April 27, 2016 

04/27/16

NEW TRAFFIC SYSTEM ALLOWS COMMUTERS TO NAVIGATE AROUND I-15 ACCIDENTS 

As part of the final phase of the Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) project, 40 signs were installed on surface streets along the Interstate 15 (I-15) corridor in the cities of Escondido, Poway, and San Diego. Should a major incident occur, existing overhead changeable message signs on I-15 will direct motorists off the freeway to avoid delays, and new alternate route signs will guide motorists through surface streets and back onto the freeway. The ICM system coordinates freeway ramp meters and arterial traffic signals to reduce delays and improve travel time reliability. 

Many drivers already use local streets to bypass freeway incidents and avoid congestion. In combination with the overhead freeway signs, the alternate route signs will eliminate the guesswork and inform drivers where accidents are located, when to exit, and when to get back on the freeway. The existing overhead freeway signs will instruct drivers to follow alternate routes labeled A through W. This real-time information will help alleviate congestion on the I-15 corridor and enable motorists to determine whether to take a different route.

 Recent updates to the 511 San Diego mobile application complement the ICM project to help travelers select the best way to reach their destination. The free app now features real-time transit information from MTS, and allows users to schedule push notifications for incidents on their favorite routes throughout the region.

 For more information about the ICM project visit sandag.org/ICM or visit 511sd.com/app to learn more about the 511 San Diego mobile app. 

SPECIAL EVENTS 

  • No special events scheduled this week.
  • For information about activities taking place in Escondido, please visit www.visitescondido.com 

PUBLIC WORKS UPDATE 

  • There were approximately 400 volunteers from World Mission Society Church of God engaged at Kit Carson Park and this clean up event was a huge success. There also were 150 volunteers from Escondido Shines and I Love a Clean San Diego at Grape Day Park. This event was also a great success. Special thanks to Andy Villalobos and PW staff for coordinating the volunteers and greatly contributing to the success of these events.
  • Application of graffiti-proof coating is scheduled to start within a month. Application will be focused on City park buildings and other publicly owned areas that have been identified as high graffiti occurrence areas. 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Planning

Major Projects Update

Commercial / Office:

  • Escondido Research and Technology Center – East (ERTC) – This is a 72,000 square foot medical office building proposed on the east side of Citracado Parkway across from Palomar Medical Center located at 2130 Citracado Parkway.  A grading permit has been issued by the Engineering Division.  Building plans have been submitted for plan check.  The Planning Division has approved a second set of corrected grading plans.  The applicant has recently requested to install a temporary paved parking lot in this area to serve the hospital.  It is anticipated that a grading plan with defined storm water treatment area(s) will be submitted soon for Planning and Engineering review. 
  • Escondido Research and Technology Center – West (ERTC) – This is a 144,000 sq. ft. development involving two medical office buildings proposed on the west side of Citracado Parkway across from Palomar Medical Center located at 2097 – 2175 Citracado Parkway.  A grading permit has been issued by the Engineering Division.  The Planning Division has approved the building plans submitted for plan check.  A tentative parcel map for office condominiums is in process to allow the sale of individual office suites to medical providers. 
  • Centerpointe 78 CommercialNo change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 45,650 sq. ft. supermarket and restaurant located at 925 N. Broadway. The project was approved by the Planning Commission on November 10, 2015. The project was approved by the City Council on December 9, 2015.  Staff is waiting for submittal of a revised storm water plan that incorporates recent changes in regulations and is working with the property owner regarding obtaining permits to demolish the existing structure. 
  • Westfield TheaterNo change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 10-auditorium movie theater totaling 57,600 sq. ft. located on the north side of the Westfield Mall. The project was approved by the City Council on November 4, 2015. 
  • Felicita Development, LLCNo change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 140-unit hotel, and a gas station or office/residential care facility at the southeast corner of Felicita Rd. and Gamble Lane. The applicant and staff met with the architect to discuss building elevations, 5-story height limitations and site design issues given the existing wetland constraints on the property. Additional technical analysis and coordination is needed to address traffic, biology, water and sewer service, geotechnical and storm water concerns, along with a market study for the proposed uses. The applicant met with the wild life agencies and is responding to technical studies needed to complete the application. Tribal consultations are underway. 
  • Springhill Suites – This project is a 105-suite hotel totaling 73,300 sq. ft. located at 300 La Terraza Drive involving 4 stories, a small conference room and an enlarged lobby for serving continental breakfast. A revised set of grading plans have been approved and grading has begun for the parking lot on the adjacent office property which shares a driveway access. Landscaping plans were submitted for review, and department comments are being finalized.  Building plans have gone through three reviews with Esgil. 
  • BMW DealershipNo change from the following update reported last week: A Precise Plan application to expand the existing dealership showroom an additional approximately 4,000 square feet and enhance the building façade at 1557 Auto Park Way was approved by the Planning Commission on October 13, 2015. A demolition permit to remove portions of the existing structure has been issues. The project is under construction. 
  • Escondido Auto Park AssociationNo change from the following update reported last week: The association is proposing to upgrade the existing electronic message sign along I-15. On September 23, 2015, the Economic Development Subcommittee considered a request by the association to enter into an agreement with the City for reimbursement of a portion of the cost of the upgraded sign and expressed support for a five-year agreement based on anticipated public benefit of additional sales tax revenue. Staff has received information for processing. 
  • Ford-Hyundai Dealership ExpansionNo change from the following update reported last week: An expansion involving approximately 13,000 sq. ft. of showroom buildings and 6,700 sq. ft. wash/detail building at 1717-1919 Auto Park Way was approved by the Planning Commission on June 23, 2015. Grading has commenced, the sign plans have been approved, and the Planning Division has signed off on the building plans. 

