego County have been granted permission to start slowly reopening businesses, parks and a variety of other services. In response, the City of San Marcos is making the following updates:

Public Counters

  • Public counters at City Hall and Public Works will reopen on Monday, June 1. Hours will be Monday-Thursday from 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Public health and safety measures will be in place.
  • In addition, residents can continue to take advantage of our “Virtual City Hall” by engaging with the City online, and via phone, email and the San Marcos City App. Visit www.san-marcos.net/covid19 to learn more about the wide variety of services that are available online.

Parks & Recreation

  • All City parks and parking lots will reopen on Monday, June 1, at 9 a.m.
  • Dog parks will also reopen Monday.
  • Pickleball and tennis courts will reopen on Wednesday, June 3. The County is allowing play at these courts if used by members of a household or others who can maintain social distance. Please check in with the facility attendant to be assigned a court and follow the rules that are posted at each court. You can view the rules for each court at www.san-marcos.net/courts.
  • Athletic fields will open, but no organized sport play or games will be allowed.
  • Playgrounds, skate parks, restrooms, splash pads, basketball courts and volleyball courts will remain closed.
  • The Corky Smith Gymnasium and the Senior Activity Center (SAC) will remain closed. For information about the senior nutrition program, call (760) 744-5535.
  • You may go outside for exercise if you can keep six feet away from people who are not members of your household.
  • Park visitors are allowed to sit, lie down, and picnic if they practice social distancing.
  • Please avoid groups and crowded outdoor spaces.

Health and Safety Guidelines

  • All State and County public health-related measures will remain in effect at all City facilities and parks.
  • Please maintain six feet of social distance and wear a face covering when you come within six feet of anyone outside your household.
  • You can learn more about all of the guidelines in place at www.coronavirus-sd.com.

Thank You

As always, the health and safety of the San Marcos community is our top priority. We appreciate your continued efforts to protect yourself and others in our community by making smart, safe choices during this time.

City of San Marcos eases rules to allow businesses to temporarily expand outdoor uses

Some restaurant, retail and other activities now allowed in parking lots, sidewalk patios.

The City of San Marcos is here to support businesses through COVID-19 as they gradually reopen under the State’s orders.

With new social distancing requirements, many businesses want to move some activities outdoors. In response, the City has temporarily changed our rules regarding outdoor uses and is now allowing restaurants, retail and other activities in parking lots, as well as sidewalk patios in some cases. This can be done with a fast, easy, no-cost permit process.

We’ve also changed our regulations to allow some signage without permits and an array of additional changes to help businesses and community organizations.

The temporary modifications to the San Marcos Municipal Code include:

  • Drive-thru or Designated Curbside Pickup: Temporary Outdoor Business Permit Required. Businesses will be allowed to designate their customer parking spaces for curbside pickup. This will be permitted in commercial centers and other locations provided that businesses work with neighbors and property management companies to minimize conflicts. ADA stalls and fire lanes may not be used for this purpose. The City may require operational changes or disallow drive-thru or curbside pickup based on complaints and/ or traffic or other health/safety or applicable regulatory compliance issues. The number of spaces used would be decided by the business owner in terms what works for their business provided it does not exceed the number spaces allocated for their suite.
  • Signage: No permit required for on-site temporary banner signs of prescribed sizes. No new permanent signage or off-site signage is permitted. Business owners must coordinate with property management regarding site specific sign restrictions.
  • Outdoor Dining: Outdoor dining will be permitted in various locations provided that ADA access, ingress/egress requirements and other health and safety requirements can be met and that existing occupancy is not exceeded.
    • Public right of way or private sidewalks. Special Event Permits and other permits may be required (Right of Way, Encroachment, Traffic Control).This applies only in University District/ North City and along non-arterial roads only. This may include street closures with appropriate plans and permits.
    • Private parking lots. Temporary Outdoor Business Permit Required. Applicable to certain location types with required timeframes to be determined (i.e., sites with shared uses such as breweries in industrial areas may have staggered hours to avoid conflicts). Individual approvals required. Other permits may be required in some cases (Special Event Permit, Right of Way, Encroachment, Traffic Control).
  • To-go and On-Site Outdoor Consumption of Alcohol: Allows for consistency with the Alcohol and Beverage Control (ABC) Notices that provide that bona fide eating places (i.e. restaurants) selling beer, wine and pre-mixed drinks or cocktails for consumption on the premises pursuant to an ABC license, may sell alcohol for off premise consumption in conjunction with meals prepared for pickup or delivery. These businesses may also allow on-site outdoor alcohol consumption with appropriate permits as outlined above (see “outdoor dining”). This modification is effective only for the duration of the ABC notices.
  • Personal Services (Instructional/ Fitness): Temporary Outdoor Business Permit Required. When public health orders permit such uses, would allow for instructional/fitness facilities to deviate from their Conditional Use Permit or Director’s Permit conditions and allow for outdoor activities on site in a parking lot or other open area. Allows for indoor activities provided safe reopening and any other safety requirements are followed.
  • Retail Businesses: Temporary Outdoor Business Permit Required. Allows for all retail sales businesses to open with interior sales under safe reopening plans. Allow for curbside pickup if desired by business. Also allows businesses to designate their customer parking spaces for curbside pickup. The number of spaces would be decided by business owner in terms what works for their business, provided it does not exceed the number spaces allocated for their suite. Allows for outdoor sales in parking lot if desired by business.
  • Home Occupation: Temporary Outdoor Business Permit Required. Allows for on-site customers, employees, and stock in trade on site at home occupations.
  • Group Assembly: Temporary Outdoor Business Permit Required. When public health orders permit such uses, would allow for assemblies in and outdoors in various locations provided that ADA access, ingress/egress requirements and other health and safety requirements can be met. Requires individual plan approval. Other permits may be required (Special Event Permit, Right of Way, Encroachment, Traffic Control).
  • Retail Expansion in Industrial Buildings: No permit required. Allows for an expansion of retail uses from 10% up to 50% of building square footage within buildings or on sites zoned as Industrial. Retail sales must be for the sale of a product(s) produced on site.

These provisions apply throughout the Stay at Home order. They are only applicable as allowed under the State or County public health orders in effect at the time.

Learn more

For more information, contact Economic Development Director Tess Sangster at (760) 744-1050, ext. 3120 or tsangster@san-marcos.net.

Stay informed

Visit the City’s COVID-19 Response webpage for information about City’s response to COVID-19 at www.san-marcos.net/covid19.

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