February 13, 2020

Block Party Benefiting Rosie’s Cafe
On Monday, February 17, the Food Network’s Restaurant: Impossible will be back in Escondido for a special taping of an episode.
Chef Robert Irvine will be hosting a block party and fundraiser benefiting Rosie's Café. The block party and event will take place on W. Grand Ave. in front of the café.
All of the proceeds raised at this event will benefit the owner Kaitlyn who was severely injured in an accident.
Tickets are $20.00.

Free Smoke Alarm Installation – “Sound the Alarm, Save a Life”
The Red Cross of San Diego has always assisted victims of fire and other natural disasters. This year the Red Cross has embarked on a program: “Sound the Alarm. Save a Life” to save lives by installing smoke alarms to anyone in need, free of charge! To schedule an installation appointment, visit:
Link Here 

The Red Cross is also looking for volunteers to help with this program.

Local Fire Alarm Installation Events:
In 2020 the City of Escondido and the Red Cross will be partnering for local installation events in our mobile home parks. The Red Cross will be supplying all alarms and installation, and Escondido Fire staff will be assisting. So far, the following parks are scheduled for installation events:

  • Carefree Ranch
  • Imperial Escondido Mobile Estates
  • Mobilepark West
  • Town & Country Club Park

This partnership is a continuation of efforts to ensure as many residents have working smoke alarms as possible!

SDG&E to Start Upgrading Natural Gas Pipeline in Escondido
Starting on February 18, SDG&E crews will be replacing 2.4 miles of vintage-pipe along Midway Drive and Bear Valley Parkway. The City of Escondido has worked with SDG&E for the past year on design and engineering plans and recently approved the traffic control plans for these roads.
Construction will begin on Midway Drive at Lincoln Avenue, and move south to Bear Valley Parkway and will end just south of Highway 78/San Pasqual Valley Road. The replacement pipeline will incorporate new safety features, including modern, thicker steel pipe, a warning mesh placed above the pipeline to minimize accidental excavations, automated shut-off valves and new fiber optic technology. Typical construction time in front of a residence or business is expected to be for only a few weeks, but some locations may take longer. Construction is expected to be complete in October. For more information visit: Link Here

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2020/21 Budget Updates:
This section is being added to the Weekly Activity Report to increase transparency, raise awareness and increase engagement on the City’s finances and budget related matters.    This section will be updated weekly to include information on upcoming public meetings, narrative about budgetary decisions departments are facing, and links to City Council meeting agendas to encourage participation in the budget process.    
The City’s annual operating budget cycle begins in January with the preparation of the budgetary forecast for the next fiscal year that runs from July 1 through June 30.  This forecast projects revenue and expenditure for the General Fund in the upcoming fiscal year.  The budgetary forecast for Fiscal Year 2020-21 is projecting a $6 million operating budget deficit.  This deficit is due to projected revenue growth not keeping pace with projected municipal costs.
City Departments have been asked to submit their Fiscal Year 2020-21 General Fund operating budgets with a 3% reduction over their prior year adopted budgets.  Departments are to specifically identify the impact a 3% budget reduction will have on the services and programs provided to City residents.  Departments are scheduled to submit budget proposals to the City’s Finance Department in February and March. 

BY THE NUMBERS

Public Works

Code Enforcement

Business Licenses

Graffiti Restitution

Fire:

Police:

January Abandoned Vehicle Data

Building Division:
*Data reflects activity through February 8 of each year.

 

VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

Get Involved:
If you would like to get involved with future projects and volunteer in Escondido, visit:
https://volunteer.escondido.org/

Past Events:
We had a great turnout for volunteer events this past weekend, highlights are below. Thank you to all volunteers for your time and effort!

  • On Saturday, February 8, the City hosted a Community Fire Hydrant Painting event. Volunteers were provided training from crews at Fire Station 2 and the Water Department, as well as given a tour of the station. A total of 37 volunteers from the community, North Coast Church and several Fire Explorers attended the event.

  • The combined efforts resulted in 61 hydrants receiving a fresh, clean look and repairs making them emergency use ready!

  • On Saturday, February 8, ten volunteers from The Escondido High School National Honors Society were at Lake Dixon for a cleanup. Thank you for your efforts!

