Latest Updates

The latest updates on hearings, approvals, and reports on The Trails at Carmel Mountain Ranch. Due to the iterative nature of project planning, concepts, and designs presented may be subject to change based on community, city staff, and technical expert input. 

The latest updates will be accessible on this page throughout the planning process.

September 15, 2021

San Diego Planning Commission Approves The Trails at Carmel Mountain Ranch
Revitalization of Shuttered Golf Course Will Feature 1,200 Attainably Priced and Deed-Restricted Affordable Homes, 5 Miles of Trails, 3 Public Parks and 110 Acres of Open Space

San Diego, CA – The San Diego City Council last night voted 8-1 to approve the Trails at Carmel Mountain Ranch, a unique project that will deliver 1,200 new attainably-priced homes to help alleviate San Diego’s housing crisis, while preserving nearly 70% of the property as permanent open space. 

 

The project, to be built on the site of the former Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club, is ideally located along the I-15 corridor, across the street from a major transit center, and within a three-mile radius of 46,000 jobs.

 

"We are grateful to the City Council for their strong support and recognizing that this project will thoughtfully deliver much-needed affordable housing for San Diego." said Jonathan Frankel, the project manager who is working on behalf of developer New Urban West. “We’re looking forward to breaking ground and making these homes available for San Diegans as soon as possible.”

 

The Trails will deliver 1,200 new homes with a wide variety of housing options for working professionals, younger families and qualified Affordable housing candidates. Residents will be connected by pedestrian pathways and trails that not only connect to community parks and other amenities, but also to neighboring shops, restaurants and the Sabre Springs/Peñasquitos Transit Station, which provides Rapid bus service along the I-15, connecting residents to employment centers from Rancho Bernardo to downtown San Diego.

 

"This is a wonderful project that will revitalize our community with new parks, trails, open space, and other neighborhood amenities," said Bruce Forinash, a long-time resident of Carmel Mountain Ranch. "We appreciate New Urban West taking the time to meet with us over the last three years, and most importantly, listening to us, as we shared our thoughts on what we hope this community would become. They have delivered!”

The Trails is endorsed by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Asian Business Association of San Diego, and other groups.

 

“With its diverse housing options, vast amenities, extensive trail system, and convenient access to services and employment opportunities, The Trails at Carmel Mountain Ranch is a project we’re excited to support,” said Ricardo Villa, President of the San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

 

The Trails will feature:

  • 1,020 attainably priced townhomes and 180 deed-restricted Affordable homes

  • 110 acres of permanent open space (about the size of 83 football fields)

  • 8 acres of new neighborhood parks and open space amenities

  • A dog park

  • 5 miles of new walking and bicycling trails

  • 400 new trees

  • 17 acres of restored native habitat

  • 100% solar-powered community with EV-ready homes

The Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club was closed in July 2018 due to rapidly rising water costs, which had shot up 33% over the previous three years.  In the year prior to closing, the golf course consumed 45 million gallons of 100% potable water. 

 

In 2019, the owner of the country club selected New Urban West to engage the community in a dialogue about the future of the property.  After holding numerous community workshops and one-on-one meetings with residents to gather their input, New Urban West unveiled its proposal In 2019 to create new housing options while preserving most of the former golf course as open space.

 

“We appreciate New Urban West meeting with us, and most importantly, listening to us,” said Ian Runyon, who has lived in Carmel Mountain Ranch for the past 10 years. “Together, we created a vision that will enhance our community and finally eliminate the blight caused by that old golf course.”  

 

While upwards of 1,600 units could be built on the property, New Urban West responded to community desires for additional open space and park amenities, which resulted in a 25% reduction in the number of units planned for the property.  

 

The City of San Diego has identified the fallow golf course property at Carmel Mountain Ranch as a housing opportunity site in its recently adopted long-range housing plan, which the State has said will require San Diego to construct over 100,000 housing units in the next 8 years to keep pace with population and job growth.  

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About New Urban West

With local offices in Rancho Bernardo, New Urban West is a widely-respected Southern California developer headquartered in Santa Monica.  NUWI has more than six decades of experience creating original, inspiring spaces that amplify the best parts of its surroundings.
 

