CMO HOLIDAY STAFFING 

There will be no City Manager’s Update next week. 

SPECIAL EVENTS 

There are no special events scheduled this weekend.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Planning: 

  • The Valiano project (362 units on 209 acres in Eden Valley) was revised and resubmitted to the County on December 12th. The updated Vesting Tentative Map, Site Plan, and Preliminary Grading Plan are posted on the County’s Current Projects website at http://sdcounty.ca.gov/pds/regulatory/docs/valiano.html. The public review of the Draft EIR and technical studies is anticipated to start in February 2015.
  • Major Projects Update:
    • Oak Creek (NUW) – The consultant continues to prepare draft responses to comments on the Draft EIR; staff reviews the draft responses as they become available. Due to the extensive number of comments received, the anticipated submittal date for the Final EIR has been extended into early January. Staff continues to review other revised plan submittals as they are received, and has provided a detailed schedule to the applicant regarding necessary milestones in order to accommodate the applicant’s goal of a tentative Planning Commission hearing date on January 27th. Staff design review of proposed residences has been completed.
    • Amanda Lane (NUW) – LAFCO has requested that additional properties to the south and east be prezoned as part of the annexation request. The Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) has been released for public review; the public review period ends on January 21, 2015. 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.
    • North Broadway Deficiency Area Projects – The Pickering annexation is anticipated to be considered by LAFCO in March 2015. 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. Staff is also working with the anticipated developer regarding a comprehensive grading plan and associated design changes with the goal of achieving substantial conformance for the adjacent subdivisions, as anticipated in the development agreements.
    • Zak Planned Development – The applicant’s engineer has submitted revised improvement plans for the approved 76-unit condominium project; the plans are under review. Additional information has been requested to complete the plan check and prepare a fee estimate.
    • 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 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; architectural design and adequacy of guest parking. 

 Building Division:  

  • The Building Division is not experiencing the traditional holiday slow down this year. 52 permits were issued this week with a total valuation of $539,583. Most of the permits issued were photovoltaic, tenant improvements, room addition and miscellaneous type permits.
  • Inspections and counter contacts remain constant with average daily inspections of 21 and average daily counter contacts of 32.
  • Photovoltaic permits are again dominating the permit activity for the week with 23 permits issued and 16 more in for plan review. Building has issued 774 photovoltaic permits this year compared to 449 issued at the same time last year.
  • 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.

 

  • The new Chick-Fil-A at 1290 Auto Parkway has received a final inspection approval from Fire and will request a final inspection from Building after the New Year.
  • Construction activity and inspections are continuing at the Monticello assisted living facilities at 930 Monticello Dr.
  • Smoke damage from the fire which occurred early Sunday at the Brookstone store in the Westfield mall affected several businesses including Starbucks, Apple, and an adjacent clothing store. While Brookstone remains closed in order to make the necessary repairs, the other businesses reopened yesterday. Staff will expedite the review of any permits over the counter to facilitate their reopening. 

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS 

2013/2014 Street Maintenance Project:
The project has been completed. 

The Jesmond Dene Ball Field Lights:
All of the product submittals have been completed and approved by the design engineer. The light poles are scheduled for a Monday, January 19 delivery. 

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. Low bidder as well as the Notice to Proceed will be announced.    

Private Development 

Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Road, County Project:
The construction of the Cities new 24” water main has resumed, the contractor will be closing Idaho Avenue this week to construct the water main crossing. Detours are in place which will minimize inconvenience to residences in the area. The contractor in installing water laterals along Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Ave and Birch Avenue this week; single lane traffic control with flagmen are in place with minimal back up due to the absence of school traffic.   

PUBLIC SAFETY 

Police:
Ed Varso will be promoted to Lieutenant effective January 17, 2015.