  • On Sunday, February 9 there were 17 dedicated volunteers performing trail maintenance on the Crest Trail at Daley Ranch…in the rain! They worked to even out the trail surface and stabilize deteriorating sections of the path. Thank you San Diego Mountain Bike Association for your efforts.

POLICE DEPARTMENT

Incidents:

Woman Arrested for String of Jewelry Store Thefts
Over the past several months, multiple law enforcement agencies in Southern California have been investigating a string of high end jewelry store thefts committed by a female suspect, who has been identified as Huong Thi Tran (66) of San Diego.  Tran used a sleight of hand distraction technique to make off with expensive pieces of jewelry.  Tran is believed to have committed thefts of at least a dozen jewelry stores throughout Southern California, Texas, and Virginia.  The thefts occurred from 2008 to 2019 and the cumulative loss is in excess of $300,000.  On February 6, 2020, Tran was located at a residence in San Diego and arrested by EPD detectives.

Traffic Enforcement Detail Focuses on Distracted Drivers
On February 7, Escondido Police officers conducted a special enforcement detail focusing on reducing distracted driving.  The police department receives grant funding from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) to conduct certain types of enforcement or educational activities to increase traffic safety.  During the detail, officers stopped a total of 59 vehicles and issued 44 traffic citations.  The citations focused on use of cell phones while driving and some of the common traffic violations that result in traffic collisions.

Events:

Escondido Police Celebrates Cadet Post with Annual Awards Dinner
On February 3, our Escondido Police Cadets were honored for their service to the community at the annual awards dinner.  The Cadet Post gives young men and women ages 16 to 20 a first-hand look at the law enforcement career.  In addition to participating in police operations, they serve their community through outreach programs such as, mentoring grade school students, assisting at community events, and being goodwill ambassadors for the police department.  Congrats Cadets!

Officers Successfully Complete Probationary Period
When police officers are hired, they go through a rigorous training and evaluation period to ensure that they meet the high standards and expectations placed on the guardians of our community.  That process includes a probationary period where that initial vetting process takes place.  On February 8, Captain Dave Cramer issued Officers Ayres, Foley, and Bennett their numbered police badges to signify the successful completion of their probationary periods.

Tip of the Week
Distracted driving is any activity that diverts attention away from driving.  According to the NHTSA, 3,166 people were killed in motor vehicle crashes nationwide involving distracted drivers in 2017.  The Escondido Police Department appeals to the drivers in our community to pay attention to road at all times.  It’s not worth the consequences being a distracted driver.

FIRE DEPARTMENT

News:

On Saturday, February 1, at approximately 3:25 pm, the Fire Department was dispatched to a vehicle fire on Metcalf and Mission. Upon arrival, the Engine Captain found a large truck and a trailer fully engulfed in fire. Fire Engine and Truck crews fully contained and controlled the fire in less than an hour. There were no injuries and the fire is under investigation.

On Thursday February 6, Escondido Christian Elementary kindergarten students visited Captain Abraham and Firefighter Paramedics Passmore and Dowell at Fire Station #1 (Quince). The children enjoyed a tour of the fire station and equipment, learned what Firefighters and Paramedics do to protect our community, and learned valuable fire and safety lessons. 

On Friday, January 31, 11:50 p.m., at the Fire Department responded to a reported fire in a home in the 300 block of West Lincoln Avenue. The first arriving engine Captain reported a single story, single-family residence with heavy fire and smoke coming from the garage as well as extending into the home. Firefighters were able to rescue two dogs and contain the fire in approximately 20 minutes. Crews were on scene for several hours performing salvage, overall and ensuring that the fire was completely extinguished. The homeowner suffered minor burns attempting to save other pets in the home. Unfortunately, two dogs and one cat perished. Six other residents escaped the fire without injury. The immediate needs of the family were assisted with donated funds from the California Fire Foundation. The cause of the fire is under investigation.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Major Projects Update

The following major projects are being reviewed and coordinated by Planning, Engineering, Fire, Building and Utilities.  The list of projects below encompasses recent project updates and/or milestones from last week.  