Industrial 

  • Escondido Disposal Inc.No change from the following update reported last week: The CUP modification to expand the existing facility was approved by the Planning Commission on August 25, 2015. The project has completed its post-approval plan check process; staff has approved the grading and landscape plans. The County has notified the City that the applicant has made its application to the State permitting agency. Storm drain issues improvements that extend through the site are under construction. A revised site plan with updated parking and circulation has been submitted for staff review. Staff is determining the adequacy of the storm water basins. Building plans were received for Phases I and III. 
  • StorQuest No change from the following update reported last week: This proposed project at 220 W. Mission Avenue involves a 102,500 sq. ft. development with 4-stories, 3 in-line shops and a small office in conjunction with a public storage facility. Correspondence has been mailed to the applicant regarding initial comments and the need for additional information to complete the application. The applicant has been working with staff to modify the vehicle circulation pattern and parking at the front of the building and has indicated that revised plans could be resubmitted as early as this week. 
  • Victory Industrial DevelopmentNo change from the following update reported last week: This project involves two industrial buildings totaling 91,000 sq. ft. (one building 55,500 sq. ft., second building 35,500 sq. ft.) located at 2005 Harmony Grove Road and a zone change from residential to Planned Industrial consistent with the updated General Plan. Revised maps and technical studies have been submitted for review. Design review has been completed and the project is progressing through the environmental review phase including coordinating revisions to the traffic study.  
  • Micro-Filtration Reverse Osmosis – The proposed project involves a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for the development of a new city facility at 2512 E. Washington Avenue to provide advanced treatment for Title 22 quality recycled water produced at the City of Escondido’s Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility (HARRF) for agricultural uses. The facility would be sized for a total production capacity of 2.0 million gallons per day (mgd) and consists of two separate buildings (one building 14,440 sq. ft., second building 21,775 sq. ft.) that would contain a variety of equipment, pumps, electrical, control and storage rooms. Underground storage tanks (90,000 gallon feed tank, 163,000 gallon inter-process tank, and a 970,000 gallon product storage tank) are also included. Public environmental review commenced concluded on April 6, 2016.  The Planning Commission recommended denial of the Conditional Use Permit  on April 26, 2016. 
  • Wastewater Collections Yard Expansion – The project involves development of 1.8 acres of a larger, approximately 15.4-acre site for the construction of a new wastewater collections yard and maintenance facility for the City’s Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility (HARRF) at 1521 S. Hale Avenue. The proposed facilities will consist of three separate pre-fabricated metal buildings 3,735 sq. ft. - 5,670 sq. ft. for collections; work bays and workshops for regular maintenance of vehicles and equipment. The project would require the processing of a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) and rezone. Public environmental review commenced on March 22, 2016 and will conclude on April 20, 2016. A Planning Commission hearing has been tentatively scheduled for May 10 with a City Council hearing anticipated in June.