Media Inquiries? Contact Darren Pudgil

August 6, 2021

San Diego Planning Commission Unanimously Endorses The Trails at Carmel Mountain Ranch
Revitalization of Shuttered Golf Course Will Feature 1,200 Attainably Priced and Deed-Restricted Affordable Homes, 5 Miles of Trails, 3 Public Parks and 110 Acres of Open Space

San Diego, CA – The San Diego Planning Commission today voted unanimously to support the Trails at Carmel Mountain Ranch, which will deliver 1,200 new homes to help alleviate San Diego’s housing crisis, while preserving nearly 70% of the property as permanent open space. 

 

The project, to be built on the site of the former Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club, is ideally located along the I-15 corridor, across the street from a major transit center, and within a three-mile radius of 46,000 jobs.

 

“We are grateful to the Planning Commission for their support and recognizing that this project will help address San Diego’s housing shortage in a smart and thoughtful way,” said Jonathan Frankel, the project manager who is working on behalf of developer New Urban West. “We’re looking forward to presenting our project to the San Diego City Council soon.”

 

The Trails will deliver 1,200 new homes with a wide variety of housing options for working professionals, younger families and qualified Affordable housing candidates. Residents will be connected by pedestrian pathways and trails that not only connect to community parks and other amenities, but also to neighboring shops, restaurants and the Sabre Springs/Penasquitos Transit Station, which provides Rapid bus service along the I-15, connecting residents to employment centers from Rancho Bernardo to downtown San Diego.

 

“This is a wonderful project that will revitalize our community with new parks, trails, open space and other neighborhood amenities,” said Bruce Forinash, a long-time resident of Carmel Mountain Ranch. “I am hopeful that the City Council will support the Planning Commission’s recommendation.”

 

The Trails is endorsed by the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce, San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, Asian Business Association of San Diego, and other groups.

 

“With its diverse housing options, vast amenities, extensive trail system, and convenient access to services and employment opportunities, The Trails at Carmel Mountain Ranch is a project we’re excited to support,” said Ricardo Villa, President of the San Diego County Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.

 

The Trails will feature:

  • 1,020 attainably priced townhomes and 180 deed-restricted Affordable homes

  • 110 acres of permanent open space

  • 8 acres of new neighborhood parks and open space amenities

  • 17 acres of restored native habitat

  • 100% solar-powered community with EV-ready homes

The Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club was closed in July 2018 due to rapidly rising water costs, which had shot up 33% over the previous three years.  In the year prior to closing, the golf course consumed 45 million gallons of 100% potable water. 

 

In 2019, the owner of the country club selected New Urban West to engage the community in a dialogue about the future of the property.  After holding numerous community workshops and one-on-one meetings with residents to gather their input, New Urban West unveiled its proposal In 2019 to create new housing options while preserving most of the former golf course as open space.

 

“We appreciate New Urban West meeting with us, and most importantly, listening to us,” said Ian Runyon, who has lived in Carmel Mountain Ranch for the past 10 years. “Together, we created a vision that will enhance our community and finally eliminate the blight caused by that old golf course.”  

 

While upwards of 1,600 units could be built on the property, New Urban West responded to community desires for additional open space and park amenities, which resulted in a 25% reduction in the number of units planned for the property.  

 

The City of San Diego has identified the fallow golf course property at Carmel Mountain Ranch as a housing opportunity site in its recently adopted long-range housing plan, which the State has said will require San Diego to construct over 100,000 housing units in the next 8 years to keep pace with population and job growth.  

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About New Urban West

With local offices in Rancho Bernardo, New Urban West is a widely-respected Southern California developer headquartered in Santa Monica.  NUWI has more than six decades of experience creating original, inspiring spaces that amplify the best parts of its surroundings.
 

Media Inquiries? Contact Darren Pudgil

May 27, 2021

The San Diego Union-Tribune:
Developer scales back San Diego housing development. WIll it be enough to appease the community?

"Alan Gin, an economist at the University of San Diego who studies housing issues, said it appears more politicians are seeing the link between a lack of housing and rising prices. San Diego home prices were up 19 percent in a year as of March, said the S&P CoreLogic Case-Shiller Indices. San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria made increasing dense development as a way to lower overall housing costs a central part of his 2020 campaign."