Commercial / Office / Industrial:

  1. Raising Cane’s Restaurant – (Developer: Ada Fermin, PM Design Group) 1280 W. Valley Parkway – Demolition of vacant, former Coco’s restaurant building and construction of new 3,744 SF drive-through restaurant for Raising Cane’s.  A CUP application was filed on October 30, 2019.  The applicant recently resubmitted plans showing additional drive-through stacking.  The traffic study was submitted for review on December 18, 2019.  Department comments on the traffic study were provided on January 10, 2020, and staff is still working out traffic issues with the applicant.
  1. Mercedes Benz Expansion – (Developer: Jody Stout, Integrity Design and Construction) 1101 W. 9th Avenue – A Master and Precise Plan modification to demo the existing dealership showroom and construct a new two-story, 52,334 SF showroom, office, parts storage and service building with rooftop parking/display. The application was submitted on November 20, 2019.  Staff comments were provided to the applicant the week of December 16, 2019. The applicant informed Planning during the week of January 27, 2020 that they are pursuing a redesign to meet the most recent generation of Mercedes design specifications for dealerships.  Staff is awaiting resubmittal of the plans.
  1. 7-Eleven Gas and Convenience Store – (Developer: Golcheh Group) 900 W. Mission Ave. – A proposal to relocate a 7-Eleven from the northeastern corner of Mission/Rock Springs to the northwestern corner and add a gas station. The City Council initiated study of a General Plan Amendment (from Industrial to Commercial) for the proposal on May 15, 2019.  An application for a GPA, Zone Change and CUP was filed on September 12, 2019.  A comprehensive list of comments from all departments was sent to the applicant on October 11, 2019.  The applicant submitted a traffic study on December 17, 2019, and the latest staff comments were returned on February 11, 2020.  The comments identify anticipated traffic impacts as well as suggested mitigation.
  1. Citracado Business Park (Developer: Dentt Properties) 2207 Harmony Grove Road – A proposed specific plan for two industrial warehouse/office buildings (145,930 SF and 125,930 SF) with the buildings to be separated by the future extension of Citracado Parkway. The application was initially submitted on August 14, 2018, for a single tenant to use both buildings.  The developer is now in discussions with new tenants regarding revisions to the development plans and expects to submit revised plans soon.  Two vacant residences on the site were demolished on October 4, 2019. 

City Projects

  1. Membrane-Filtration Reverse Osmosis/ MFRO (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) SE corner Ash/Washington – On January 16, 2019, the City Council expressed continued support for the MFRO, but directed staff to investigate moving the facility from Ash/Washington to another location. A city-owned property located at 901 W. Washington Avenue has been selected as the new MFRO site.  A Design Build Agreement was approved by the City Council on April 3, 2019.  The Design Build Agreement with Filanc+BC Joint Venture provides for design and pre-construction services.  The Design Build team met with Utilities and Planning on May 15, 2019 and June 5, 2019 to discuss design and timeline issues.  City staff met with the Design Build team to review site plan comments on August 14, 2019, and again on September 3, 2019.  A Plot Plan application was submitted for review on October 14, 2019.  A comment letter was issued on November 6, 2019, and a follow-up meeting with Utilities occurred the next day.  The second draft of the proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) is expected to be submitted soon.  A 60% design meeting occurred on December 9, 2019, and a follow-up meeting to discuss architecture occurred on January 30, 2020.
  1. Lake Wohlford Replacement Dam (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) – A Draft EIR was prepared and issued for a 45-day public review period that began on October 4, 2016 and closed on November 17, 2016. A field visit with staff from the state and federal wildlife agencies took place on May 11, 2017, to review biological mitigation requirements including an agency request for full mitigation for emergent vegetation at the eastern end of the lake that came into existence since the lake level was reduced for safety reasons.  Staff sent a follow-up letter to the wildlife agencies on June 29, 2017, seeking clarification on the proposed biological mitigation requirements. Additional information has been compiled and analyzed by the City’s biological consultants based on recent conversations with the agencies.  The biological consultant and staff met with the wildlife agencies on November 28, 2018 to discuss a modified approach to fulfilling mitigation requirements.  Written information summarizing what was discussed at the meeting was transmitted to the agencies on December 4, 2018.  City staff prepared a revised assessment of potential biological impacts and met with the agencies to present the findings.  Additional information requested by the agencies was prepared and submitted as requested.  The agencies ultimately responded they do not concur with the alternative mitigation proposal and the issue remains unresolved.  Utilities is currently discussing a potential legislative solution to extend the state 1E Grant Funding.  On December 18, 2019, the City Council considered a proposed amendment to the design contract to provide additional engineering services to evaluate the feasibility of rehabilitating the existing Lake Wohlford Dam and associated structures to address seismic deficiencies in lieu of building a replacement dam.

