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From time to time, the City or private developer may desire a plan that addresses design/development standards for a specific area of land. The specific plan either replaces the standards of the City’s zoning ordinance and design guidelines, or may provide standards that enhance the City’s existing regulations.

The City has adopted seven Specific Plans; Forster Ranch, Marblehead Coastal, Marblehead Inland, Pier Bowl, Rancho San Clemente, Talega and West Pico Corridor. Selected Specific Plans are available in an electronic copy below. You may otherwise purchase a hardcopy from the Planning Division.

View a vicinity map (244 Kb PDF) of the Specific Plan areas.


Forster Ranch Specific Plan

The Forster Ranch Specific Plan area is located in the northwest portion of San Clemente and contains 1,982 acres bounded by the City of San Juan Capistrano on the west and north and the Prima Deshecha sanitary landfill (future Prima Deshecha County Regional Park) on the north. The Talega Specific Plan area lies adjacent to the east, while the Marblehead Inland development and Rancho San Clemente Planning Area 1 border Forster Ranch on the south. The current Specific Plan was adopted in 1998.

The major streets within the Forster Ranch Specific Plan area include Camino De Los Mares, Camino Vera Cruz, Camino Del Rio, Portico Del Sur, Portico Del Norte and Sarmentoso.

For your convenience, the Forster Ranch Specific Plan is separated into different chapters and sections. Please choose the appropriate section below to view the Forster Ranch Specific Plan.


Marblehead Coastal Specific Plan

The Marblehead Coastal Specific Plan area is located in the western portion of San Clemente and contains 248 acres bounded by the ocean on the west, I-5 on the east and other city neighborhoods to the south and north. The current Specific Plan was adopted in 1998 and revised in 2004.

The major streets within the Marblehead Coastal Specific Plan area include Avenida Vista Hermosa, which terminates at Avenida Pico. More information about the project is available here.

To view the Marblehead Coastal Specific Plan in its entirety, please select the link below.


Marblehead Inland Master Plan

The approved Marblehead Inland Master Plan provides for 1335 dwelling units, based upon an overall base density of 1.5 dwelling units per acre over the total project area of 762 acres plus a density bonus of 192 dwelling units for affordable housing. The approximate boundaries of the project area are Avenida Vista Hermosa to the north, Avenida Pico to the south, Interstate 5 to the west and Camino Vera Cruz to the east.

The major streets within the development are Avenida Vista Hermosa, Calle Frontera and Avenida Faceta.

To view the Marblehead Inland Master Plan in its entirety, please select the link below.


Pier Bowl Specific Plan

The Pier Bowl Specific Plan encompasses approximately fifty-six (56) acres of land adjacent to the San Clemente Municipal Pier in the western portion of San Clemente. The approximate boundaries of the project area are Linda Lane Park to the north, Trafalgar Canyon to the south, the Pacific Ocean to the west, and the inland residential neighborhoods to the east. The current Specific Plan was adopted in 1993.

For your convenience, the Pier Bowl Specific Plan is separated into different chapters and sections. Please choose the appropriate section below to view the Pier Bowl Specific Plan.


Rancho San Clemente Specific Plan

Rancho San Clemente is located generally southeast of Avenida Pico (with the exception of Planning Areas 1 and 25), about one-half mile inland of the Interstate 5 freeway. It is bounded by Marblehead Inland on the west, the Talega and Forster Ranch Specific Plan areas to the north, and Camp Pendleton U.S. Marine Corps Base on the east. Rancho San Clemente consists of approximately 1,943 acres of land with elevations varying from less than 80 feet to more than 900 feet above sea level. This planned community has several significant features, including a primary ridgeline and a prominent knoll adjacent to Avenida Pico. These features are visible from many areas of the community. The current Specific Plan was adopted in 1998.

The major streets within the Rancho San Clemente Specific Plan area include Avenida Pico, Avenida La Pata, Calle Del Cerro, Avenida Vista Montana and Calle Amanecer.

For your convenience, the Rancho San Clemente Specific Plan is separated into different chapters and sections. Please choose the appropriate section below to view the Rancho San Clemente Ranch Specific Plan.


Talega Specific Plan

The Talega Specific Plan area encompasses a total of 3,510 acres in the Northeastern portion of the City. The most recent amendment was in 2003. The major streets within the Talega Specific Plan are Avenida Pico, Camino La Pedriza, Avenida Vista Hermosa and Avenida Talega.

For your convenience, the Talega Specific Plan is separated into different chapters and sections. Please choose the appropriate section below to view the Talega Specific Plan.


West Pico Corridor Specific Plan

The West Pico Corridor is an area stretching from the northern edge of North Beach Village to the San Diego Freeway (I-5) in the vicinity of Avenida Pico. Immediately adjacent to the North is the Marblehead Coastal Specific Plan area. The West Pico Corridor encompasses approximately 80 acres of various land use designations, mostly developed with public and private land uses and structures. The Avenida Pico/I-5 interchange provides the primary access to the West Pico Corridor, with secondary access via the intersections of North El Camino Real and Avenida Pico, as well as North El Camino Real and Calle De Los Molinos. Avenida Pico is heavily used by tourists and beach-users, and therefore, is significant in the public’s perception of the quality and character of the City. The current Specific Plan was adopted in 1997.

The major streets within the West Pico Corridor Specific Plan area include Avenida Pico, Calle De Los Molinos, Via Pico Plaza and Calle De Industrias.

For your convenience, the West Pico Corridor Specific Plan is separated into different chapters and sections. Please choose the appropriate section below to view the West Pico Corridor Specific Plan.


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