Institutional

  • John Paul the Great Catholic UniversityNo change from the following update reported last week: A Conditional Use Permit to expand the campus and student enrollment at 155 W. Grand Avenue was approved by the Planning Commission on December 8, 2015. The proposal includes improvements to the former H. Johnson Building at 131 S. Broadway for studio and classroom space, and the former bank at 200 W. Grand Avenue for administrative offices and a student resource center. The proposed expansion would also increase the student enrollment from 300 to 1,200 students over the next several years. Staff has confirmed the availability of water and sewer connections. Staff recently met with the University President regarding potential future expansion plans beyond those previously approved. 
  • Calvin Christian Middle/High School No change from the following update reported last week: The project is an expansion involving a 15,500 SF auditorium, multi-use conference center, classrooms, terraces and walkways located at 2000 N. Broadway. The grading plans have been approved and a building permit was issued on April 11, 2016. 
  • Escondido United Reformed ChurchNo change from the following update reported last week: The project is an expansion for a phased, multi-year, master construction/development plan for a new 12,250 SF two-story sanctuary, conversion of existing buildings to a social hall, demolition of an existing social hall/classroom building (approx. 4,620 SF) and construction of approximately 5,250 SF for a nursery, multi-purpose room, classrooms for Sunday school and other associated activities, and bathrooms, and an enclosed 1,835 SF central Atrium/Narthex at 1864 N. Broadway. Building plans have been submitted for review and comment for portions of project, revised architectural designs for the sanctuary have been submitted for review; the grading plans have been approved. 

