Carmel Valley is a newer, master-planned community that has matured into a place where people can live, work and play. Families with children are attracted by the large houses and award winning schools. Area amenities and easy access to much of San Diego County make the commercial center of Carmel Valley ideal for corporate offices, hotels, shopping, and restaurants.
Local Carmel Valley government advising boards consist of the Carmel Valley Community Planning Board which advises the City on the development and land use, and the Carmel Valley Recreation Council which provides community input on parks and recreation. City facilities include a fire station, a library and police station.