"The 164-acre Trails project could be a much denser project and is near a significant job center with many of San Diego’s biggest companies a short drive away, including Northrop Grumman, General Atomics and Petco. It is also close to UC San Diego and public transit."

"The Trails would be built on the shuttered Carmel Mountain Ranch Country Club golf course that closed in July 2018. The family who operated the course said the cost of watering the property made the business unprofitable. New Urban West says it will keep about 70 percent of the site open space. Most of the Carmel Mountain Ranch community was built in the 1980s and early 1990s, which would make The Trails the first major development in decades. If the Planning Commission approves the project, it will then need to go to the San Diego City Council for final approval."

Read the full article

January 13, 2021

Draft EIR Update

The City of San Diego Development Services Department, as Lead Agency, has prepared a draft Environmental Impact Report for The Trails at Carmel Mountain Ranch. Our project team provided an update on where we are in the project timeline and informed the CMR/SS Community Council of the release of the draft EIR. 

To view the presentation and links to the City website:

Download the 1/13/21 Presentation

August 13, 2020

Project Update: Open Space

Updates include: Clarifying allowed uses within the greenbelt (buffer), increasing the size of the landscape zone within the greenbelt, and establishing a standard for dense, mature landscaping to enhance proposed screening.

Plans for The Trails reflect over a year of ongoing dialogue based on community feedback and priorities. By design, The Trails focuses on connectivity through preserved open space and new trails, parks, and a greenbelt throughout CMR. Our latest project update is intended to address frequently asked questions about the proposed open space system and highlight recent changes to the plans made to address concerns expressed by members of the community.   

Last night we presented design updates and clarification related to The Trails’ open space areas to the Carmel Mountain Ranch / Sabre Springs Community Council. Each of these updates has been incorporated to address comments from the community about privacy, screening, and maintenance of new recreational amenities.
 

Summary of Plan Changes & Clarifications

  1. 50 feet minimum width for the proposed greenbelt (buffer)
    The Trails will provide a buffer that is 5x wider than the existing rear yard setback required of existing homes. This 50 feet area is measured from the property line of an existing home to any new home.  This means that for most existing residents, there will be 65 feet between the back patio door and any new home.  This is a similar distance as compared to many areas of the existing neighborhood.
     

  2. Clarified landscape zone
    No buildings, parking, trash enclosures, carports, or other uses related to housing are NOT allowed in the “landscape only” zone.
     

  3. Further restricted parking in areas close to existing homes
    Parking must be screened with landscaping, long continuous rows of parking are prohibited, and no new residents may park within the landscape zone. 
     

  4. Established a standard for dense landscaping along the rear of all existing homes
    Plants selected for privacy landscaping are required to reach maturity quickly.

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There are 3 open space types at The Trails: Naturalized Open Space, Parks & Greenbelt.
In total, these three make up over 110 acres, or approximately 70% of the project site. The trails throughout the community total over 6 miles.

Open space amenities as part of The Trails plan will be publicly accessible and have been carefully selected to benefit the CMR community with no financial impact to the existing Master HOA (current homeowners). New Urban West and a newly formed HOA (for new residents of The Trails) will be responsible for the maintenance of the restored nature areas and greenbelts. Public parks are planned to be maintained by the City of San Diego.

More information can be found in our presentation, available for download:

Download the 8/12 CMR/SS Community Council Project Update Presentation

Download the Updated Development Plans & Design Guidelines

April 16, 2020

The Trails at Carmel Mountain Ranch Preliminary Draft Project Plans — Available for Download

As we all find ways to navigate through this public health crisis together, we are also expanding ways we can keep the community informed as project plans for The Trails move along in the City review process.

Recently, we submitted preliminary draft project plans to undergo review by the City of San Diego. The City will review the plans for compliance with all City standards and address issues such as traffic, fire, schools, and other key environmental interests as identified by the community. Due to the nature of the review process, project plans are subject to change. 

To make it easier for the community to access these preliminary draft plans during the COVID-19 health emergency, we have made the project plans available for download. As you review these preliminary draft project plans, you will see our commitment to preserving approximately 70% of the property as open space while delivering 6+miles of landscaped trails, 9+ acres of publicly accessible parks, and new attainably-priced and Affordable housing opportunities.