Residential 

  • Oak Creek (NUW)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 65-unit single family development located at the southeastern corner of Felicita Road and Hamilton Lane. The LAFCO Board unanimously approved the annexation on October 5, 2015. Staff has returned documents to LAFCO memorializing their action that included final paperwork to be completed prior to annexation recordation. 
  • Amanda Estates (NUW)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 22-unit single family development on Amanda Lane. The LAFCO Board approved the reorganization (annexation) at their meeting on August 3, 2015. Staff has returned documents to LAFCO memorializing their action that included final paperwork to be completed prior to annexation recordation. 
  • PraderaNo change from the following update reported last week: This project consists of a 70-unit single family development located at the northeastern corner of Ash Street and Lehner Avenue. Grading and construction are underway.  Three, two-story model homes have been completed and the model complex opened to the public on January 30, 2016.  An additional two-story model (Plan 5) has been added to the unit mix and will soon be under construction.  A single-story unit will be marketed with this development, but no model home for the single-story unit will be constructed.  The developer obtained building permits for the first and second phases involving 16 units and those phases are under construction. Plans for a third and fourth phase have been submitted for review, bringing the total number of units built or under construction to 36. 
  • KB Homes/ Lexington (Zenner) - The project is a 40-unit single family development at the northeastern corner of Lehner Avenue and Vista Avenue. The applicant has submitted the final map, improvement plans and grading plans for staff review and approval. Staff has approved the home designs and plans for constructing an off-site model complex on three separate parcels near the project are nearing completion for staff approval.  Proposed street names have been released by the Planning Division for review and concurrence by other agencies. 
  • Stella Park CondominiumsNo change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 65-unit townhome Planned Development located at 2516 S. Escondido Blvd. The Planning Commission recommended denial of the proposal on March 22, 2016. The City Council is scheduled to consider the project on April 27, 2016. 
  • WohlfordNo change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 55-unit single family development located on Bear Valley Parkway east of Encino Drive. Staff has reviewed submittals and technical reports from the applicant.  A Specific Alignment Plan for Bear Valley Parkway detailing the proposed roadway design is under review.  The Cultural Resources study has been completed and is being reviewed by staff and the EIR consultant.  The consultant has reviewed the applicant’s other technical reports and has provided comments for revisions and has commenced by-weekly status meetings as the document preparation gets underway.  Preparation of the project EIR is on schedule. 
  • Latitude IINo change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 112-unit multi-family development, located at the northeastern corner of Centre City Parkway and Washington Avenue, and approved by the City Council on August 19, 2015. A Final Subdivision Map has been submitted for review. The applicant will be submitting a boundary adjustment for a property exchange with the adjacent motel owner.  Grading plans are nearing approval. Comments have been provided regarding the architectural plans that have been submitted for plan check. The CC&Rs and landscaping plans have been submitted for review. 
  • Canyon Grove Estates (Tract 932) – This project is a 179-lot single family residential development on the north side of Vista Avenue east of Conway Drive. Staff approved the substantial conformance determination for the revised tentative map and continues to coordinate with the applicant on the Precise Plan application for final architectural design and landscaping.  The applicant has concluded the purchase of mitigation credits at Daley Ranch, and is pursuing acquisitions needed for offsite improvements. A grading permit has been issued and contractors are clearing the site in areas slated for development.  The applicant is coordinating the plan review for off-site street improvements on Ash Street with the County’s Department of Public Works. 
  • Safari Highlands No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 550-unit single family development located east of the Rancho San Pasqual community and north of the San Diego Safari Park. The project involves 1,100 acres including annexation and Sphere of Influence update for a master planned community with parks, trails, recreation center, fire station, open space, on-site sewer facility for treating a portion of the on-site wastewater for irrigation purposes. Planning and Engineering extensions of staff have been funded by the applicant and retained to assist the City in processing the project. Staff met with a representative of the Fish and Wildlife Department to discuss the project. Other outreach efforts have included City of San Diego, San Diego Zoo Safari Park representatives, public agencies and surrounding residents. The City Council approved the consultant contract for preparing the EIR on March 23, 2016. More information about this project is on line at: http://www.escondido.org/safari-highlands-ranch-specific-plan.aspx 
  • High Pointe (Palos Vista Neighborhood 3) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a custom-home development with 39 estate lots accessed from Mesa Rock Road. Staff has prepared a bond and fee letter based on the proposed grading and landscape plans, and has sent it to the applicant. 
  • Paseo EscondidoNo change from the following update reported last week: This project is a mixed-use 122-unit multi-family planned development at the southeastern corner of Ash Street and Washington Ave. The proposed project consists of 26 one-bedroom and 96 two-bedroom apartments in three four-story buildings, and two 5,000 SF commercial buildings (10,000 SF total) oriented around an outdoor plaza. Additional submittals are required to complete the application and the applicant has completed coring and sampling as part of soils analysis. The applicant has been advised to meet with and SDGE planner regarding the overhead utility lines. 
  • Del Prado (former Woody’s site) – This project is a 113-unit townhome-style Planned Development located at the southwestern corner of Brotherton Road and the Centre City Parkway frontage road. The project includes a recreational facility, pool, and open space areas. Staff worked through various site design and utility issues with the applicant prior to scheduling the project for a public hearing. The Planning Commission recommended denial of the project on April 12, 2016. The City Council will consider the project on May 11, 2016. 
  • Solutions for Change – This project is a Planned Development application for 33 affordable multi-family units. It was approved by the Planning Commission on October 13, 2015, and by the City Council on November 18, 2015. Building plans have been submitted for review and approved by Esgil (contracted plan check firm).  Staff has preliminarily accepted minor redesign efforts to meet construction costs and is working with the applicant to ensure state financing remains available for the project. The funding for the property acquisition has been completed 
  • 701 San Pasqual Valley RdNo change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 19-unit single family development located at 1201 E. 5th Avenue (formerly Tract 898) on 7.2 acres. The application is under review and a letter detailing additional comments and submittal requirements was forwarded to the applicant. 
  • Veterans Village of San DiegoNo change from the following update reported last week: This project is a mixed-use development involving a 54-unit affordable multi-family residential apartment project for military veterans and their families. It includes on-site administration office, business center, club house and other support spaces for the residents; and a small commercial component to support training opportunities offered at the facility at 1556 S. Escondido Boulevard. Building plans have been submitted for review and comment; the grading plans and landscaping plans have been approved. 
  • Escondido Gateway No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a mixed-use development involving 126 residential units within three, 4-5 story buildings with indoor and outdoor recreational areas and an opportunity for a small (1,000 sq. ft.) commercial/flex space on 2.6 acres (48 dwelling units/acre) located at 700 W. Grand Avenue (former Police Station) across the street from the North County Transit Station. Plans were submitted for the project involving a Specific Plan Amendment, Tentative Map, Planned Development and Development Agreement. Correspondence has been sent to the applicant regarding initial City department comments and the need for additional information to complete the application. The applicant recently met with staff to discuss proposed revisions in response to staff’s comments.  Revised plans from the applicant are expected to be submitted to Planning staff soon.
  • City Plaza – This long dormant, partially constructed mixed-use development at the southeastern corner of South Escondido Boulevard and Third Avenue now has new ownership. The new owners have met with city staff and indicated they quickly plan to start constructing the 65-unit apartment project as originally approved. The project consists of a three-story building with 51,200 SF of residential area and 4,100 SF of commercial area and two levels of parking.  The building permits will need to be reissued and the applicant is coordinating that process with the Building Official.

