Marblehead Coastal - Plaza San Clemente

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Marblehead Development Partners LLC, owners of the proposed 313-home Marblehead Coastal project in San Clemente received its coastal development permit from the California Coastal Commission, allowing construction on the entire site.

Click here to see the Marblehead Coastal Specific Plan


The Marblehead Coastal parcel is one of the last and certainly one of the most important ocean front developments in Orange County. The local citizens have taken a keen interest in this project to insure that it will enhance the unique fabric of this community while maintaining an economic balance. Marblehead Coastal has been in the planning stages for the last ten years and has recently received Coastal Commission approval to move forward.

 Following you will find detailed diagrams of the project, anticipated milestones and project history. If you have further questions please email Katie Crockett, Associate Planner.

 The specialty retail portion of Marblehead Coastal will be named Plaza San Clemente. For inquiries about leasing space or the potential tenants in Plaza San Clemente, please contact Sally Terando, Director of Leasing, Craig Realty Group, 949-224-4162.

For additional information about the residential development and to place your name on the interest list, please contact Taylor Morrison via their website.  

Plans and Exhibits

Updated 12/19/2006

Master Plan Color Overview

Commercial Overview

 Restaurant Buildings 5, 4, 3, 2

Retail Buildings 6 & 7

 Retail Buildings 16, 17, 18, 19, 20

  Conference Building 14 Hotel Building 15

 Theaters Buildings 22, 21, 23, 24


Visual Simulations

Visual simulation from Avenida Vista Hermosa/I-5 Interchange towards the ocean

Visual simulation view from northbound I-5


Visual simulations from selected Marblehead Inland properties

Additional visual simulation exhibits

Residential Site Plan

Residential Architecture

For updated residential architecture, email Katie Crockett, Project Planner to set up an appointment.

Project History

  • On August 5, 1998 the City Council approved General Plan Amendment 95-01, Specific Plan 95-02, Tentative Tract Map (TTM) 8817, Site Plan Permit (SPP) 97-16, and a Development Agreement. Requested entitlements for the Regional Commercial site (SPP 97-17), Conditional Use Permit 97-18 and Sign Exception Permit 97-19 were denied. The primary reasons for denying the applications for the Regional Commercial site were that the project proposed approximately 20 acres with discount, grocery and drug store uses. There was general support for entertainment and factory outlet components.
  • On July 7, 1999 the City Council approved Site Plan Permit 99-16, Conditional Use Permit 99-17 and Sign Exception Permit 99-18; the modified project consisted of 443,860 SF of specialty retail, 176,232 SF of entertainment and 80,048 SF of general retail.
  • On March 1, 2000 the City Council approved amendments to the previous project to avoid impacts to wetlands. The Planning Commission was advised of changes in a study session. 
  • On September 17, 2001 the Planning Commission and City Council conducted a workshop and on September 26, 2001 granted an “in-concept” approval of revisions to the project prior to the applicant submitting to the California Coastal Commission.
  • On April 9, 2003 the California Coastal Commission conditionally approved the Marblehead Coastal project. The plan approved by the Coastal Commission preserved additional environmentally sensitive habitat areas, set development back from preserved areas, reduced the number of residential lots from 424 to 313 and approved the commercial square footage within the Coastal Zone.
  • On September 16, 2003 the City Council approved an Amendment to TTM 8817 to reconcile differences between the Coastal Commission approval and the City’s previous approval. The Amendment to TTM 8817 conformed to the development area boundaries approved by the Coastal Commission.
  • On December 17, 2003, the Planning Commission voted unanimously to approve a Conditional Use Permit for Field Lighting at the Marblehead Coastal Sports Park. The Planning Commission approval was forwarded to the City Council along with the Parks and Recreation Commission’s recommendation of approval for the Park and Trail Master Plan. On March 2, 2004, the City Council voted 3-2 to deny the Conditional Use Permit for Field Lighting at Marblehead Coastal Sports Park.
  • On July 20, 2004, the City Council approved Amendment to Site Plan Permit 97-16 to reduce the residential units from 424 to 313 and to allow the replacement of architectural product on each lot and Amendment to Site Plan Permit 99-16 to reduce the amount of development from 700,140 square-feet to 642,584 square-feet of commercial uses including a 125 room hotel, conference center, theater, restaurants and outlet retail uses.
  • On February 20, 2007 the City Council approved a request by Villa San Clemente, LLC for a Sign Exception Permit to allow the installation of freeway-oriented signs and signs that exceed City standards. The Council Agenda Reports and meeting minutes are available for download: Agenda, Minutes.
  • On May 1, 2007 the City Council approved a request by SunCal Marblehead, LLC to allow an Amendment to Site Plan Permit 97-16 to allow the development of custom lot homes ranging in size from approximately 6,000 to 9,600 square feet on 66 individual lots within the 69 lot custom lot program area. It also requires that three individual lots within the custom lot program area (Lots 140, 145 and 146) and three production homes (Lots 147, 167 and 168) be limited to single-story homes. It would also allow the merger of 2 individual lots into 1 lot or 3 individual lots into 2 lots and homes up to 13,000 square feet on Lots 78 to 132. On November 19, 2014, the custom lot program was removed from Marblehead Coastal and all lots reverted to updated architecture. Homes adjacent to Colony Cove, remain one story as discussed above.

Environmental Documents 

 Following are documents related to various review under the California Environmental Quality Act.

Parks and Trails


Other Technical Appendices

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