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January 22, 2015 

01/22/15

SPECIAL EVENTS

Cal South State Cup soccer tournament starts this weekend January 24th and 25th at Ryan Park. We will see teams from all over Southern California visiting our City and Ryan Park.  There will be 56 teams and approximately 1,800 players and spectators attending this tournament. Teams will be lodging, dinning and shopping at our local establishments. 

Schedule – All 8 fields

Saturday 24th – 8am to 4pm

Sunday 25th – 8am to 4pm

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Planning: 

A planned development and tentative subdivision map application have been submitted for the 41-acre property at 661 Bear Valley Parkway (owned by Spieth and Wohlford Inc.). The project proposes 55 residential lots on a minimum 10,000 SF lots, grading exemptions for slopes up to 58 feet, and a Specific Alignment Plan for Bear Valley Parkway. 

The County of San Diego is preparing responses to comments on the Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) for their property at 600-620 E. Valley Parkway for the proposed demolition of the three existing buildings and construction of the proposed North Inland Crisis Residential Facility.  County staff indicates that the County no longer intends to process a CUP through the City for the care facility as originally proposed, and is consulting with City Engineering staff regarding the need for right-of-way and improvements along the project frontage. The MND and associated design/build authorization is anticipated to be considered by the Board of Supervisors at their February 4th meeting. 

Major Projects Update: 

Oak Creek (NUW) – Notices have been sent for the Planning Commission hearing date on January 27th.  The Final EIR is available at the following link:

http://www.escondido.org/Data/Sites/1/media/pdfs/Planning/oakcreek/VolumeII-Navigation_Index.pdf 

Amanda Lane (NUW) – The Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) has been released for a 30-day public review period which ends on January 21, 2015; it can be reviewed at:

http://www.escondido.org/Data/Sites/1/media/PDFs/Planning/AmandaEstates/DraftMitigatedNegativeDeclaration.pdf The Planning Commission hearing is tentatively scheduled for February 24th.  

Centerpointe 78 Commercial – The Draft EIR remains on hold at the applicant’s request pending resolution of traffic mitigation requirements. The applicant is evaluating potential improvements negotiated with Caltrans regarding redesign of the Broadway/SR 78 intersection (within Caltrans jurisdiction) to avoid relocation of underground utility vaults along with improvements to accommodate pedestrian and bicycle movements. The applicant has prepared draft concepts of the various improvement needs and mitigation requirements and his client is now obtaining cost estimates forconstructing the improvements (which include installing three signals, street striping, Caltrans improvements, etc.) to evaluate the project’s financial viability. 

North Broadway Deficiency Area Projects – The Pickering annexation is anticipated to be considered by LAFCO on March 2nd. The application for the Zenner annexation and 40-unit subdivision remains incomplete pending resolution of potential condemnation issues, and the design of on and offsite utility improvements which need to be evaluated as part of the development agreement negotiations and associated environmental review. Acquisition of offsite right-of-way is anticipated on the monastery property at the Ash/Vista intersection. Staff is also working with the anticipated developer regarding a comprehensive grading plan and associated design changes with the goal of achieving substantial conformance with the approved tentative maps for the properties east of Ash Street, as anticipated in the development agreements. Staff design review comments have been provided for the proposed production homes. 

Zak Planned Development (2412 S. Escondido) – The CC&Rs have been approved by staff. Submittal of landscape plans is holding up the grading permit. The applicant has been provided the submittal requirements and deadlines to enable consideration of the Final Map, which is tentatively scheduled for the February 4th City Council meeting. 

Kaen Planned Development – The proposed application for 70-unit planned development at 2516 S. Escondido Blvd. remains incomplete pending resolution of design issues regarding fire standpipes, storm water, and utility improvements; a specific concern is the applicant’s proposal to provide private onsite water and sewer lines to be maintained by an HOA (instead of public utilities). Other issues under discussion include the proposed relaxation of code standards through the PD process; area plan amendment to allow all residential use; quality of the architectural design and unit type; and adequacy of guest parking. 

Building Division: 

  1. 1.The Building Division issued 42 permits for the week with a total valuation of $92,725. The permits were mostly miscellaneous, plumbing, mechanical, electrical and photovoltaic type of permits. 18 photovoltaic permits were issued this week with 37 permits issued so far this year.
  2. 2. Inspections and counter contacts remain steady with inspections averaging 28 per day with 42 on Friday and counter contacts averaging 30 per day with 21 on Friday.
  3. 3. The Building Division has approved the plans for a new 76 unit condominium project at 2412 S Escondido Blvd. Planning, Engineering and Fire approval needed prior to permit issuance.
  4. 4. The new Chick-Fil-A restaurant at 1290 Auto Park Way received their final building inspection and occupancy.
  5. 5. Construction activity and inspections are continuing at the Monticello assisted living facilities at 930 Monticello Dr.