What's next?
Upon completion of City staff review, the project team will present the final plans to the CPG subcommittee and board members. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to reach out to us with questions or comments.  
Contact Us

Download The Trails Preliminary Draft Project Plans

December 2019

New Name: The Trails at Carmel Mountain Ranch
Initial Project Plans Under Review by the City of San Diego

The last several months have been largely dedicated to gathering input from the members of the public, the Carmel Mountain Ranch / Sabre Springs (CMR/SS) Community Council and subcommittee, and technical experts.

 

Throughout this process, we have heard from our neighbors that connectivity is key for the future of CMR. We're excited about this shared vision and have aptly named our proposal The Trails at Carmel Mountain Ranch.

 

After presenting our early vision for The Trails to the CMR/SS Community Council on November 13, the project team submitted initial project plans to the City.

City Staff has begun working through their initial review. Once this initial review is finished, the project plans will be provided to the CMR/SS Community Council for review. This is expected to be in the first quarter of 2020.

In the meantime, the project team will continue to attend CMR/SS Community Council and subcommittee meetings to provide updates and answer questions from the community. For more information on the project review process, please see the link below:

The Trails at Carmel Mountain Ranch (CMR): Project Review Process

November 13, 2019

Carmel Mountain Ranch / Sabre Springs
Community Council

The CMR Project Team presented an update to the CMR / SS Community Council on November 13, 2019 regarding the following:

  • CMR project description and process

  • Community and subcommittee engagement

  • Summary of the initial project submittal

  • Project review process

  • Next steps

Download the 11/13 Presentation

October 22, 2019

CMR Golf Course Subcommittee Update Meeting

The CMR Project Team presented an update to the CMR Golf Course Subcommittee on October 22, 2019 regarding the following:

  • CMR project status

  • Latest updates on recent community workshops and the online questionnaire circulated to the public

  • Direction from the City of San Diego Planning Commission

  • Key findings throughout the community engagement process

  • Draft design considerations and housing types

  • Park programming

During the public comment period, feedback related to the project was documented live, on a large board, creating what we reference as a wallgraphic. 
 

Input received will be considered by the project team and is available for the public to download.

Download the 10/22 Presentation

Download the 10/22 Wallgraphic

September 24, 2019

CMR Golf Course Subcommittee Update Meeting

The CMR Project Team presented an update to the CMR Golf Course Subcommittee on September 24, 2019 regarding the following:

  • CMR project status

  • Latest updates on recent community workshops and the online questionnaire circulated to the public

  • An initial overview of potential connectivity and trail options

  • Potential buffers and edge conditions

During the public comment period, feedback related to the project was documented live, on a large board, creating what we reference as a wallgraphic. Input received will be considered by the project team and is available for the public to download.

Download the 9/24 Presentation

Download the 9/24 Wallgraphic

September 18, 19, and 25, 2019

CMR Community Workshops

We met with nearly 100 residents through our community workshops (September 18, 19 and 25) and have heard from hundreds of neighbors through our community survey.

We appreciate everyone who has participated as your feedback is integral in shaping the future of CMR. 

August 26, 2019

San Diego Planning Commission Approves the Initiation of a Plan for Carmel Mountain Golf Course

The CMR Project Team presented an update to the CMR Golf Course Subcommittee on August 27, 2019 regarding the following:

  • CMR project status

  • Options for public spaces and amenities

  • Results of the initial feasibility study for potential housing locations

During the public comment period, feedback related to the project was documented live, on a large board, creating what we reference as a wallgraphic. Input received will be considered by the project team and is available for the public to download.

Download the 8/27 Presentation

Download the 8/27 Wallgraphic

July 25, 2019

San Diego Planning Commission Approves the Initiation of a Plan for Carmel Mountain Golf Course

On July 25, 2019, the City of San Diego Planning Commission initiated the possible amendment to the Carmel Mountain Ranch Community Plan to redesignate a 167-acre site located on the former Carmel Mountain Ranch Golf Course, from Private Recreation-Golf Course to Low-Medium Residential, Medium Residential, Park and Open Space uses.


This initiation does not constitute an endorsement of a project proposal. This action allows the future development project to become a complete submittal and will allow staff analysis to proceed.

Planning Commission has directed staff to consider the following issues as part of the resolution to initiate the amendment:

Download Planning Commission Resolution Here (#5037-PC)

Download the Initiation Letter