Residential

  1. Harvest Hills (aka Safari Highlands Ranch) (Developer: Jeb Hall, Concordia Homes) 550 lots east of Rancho San Pasqual – A Notice of Availability for the Draft EIR was issued on October 16, 2017 for public review and comment. The comment period ended on January 2, 2018.  Staff transmitted all the comment letters and emails to the EIR consultant for review and to prepare a response to each comment.  The Draft EIR and appendices have been posted on the City’s website at the following link: 
    https://www.escondido.org/safari-highlands-ranch-specific-plan.aspx
    The responses to comments have generated related revisions to the project design. The applicant’s engineer submitted a revised tentative map on October 26, 2018.  Generally, the amount of grading and the area of disturbance has decreased, while the overall number of 550 residential lots has remained the same.  Engineering met with the project engineer and applicant on January 31, 2019, to discuss their comments on the revised tentative map.  The applicant met with Traffic Engineering during the week of February 25th to discuss off-site improvements.  Staff, applicant and biological consultant met with the wildlife agencies on April 23, 2019, to discuss the revisions to the project design mentioned above.  The applicant and staff met on June 20, 2019, to refine the list of outstanding issues remaining to be resolved prior to advancing to public hearings for the project.  The applicant met with Traffic Engineering staff on August 15, 2019, and agreement was reached on several of the off-site mitigation locations on October 28, 2019.  Additional information regarding biological resources was submitted on August 29, 2019.  A revised tentative map addressing previous staff comments was submitted on November 6, 2019.  The revised tentative map and exhibits have been posted on-line at the link above.  A third amendment to the EIR contract for additional consultant funding was approved by the City Council on November 20, 2019.  The revised specific plan was submitted on January 14, 2019.  A consultation with the San Pasqual Tribe occurred on January 21, 2020.
  1. 18 lots at 701 San Pasqual Valley Rd (Developer: Bob Stewart) – A tentative map for ten single-family lots was approved by City Council on February 8, 2008. The applicant has been working to revise the map to develop more homes on the property.  In response to follow-up discussions with the applicant about revising the map, comments were provided on April 29, 2019.  Additional discussions between the applicant and the City to resolve project issues also occurred on June 20, 2019. 
  1. The Villages at Escondido Country Club (Builder: Lennar Homes) 380 residences – The City Council voted 3-2 to approve the project on November 15, 2017. The applicant submitted rough grading plans, drainage improvement plans and utility relocation plans for all three villages on May 7, 2018. A revised Certified Tentative Map for substantial conformance review was submitted on May 23, 2019 and included a proposal to relocate approximately 10 residential lots within the development.  The revised Certified Tentative Map was approved on September 3, 2019.  A rough grading permit for Village 1 was issued on September 16, 2019, and grading is underway.  All remaining buildings in the village center area of Village 1 have been demolished.  Final engineering for Villages 2 and 3 was resubmitted to staff on October 14, 2019.  This includes rough grading plans, improvement plans, and the final map.  Village 1 improvement plans were approved on November 8, 2019.  A design review application for all residences was submitted on November 20, 2019.  CC&Rs are also under review.  Precise grading plans have been submitted for the model homes.  Building permit applications for the model homes were submitted before the end of 2019.  Comments on final engineering for Villages 2 and 3 were sent to the project applicant on January 27, 2020.  Country Club Drive improvement plans are nearing approval.  Planning met with the applicant on February 4 to discuss proposed modifications to the Village Center amenities and design.
    The approved tentative subdivision map, Final EIR and appendices, Specific Plan and other related information can be accessed on the City’s website at the following link:
    https://www.escondido.org/ecc.aspx 
  1. North Avenue Estates (Developer: Casey Johnson) 34 lots at North Ave./Conway Dr. –The City Council approved the project on January 10, 2018. LAFCO approved the annexation application on October 1, 2018, and the annexation has recorded.  The new homebuilder, Taylor Morrison Homes submitted a Precise Development Plan to Planning on December 14, 2018.  Grading plans, final map and improvement plans were submitted for review on December 7, 2018.  Engineering met with the applicant’s engineer on January 31, 2019 to discuss drainage issues.  A revised Certified TM was approved on March 14, 2019.  Final engineering plans were resubmitted on March 21, 2019.  The project engineer, Engineering and County Water Authority staff met on April 2, 2019, to discuss the street and utility crossings over the CWA aqueduct.  The applicant’s engineer submitted a revised design to address the CWA issues the week of June 3rd.  Building plans for four model homes were submitted into plan check on July 15, 2019.  The most recent comments by Planning on the building plans were sent on October 24, 2019.  The Precise Development Plan was approved by the Planning Commission on August 13, 2019.  Revised grading and improvement plans were resubmitted on October 25, 2019.  Staff comments were provided on those plans and a follow-up meeting to discuss the comments took place on December 6, 2019.  The applicant is working on storm water comments and a resubmittal of plans is expected this week.  Engineering has provided comments on a proposed joint-use agreement with the County Water Authority.