Building Division: 

  • The Building Department issued 65 permits with a total valuation of $178,778. Permits were mostly minor miscellaneous type permits. 
  • 29 photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. The Building Division has issued 444 solar permits this year compared to 271 issued for the same time last year. 
  • The Building Department staff had another busy week. Inspectors averaged 38 inspections per day with 22 inspections on Friday. Our building counter staff was also busy, averaging 35 counter sign-ins per day and 29 on Friday. 
  • Interviews were held on Thursday for the open Building Inspector II position. Seven applicants participated in the interviews. 
  • Permits were issued for the new Sip Wine & Beer at 129-131 S Orange St. 
  • Permits were issued for the demolition of a single-family dwelling and garage at 1574 S Escondido Blvd. to make way for a new 65 unit apartment building for Solutions for Change. 
  • The 70-unit Pradera single family tract project has received framing inspections for 16 homes in phase 1 and 2 and foundation inspection for the Plan 5 model. 
  • A notice was posted at the building counter requesting that contractors present any residential solar revisions to the building inspector at the time of inspection in lieu of submitting revisions at the building counter. This change of policy was implemented due to the increase and frequency of solar revisions. 

Code Enforcement: 

  • As of April 19, 2016, the total number of open code enforcement cases is 437 cases. During the prior week, 139 new cases were opened, and 56 cases were closed, with a backlog of an additional 37 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation. 
  • There were 64 illegal signs confiscated during the weekend. 
  • Last week the Business License Division issued 15 new licenses and received 25 new applications, in addition to 175 renewals.

Public Art: 

  • Weather permitting, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park (3333 Bear Valley Parkway) will be open to the public on Saturday, May 14, 2016, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.  Docents will be on site to answer questions.  

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS           

  • Kit Carson Hockey Rink Improvements: 
    The replacement vents were delivered on Wednesday, April 27 and installation will begin on Thursday, April 28.  
  • Grape Day Park Playground:
    The contractor has begun the removal of grass and existing concrete improvements in preparation for relocating existing irrigation lines within the construction zone. Staff is coordinating the repair to the Vinehenge structure which is located within the foot print of the new project. The artist will be repairing the rusted rebar prior to applying a new surface treatment.   

