Land Use Element (Public Hearing Draft, 5/1/13)
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Automobile-Related Land Uses

Given San Clemente’s location along Interstate 5, the main route between Orange and San Diego Counties, San Clemente has a long history of providing automobile-oriented services, particularly along the historic El Camino Real Corridor.

El Camino Real has long provided various automotive repair services, auto-related retail businesses and gasoline stations for San Clemente residents, employees, visitors and travelers. As residential neighborhoods adjacent to the corridor developed, concerns increased about the compatibility of automobile-related uses along El Camino Real with adjacent neighborhoods and with the surrounding community character.

The long range intent for automobile-related uses is that these uses are gradually relocated from El Camino Real to industrial areas and business parks in the City. In the meantime, General Plan policies allow automobile-related uses that are existing at the time of adoption of this General Plan to continue. The policies are intended to improve the compatibility of such uses with surrounding uses.

GOAL:

Encourage the relocation of automobile-related uses to industrially-designated lands and business parks and permit the continuation of automobile-related uses, existing as of the date of adoption of this General Plan, that do not detract from the aesthetics, character and function of the surrounding area.

POLICIES:

LU-5.01. New Fueling Stations and Supporting Service Facilities. We permit the development of new fueling stations and supportfacilities in commercial and business park districts, provided they are:
  1. Designed to convey a high quality architectural and landscape character, consistent with the overall character and image of the City, as specified in the Urban Design Element;

  2. Limited to a single corner of a street intersection; Located at a limited number of key activity intersections, as designated in the Specific Plans for the Ranches.

  3. Consistent with the Zoning Ordinance and Design Guidelines.
LU-5.02. Existing Gasoline Stations and Supporting Service Facilities. We permit the continuation of gasoline stations and supporting service facilities existing as of the date of adoption of this General Plan and located along major streets and highways and require that expansions or modifications of such facilities be designed to convey a high quality architectural and landscape character, consistent with the overall character and image of the City as specified in the Urban Design Element.
LU-5.03. New Automobile Related Service and Repair Uses. We permit the development of automobile related service and repair uses (e.g., tire shops, lube and tune, and other similar uses) in commercial and business park districts and designated sites within specific plans provided that the facilities for such uses are designed to convey a high quality architectural and landscape character, consistent with the overall character and image of the City as specified in the Urban Design Element.
LU-5.04. El Camino Real and Other Mixed Use and Pedestrian-Oriented Areas. We prohibit new and major expansions of automobile-related uses along El Camino Real and in other commercial and mixed-use areas of the City designated to promote pedestrian activity.
LU-5.05. Existing Auto Related Service and Repair Uses along El Camino Real. We consider auto service and repair uses located along El Camino Real, existing as of the date of adoption of this General Plan, to be conforming land uses and may continue indefinitely.

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