  1. Sager Ranch/Daley Ranch Resort Specific Plan (Developer: J. Whalen Associates, Inc., Sager Ranch Partners) 203 housing units and 225-room resort hotel on 1,783-acres, just north and east of Daley Ranch – This proposed residential and resort hotel annexation and specific plan project was received on March 2, 2018. The project submittal has been deemed incomplete and a letter from staff requesting additional project related information was sent to the applicant on April 4, 2018. Requested information includes annexation exhibits, proposed general plan amendment text, a proposed Transfer of Development Rights Program, environmental initial study, and a fiscal impact analysis. Planning met with the applicant on May 17, 2018 to discuss items listed in the letter. A follow-up meeting to discuss engineering issues occurred on June 27, 2018. The applicant met with Escondido Fire and Valley Center Fire on August 1, 2018 to discuss fire protection issues. Significant fire-related issues to be addressed include the steepness of the project entry road, secondary emergency access and Fire Department response times. A follow-up meeting with the applicant to discuss these issues occurred on October 11, 2018.  On April 5, 2019, the applicant provided a letter response with alternative compliance proposals to address some of the fire-related issues.  On May 14, 2019 the applicant provided additional fire-related information requested by Fire and Planning.  Fire, Planning, and Engineering staff met with the applicant team on May 29, 2019 to discuss the fire-related information.  A financial feasibility study for the proposed resort was submitted on July 8, 2019.
    A project webpage containing draft documents and plans has been added to the Planning Division’s website at the following link: https://www.escondido.org/daley-ranch-resort-specific-plan.aspx 
  1. Nutmeg Condo General Plan Amendment (Developer: Jim Simmons, CCI) 137 townhome condo units on 7.7 acres on both sides of Nutmeg between I-15 and Centre City Parkway – This proposed multi-family residential development includes a GPA from Office to Urban III (up to 18 du/acre) as well as a specific alignment plan for Nutmeg and a vacation of approximately one acre of public right-of-way for use in the project. The project application was received on June 15, 2018. Initial comments from Planning, Fire, Engineering, Utilities and Traffic Engineering were provided to the applicant on July 13, 2018. A Notice of Availability for the Draft EIR was issued May 7, 2019, announcing a 45-day public review period from May 10, 2019 to June 24, 2019.  Caltrans expressed a concern for having encroachment into their right of way.  As a result, project revisions are necessary for the southern portion of the property to accommodate grading and fuel modification zone planning on-site.  The applicant met with Planning and Engineering on August 14, 2019 to discuss potential changes to the project.  The project applicant is splitting the project into northern and southern pieces.  The GPA, Final EIR and northern piece were recommended for approval by the Planning Commission on October 22, 2019.  The City Council approved the same part of the proposal on November 20, 2019.  Staff is now awaiting resubmittal of the southern portion of the project.
  1. Oak Creek (Builder: KB Homes) 65 single-family residential lots on approximately 44 acres at Felicita Road and Hamilton Lane – The Zoning Administrator approved a modification to the Precise Development Plan to revise the architecture on October 25, 2018. On-site remediation of hazardous materials has been completed and DTSC has issued a clearance letter.  On-site improvement plans have been approved.  The rough grading permit was issued on April 18, 2019, and grading has commenced on the site.  The Precise Grading Plan for the model homes has been approved and building permits for two model homes were issued the week of July 8.  A Model Home Permit was approved by Planning on July 10, 2019, for the sales office and temporary improvements.  A second plan check submittal for the final map was received the week of May 13.  Second plan check for the off-site improvement plans was received on June 3, 2019.  Engineering comments have been returned and Engineering has approved all improvements, excepting those provided for on Felicita, which additional changes are expected.  County of San Diego staff from the Parks and Public Works Divisions have met with the applicant to discuss ways to evaluate floodplain and drainage issues occurring at the Felicita Park.  A follow up meeting with Engineering occurred on August 28, 2019.  In response the applicant submitted a hydraulics study to DPW on September 9, 2019.  The applicant is currently evaluating a drainage solution that minimizes or eliminates the need to construct drainage improvements in Felicita Park.
  1. Villa Portofino (Developer: Chris Post, ATC Design Group) 15 apartment units in a three-story building with parking garage at 2690 S. Escondido Blvd. – This 15-unit multi-family residential project on a 0.52-acre parcel between S. Escondido Blvd and Cranston Drive was submitted as a Plot Plan application on November 28, 2018. A Development Agreement will be required to reduce open space.  A comment letter was issued on December 20, 2018.  Planning, Fire and Engineering met with the applicant on June 10, 2019, to discuss revisions to the plans intended to address the previous comments.  A revised project design was routed to all departments on August 23, 2019.  Planning has notified the applicant the project design is not consistent with the South Centre City Specific Plan.  Engineering and Utilities comments were provided to the applicant on October 2, 2019 and staff has engaged in several follow-up meetings with the applicant.
