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September 17, 2014 

09/17/14

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

SPECIAL EVENTS 

  • International Day of Peace hosted by the Spiritual Assembly of Baha’is’ of Escondido
    Sunday, September 21st – Grape Day Park Peace Pole, 4-5 p.m. 

LIBRARY’S  “SIGN UP FOR SELFIES” GAINS NATIONAL ATTENTION 

As part of the Library’s observance of National Library Card Sign-up Month, the library developed the  “Sign Up For Selfies” promotional activity.  It has become so successful that it was recently featured in “TechSoup for Libraries”, an online blog.  To view the article please visit: http://techsoupforlibraries.org/blog/sign-up-selfies-how-patrons-getcarded-at-escondido-public-library 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT 

Planning:

  • Staff held a pre-application meeting regarding a proposed Conditional Use Permit for a self-storage facility at 222 W. Mission. The anticipated project includes one three-story building with approximately 102,148 SF gross floor area on the vacant 1.57 acre site. As proposed, the project would require an initiation of a General Plan Amendment because it exceeds the maximum floor area ratio for the General Commercial designation. Another policy consideration will be conformance of the land use with the Guiding Principles of the Highway 78/Broadway Target Area, which encourages opportunities and incentives for increasing employment densities and attracting businesses with salaries that raise the City’s median income, not commonly associated with self-storage businesses.
  • SANDAG is recommending funding of the Missing Link Bicycle project in this year’s regional Active Transportation grant program. A total of $1.092M in Active funds is proposed which is the entire estimated cost of the project. The plans are being coordinated with the Grape Day Park Master Plan project.
  • In response to a request from the City, the Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) has scheduled a public community meeting regarding the Chatham site for Tuesday, September 30th from 6:30 – 10:30 p.m. at the CCAE. An informational handout and notice of the upcoming meeting will be mailed by DTSC this week. City staff has assisted by providing a mailing list for the meeting notice, and will attend the meeting.
  • Oak Creek (NUW) – Comments on the Draft EIR are due on 9/29/14. The document is posted on the City’s website at the following link:
  • Major Projects Update:
    • http://www.escondido.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/Planning/oakcreek/CD/INDEX_-_Report_Navigatoin.pdf. A neighborhood meeting is scheduled for Monday evening, 9/22/14, in the City Council Chambers to discuss the project and the findings of the Draft EIR. Staff has notified the attorney representing Escondido Neighbors United that their request to indefinitely extend the EIR public review period until issues raised by the Chatham site are addressed will not be granted.
    • Amanda Lane (NUW) – Staff review of the revised plans is underway with comments anticipated next week. The applicant continues to negotiate the necessary letters of permission and easements for other offsite improvements, to avoid potential condemnation issues
    • Centerpointe 78 Commercial: – Staff is coordinating with the traffic consultant to finalize the traffic study for inclusion in the Draft EIR.
    • North Broadway Deficiency Area Projects: – The application for the Zenner annexation and the associated 40-unit subdivision at Vista Ave. and Lehner Ave. remains incomplete, pending submittal of letters of permission for offsite improvements, to avoid condemnation issues.
    • San Diego Veterans Village: The applicant is evaluating potential revisions to address the HPC comments regarding the proposed demolition of several historic adobe structures and to address Fire Department concerns.
    • Latitude II - Additional pre-application meetings have been held with the applicant to coordinate their response to preliminary staff comments on the proposed 112 unit condominium project. Staff has advised the applicant to re-evaluate the site layout, specifically to relocate the perimeter block wall along Centre City Parkway onto private property (outside the public right-of-way). A formal application is anticipated within the next month. 

Building Division: 

  • Building was very busy this week issuing 58 permits for the week with a total valuation of $451,437. Inspections and counter contacts have increased with average daily inspections of 36 with 26 on Friday and average daily counter contacts of 38 with 38 on Friday.
  • 9 Photovoltaic permits were issued last week, and 443, so far this year.
  • Permits were issued for the 99 Cent Store at 415 N. Ash St.
  • Plans were submitted on 9/8/14 for the Interfaith facility at 250 N Ash St. for administrative offices and a recuperative care center for veterans.
  • Plans were submitted for a new one story church building at 1445 Conway Dr. 

PUBLIC WORKS UPDATE 

Capital Improvements: 

Lake Wohlford Road- Emergency Repair:
Public Works was notified of dirt and debris in the roadway from a rock slide this past week. Upon further review, it was determined that the roadway would need to be closed until the 60’ slope could be stabilized for the public’s safety. Staff has solicited bids from two local contractors with Shaw Equipment Rentals being the low bidder. The contractor was able to mobilize on Saturday, September 13th, 2014 with full operations commencing on Monday, September 15th, 2014. Work is ongoing and is anticipated to complete all items of work and reopen the road on Monday, September 22nd, 2014.   

2013/2014 Street Maintenance Project:
The contractor has been delayed in completing the remaining asphalt crack fill operation due to equipment failure. We are told that they will resume the operation on Thursday, September 18th, 2014. The striping contractor will be starting to install the permanent lane markings on Wednesday, September 17th, 2014. 

Maple Street Pedestrian Plaza Modifications:
The Field Engineering Inspector has placed an order with the manufacturer of the paver stones for 180 replacement pavers for the project. The materials will take 4 weeks to manufacture and deliver to the site. 

Private Development 

Lincoln Avenue at Goldenrod Street - 16” Gas Main Inspection:
SDG&E has notified the City that the testing of the pipeline has been delayed until Saturday, September 27th, 2014. At that time, they will launch the robotic devices, which will examine the interior surface of the 16” gas main which runs between the City of Escondido and the City of Carlsbad.    

County Project - Bear Valley Parkway Widening between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road:
The contractor is continuing to clear and grub the site which includes house foundations, driveways and landscape items between Boyle Avenue and Idaho Avenue. 

Pennsylvania Avenue and Kalmia Street- Classical Academy High:
The project striping has been delayed; staff is requesting a new start date for the completion of the work.   

Recycling/Waste Management: 

Over two Hundred volunteers have signed up for the Dixon Lake cleanup scheduled for this Saturday, September 20th. 

PUBLIC SAFETY 

Police:

  • Command Staff attended the ASIS Awards Banquet last week.  Officer Kohlof received an award given to female officers who positively impact Law Enforcement.
  • EPD hosted SWAT Cop for a Day on Saturday.  Several citizens had the opportunity to meet the SWAT Team and participate in SWAT related events.
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