Private Development 

  • Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road (County Project):
    The installation of the irrigation system is continuing this week along Bear Valley Parkway from Idaho Avenue to Lloyd Place to the north. The last section of old Bear Valley Parkway was removed and the importing of base material has begun from Suburban Hills Drive south to San Pasqual Valley Road. The remaining section of roadway between Lloyd Place and Boyle Avenue to the north had the concrete improvements cancelled this past week.   The traffic signal contractor is working on the new signal foundations for the Boyle Avenue intersection. 
  •  2412 South Escondido Boulevard:
    No changes from the following update reported last week: This project is nearing completion with the first of three building released for occupancy. 
  • Pradera - Lennar Communities:
    Concrete curb and gutter improvements are being placed along street “C” this week. The testing of the new water main is scheduled to start this week for street “C “also. 
  • Lexington Model Homes - KB Homes:
    The contractor has completed the installation of the new sewer main along Ash Street.  The trench resurfacing is not expected to begin until next week. 
  • Rincon del Diablo 8” & 12” Water Main Construction:
    The contractor is continuing the testing procedures on the new water main this week. 
  • Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community
    The mass grading of the site continues with the work force concentrating on the extension of Vista Avenue.   On Tuesday, April 26, the contractor performed a series of blasts to address the removal of rock on site. The blast was monitored by the Fire Marshall under a separate permit. 
  • Broadway and Washington Avenue ramp improvements:
    The State of California (Caltrans) has completed the ramp restoration to the Broadway and Washington Avenue intersection. 
  • San Diego Gas & Electric gas main replacement:
    Pot holing of the utility began on Monday, April 18 and will continue through the end of the week. Construction is expected to be completed in 8 weeks. 

Future Capital Improvements: 

  • FY 15/16 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project:
    Bids for this project are due May 5. Staff will seek the City Council’s authorization to award at the May 25 meeting.  Construction likely will begin in June 2016.  
  • East Valley Parkway/Valley Center Road:
    On April 26 the City received SDG&E’s finalized plans for work to underground overhead utilities as part of this project.  The plans, along with those from AT&T, will be submitted to Caltrans to request authorization to construct the project. 
  • Jim Stone Pool Improvements:
    Design plans to re-plaster the pools and repair pool-related Health and Building Code items is 75% complete.  This project is funded by a Housing Related Parks grant. 

PUBLIC SAFETY 

Police: 

Incidents: 

  • On 4/17/2016, personnel from the Gang Enforcement Team attempted to stop a vehicle near the intersection of Quince St. and 8th Ave.  The vehicle failed to yield, which resulted in a pursuit.  The suspect vehicle collided into a brick wall near the intersection of 5th Ave. and Upas St.  The suspect fled the collision scene on foot and was taken into custody.  During a search of the suspect’s vehicle, officers located a USMC-issued ballistic vest with 6 rifle magazines.  The suspect was booked into the Vista Detention Facility on multiple charges.   
  • On 4/18/2016, personnel from the Gang Enforcement Team attempted to stop a known probationer in the 1500 block of S. Escondido Blvd.  The suspect fled the stop on foot, and was apprehended a short distance away.  Officers search the suspect and located over a gram of methamphetamine.  The suspect was booked into the Vista Detention Facility on drug charges.   
  • On 4/18/2016, Officer Pizzuti initiated a traffic stop for a vehicle code violation. Upon contacting the occupants of the vehicle, Officer Pizzuti noticed the vehicle engine was on despite the fact there was no key in the ignition. The occupants, both gang members, were detained.  A loaded .38 caliber handgun was found inside the vehicle.  The suspects were booked into the Vista Detention Facility on multiple charges.     
  • On 4/21/16, Officer Fuentes located a stolen vehicle in the area of Washington Ave. and El Norte Pkwy.  The driver was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Vista Detention Facility for possession of a stolen vehicle. 
  • On 4/21/2016, Officer Baeder located a stolen vehicle in the 300 block of W. El Norte Pkwy.   The driver was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Vista Detention Facility for possession of a stolen vehicle.  

Events:

  • On 4/21/2016, personnel from the Police Department participated in “Tip A Cop” at the Claim Jumper in Carmel Mountain.  The event was a success, raising over $3,650 for the Special Olympics.

  • On 4/21/2016, Officers Cuomo and Marine graduated the 106th Regional Police Academy.  

Fire: 

  • The Fire Department was recently honored by the National Weather Service for 50 years of reporting Escondido weather conditions from Fire Station 1.
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