  1. Palomar Heights (Developer: Ninia Hammond, Integral Communities) Demolition and redevelopment of the old Palomar Hospital site with 510 multi-family units with 10,000 SF of commercial – A proposed Tentative Map, Planned Development, Specific Plan Amendment and EIR to redevelop the 13.8-acre former hospital site. A partial project application was submitted on December 24, 2018.  Engineering and Planning comments on the initial project submittal were sent to the applicant on February 12, 2019.  A contract for a developer-funded planning consultant to work on this project as an extension of Planning staff was approved by the City Council on February 13, 2019. Planning Engineering and Fire met with the applicant team on February 27, 2019 and again on April 24, 2019 to go through proposed revisions to the site plan and building designs.  A Notice of Preparation (NOP) for the Draft EIR was issued on May 3, 2019 and a public scoping meeting took place on May 20, 2019.  The public comment period for the NOP closed on June 3, 2019, and approximately 28 comment letters and written forms from the scoping meeting were received.  Resubmittal of the redesign package was filed on June 25, 2019.  Design and site plan information was submitted on July 1, 2019 and a screen check EIR was submitted on July 29, 2019.  City comments on the design package was transmitted on August 2, 2019.  Comments on the screen check EIR were issued on August 27, 2019, and a second screen check of the EIR was submitted on December 5, 2019.  The third revision to project plans was submitted to Planning on September 11, 2019.  A Planning Commission work session focused on project design occurred on October 8, 2019.  A City comment letter, including Planning Commission feedback on design review, was transmitted to the applicant on October 21, 2019.  A fourth resubmittal of plans occurred on December 23, 2019.  On January 8, 2020, the applicant met with staff from multiple departments to discuss permitting and logistics for the demolition of all existing structures on the site.  City comments on the second screen check of the draft EIR were provided on January 10, 2019, and third screen check comments have been issued.  Staff comments on the revised plans are expected to be issued next week.  Public review of the Draft EIR is expected to commence soon after receipt of the next round of traffic revisions.
    The development proposal and other related information can be accessed on the City’s website at the following link:
    https://www.escondido.org/palomarheights.aspx 
  1. Henry Ranch (Builder: Joe Martin, Trumark Homes) An approved development of 97 single-family residential homes on 74.35 acres at the eastern terminus of Lincoln Avenue – The Tract 920 development proposal was originally approved in 2007 and an extension of the associated Development Agreement was approved in 2016. Final Map, grading plans and improvement plans were submitted for initial review on February 12, 2019. Architectural plans were submitted for Design Review on February 15, 2019, and comments were issued on March 14, 2019.  The second submittal of final engineering was received on April 22, 2019, and several rounds of comments have been provided.  Planning has provided comments on the 1st check for building plans and the model home complex.  Fire met with the applicant on December 5, 2019, to discuss landscaping and fuel modification zones.  The final map was resubmitted on December 6, 2019.  The improvement plans were resubmitted the week of December 9, 2019.  The site is currently being rough graded.  The applicant submitted a precise grading plan for the entire site on January 3, 2020.  Staff met with the applicant on January 22 to discuss the off-site drainage improvements.
  1. Del Prado (Developer: Kerry Garza, Touchstone Communities) – An approved 113-unit townhome-style Planned Development located at the southwestern corner of Brotherton Road and the Centre City Parkway frontage road - The Del Prado project was approved by the City Council in May of 2016. The project site is separated into two parcels by an SDGE parcel.  Engineering and Planning are reviewing third plan check for final map, grading and improvement plans for Del Prado South.  Del Prado North is in second plan check for the same plans.  No building plans have been submitted into plan check.  Planning has provided comments for the North landscape plans.  The applicant is attempting to resolve sewer issues with the Regional Water Quality Control Board because sewer lines are proposed to cross over water lines.  Improvement plans for the North were resubmitted on December 27, 2019.  Staff comments on the grading and improvement plans were provided the week of February 3, 2020.  Staff is aware of easement issues regarding the SDG&E access easement and are still working with the applicant on that driveway design.
  1. Hacienda De Vega Redevelopment – (Developer: Tony Cassolato) A proposed residential condominium development consisting of 42 three-story attached townhomes on 1.75 acres – The project would demolish the vacant restaurant building and redevelop the entire site with residential townhomes. An application for a tentative map, plot plan and condominium permit was submitted on October 8, 2019. Initial comments from all departments were provided to the applicant on November 7, 2019, and a follow-up meeting to discuss the comments occurred on November 13, 2019.  Revised plans to address street improvement and open space issues were submitted by the applicant on December 23, 2019.  Planning hosted a neighborhood meeting on January 7, 2020, to discuss the project and hear neighborhood concerns.  The primary concern expressed by neighbors revolved around traffic in the area.  Fire is working with the applicant on circulation issues through the site.
  1. Casa Mercado Apartments (Developer: Paul Mayer, Pemcor) A four-story, 120-unit apartment complex on 2.31 acres – A proposed planned development and Specific Plan Amendment for a new residential development on Third Avenue between Quince Street and Pine Street in the Mercado District of the Downtown Specific Plan.  A previous proposal for a 198-unit project was submitted on August 2, 2019.  That project was withdrawn and the current project was submitted on January 21, 2020.  Plans have been distributed to all departments for initial review and first-round staff comments are anticipated in two weeks. 
  1. Accessory Dwelling Units – Planning staff is currently working on fifteen (15) applications for accessory dwelling units. Two (2) accessory dwelling units have been approved so far this year. Thirty-even (37) accessory dwelling units were approved in 2019.  Twenty-four (24) accessory dwelling units were approved in 2018.  Three (3) accessory dwelling units were approved in 2017.