Code Enforcement: 

Code enforcement staff is working with representatives from Palomar Health Center regarding temporary parking lot lighting for the south overflow parking lot in response to ongoing complaints from adjacent residents. 

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS 

The Jesmond Dene Ball Field Lights:
The Notice to Proceed is Tuesday November 25th; the contractor will have 70 working days to complete the project. All of the product submittals have been completed and approved by the design engineer. The light poles were delivered and installed on Monday January 19. 

2014/2015 Street Rehabilitation Project:
The City received 5 sealed bids for the project on Thursday December 18; the contractor will have 55 days from the date specified in the Notice to Proceed. The preconstruction meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday January 21. 

Elm Street between Washington Avenue and the Flood Control Channel:
The project has begun with the construction of the temporary highline which is needed to be in place prior to the removal and reconstruction of the existing water main. Testing and installation should take approximately two weeks. The installation of the new sewer main will begin on Tuesday January 20. 

Cox Communication Annual Permit Application:
Since the implementation of the SDG&E Annual Permit this past year, we have seen a marked decrease in the processing time for Minor Work Permits. This information was shared with our other utility partners; in November the City was approached by Cox Communication requesting to apply for its own annual permit. The program has been so successful in streamlining permit issuance for simple projects, shortening turnaround times on permits that it serves as a model for other Cities.  

2013/2014 Pavement Maintenance Project:
The City has been notified that the 2013/2014 Pavement Maintenance Project has been selected by the CCSA for a Quality Award for the 2014 season. The award will be handed out at the February 5th CCSA Pavement Preservation Workshop. Congratulations to our Design & Field Engineering staff for their constant effort in maintaining the cities roadways.  

Private Development 

Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Road, County Project:
The Cities new 24” water main between Idaho Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road is continuing. Storm Drain and Dry Utility installation is continuing along Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and Idaho Avenue. The construction of the new 12” gas main is set to begin this week. 

NEIGHBORHOOD SERVICES 

On January 15, the Neighborhood Services Division hosted the quarterly Neighborhood Leadership Forum. At the meeting staff provided a presentation on the 2015-2019 Consolidated Plan for CDBG and HOME funds to the approximately 70 people in attendance. In addition, the winners of the Kids Drawing Calendar Contest were recognized and each given a Certificate of Recognition, a copy of the calendar and a gift box filled with art supplies. Lastly, the 17 neighborhood group presidents were given the opportunity to select their neighborhood clean-up dates for the upcoming 2015 season. Neighborhood clean-ups will begin in April and end in September.  

PUBLIC SAFETY 

Police:

This week the Escondido Police Department transitioned into a new phase of the Neighborhood Transformation Project (NTP).  The Department successfully implemented the project model in the South Escondido Blvd. area and, effective January 18th, has begun new operations with the East Escondido Project. The East Escondido operational area is bordered by: 

Escondido Creek to the north
Grand Ave. to the south
Midway Dr. to the east
Harding St. to the west 

The East Escondido area was selected, in part, based on crime analysis that was conducted in August of 2014. 

Specific areas of concern include: 

Aggravated Assault
Robbery
Auto Theft
Vehicle Burglary
Gang Activity
Narcotics Activity
Graffiti Vandalism
Transient Activity 

However, the East Escondido area was also selected because of the many opportunities that exist for significant environmental change.  For example, day time patrols of the area have shown there are several abandoned vehicles and numerous private residences in need of repair and/or maintenance.  Additionally, there are several apartment complexes in need of design review (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design- CPTED) and certification through the Crime Free Multi-Housing Program.  Further, a review of existing neighborhood groups reveals there are no established neighborhood groups east of Ash St., nor does there appear to be an active business group in the East Escondido area. It is the Police Department’s hope that they will be able to achieve noticeable crime reduction and an enhanced quality of life in the East Escondido area while furthering the Council’s goals of 1) Economic Development, 2) Fiscal Management, 3) Neighborhood Improvement and 4) Public Safety. 

Fire:
The new Truck Company was delivered in December and work has started to get it in service. The truck will be showcased in next week’s FireHouse World Conference at the San Diego Convention Center. 

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