Building Division:

  1. The Building Division issued 104 permits (including 26 solar photovoltaic) with a total valuation of $455,720.
  1. Our building inspectors responded to 203 inspection requests. 143 customers visited the Building counter during the week.
  1. No change from the previous. The Latitude 2 apartment project at 650 Center City Pkwy has received Building final approvals and Temporary Certificates of Occupancy for buildings 1-4. Field Engineering have released Building 6 for TCO. The Building Division has granted a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy, with minor restrictions and is awaiting a request for Final inspection of Bldg. 6. Final Inspection pending the receipt of all final reports from the contractor.
  1. The second phase of construction (school) associated with the recently completed church sanctuary building at 1864 N. Broadway is about to get underway.
  1. No Change from the previous. The new 105 room hotel at 200 La Terraza is currently operating on a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy, pending Engineering final approval. Traffic signal poles have been set in place and should be fully operational soon.  An additional 30-day extension of the TCO has been granted pending completion of the traffic signal.
  1. The Gateway Grand (now named “Rowan”) 126-unit apartment project at 700 W. Grand Ave. has roof framing work ongoing in Buildings A & B in anticipation for a soon to be requested inspection. Drywall installation on-going in Building B on the 4th Building B framing has been completed and approved. Drywall installation is on-going in Building B.  Building A framing work is on-going. Partial exterior lath installation is on-going at Building A.  A Temporary Certificate of Occupancy has been issued for the first floor only in the community building (Building D).
  1. No change from the previous. The new 2 story 20,000 sf office building for Superior Ready Mix on 1564 W Mission has first and second floor approval for framing, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing.
  1. No change from the previous. KB Homes, located at the Oak Creek development on Daisy Field Glen has completed the model home construction phase of the development.  Plan revisions have been submitted and are currently under review.  The number of homes in the first phase could total between 12-16 dwellings. Precise grading plans for Phases 1 & 2, totaling 12 SFD’s, are currently in review.
  1. The Medical office building located at 2130 Citracado Pkwy has received partial foundation inspection and partial underground electrical conduit. Foundation work, steel reinforcement on-going in preparation for future inspections. Underground plumbing and foundation work is on-going. Partial slab construction has been approved. Framing should commence soon. Structural steel being erected with special inspection.
  1. Building staff has completed plan check fee estimates for the Villages project and are verifying correct addressing.
  1. The new self-storage facility at 2319 Cranston Drive has approval for perimeter footings. Masonry wall construction is underway.

ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT

Capital Improvements:

  1. El Norte Parkway Improvements –The contractor is continuing to work on the median islands including the installation of a new irrigation main line. Construction of the trailhead sign continues this week. The project includes widening of El Norte Parkway at the flood control channel by the installation of a new bridge, construction of new median islands from Valley Parkway to Washington Avenue, landscaping and a drip irrigation system, a bike/pedestrian signal at the flood control channel, along with roadway resurfacing. More information can be found at https://www.escondido.org/el-norte-parkway-bridge-and-median-improvements-1.aspx. Thirty-one (31) working days are remaining for project completion.
  2. Transit Center Pedestrian Bridge Project –The contractor has back filled and paved the flood walls along Spruce St. The contractor is continuing to back fill the flood walls between Grand and Valley. Work has started on the pedestrian bridge foundations.
  3. 2019 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project Rebid - The contractor has started the tree removal and the replacement of concrete sidewalk, pedestrian ramps and driveway, south of State Route 78 near Missing Ave. This year’s project will resurface approximately 71-lane miles of pavement, replace 0.59- miles of sidewalk, and restripe 2.5- miles of bike lanes, install 51 pedestrian ramps, and replace 90 street trees that damaging concrete improvements. With the continued investment into our streets, the City has increased its Pavement Condition Index (PCI) from 55 to 61 points since 2013. This year’s project is Maintenance Zone W, which is west of I-15 between State Route 78 and Felicita Avenue. Streets include Eucalyptus Avenue, Valley Parkway between Auto Parkway and 11th Avenue, Citracado Parkway East of Valley Parkway and 9th Avenue between Auto Parkway and Hale Avenue. Out of service area street is Valley Parkway between Fig Street and Grape Street. More information can be found at https://www.escondido.org/city-of-escondido-street-maintenance-program.aspx

Private Development:

  1. Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community –No changes from that reported last week. The Project is currently in the punch list phase. The roadway connection between Vista Avenue and Vista Verde Way is scheduled to be opened to all traffic. This opening will connect El Norte Parkway to the South and Ash Street to the West.
  2. Latitude II Condominiums: Washington Avenue @ Centre City Parkway – No changes from that reported last week. The project is working on punch list items.
  3. Tract 934No change from that reported last week. The contractor has paved the in-track street. This is a 5 lot subdivision located at 1207 Gamble Street.
  4. 1221 Gamble Street No changes from that noted last week. The contractor has placed the curb and gutter along Gamble and Pear Blossom. This project is a 3 lot subdivision located adjacent to Tract 934.
  5. KB Homes Oak Creek Project No changes from that reported last week. The contractor is working on the onsite storm drain system.
  6. North American Self Storage –Punch list items have been completed. The project is located at 852 Metcalf Street.
  7. Pradera by Lennar No changes from that reported last week. The contractor has started the Conway street restoration work. The water main work included the construction and installation of 779’ of a 12” water main along Conway Drive, between Lehner Drive and Rincon Avenue. The installation is now complete. The contractor is tying the new line to the City’s potable water system.
  8. Henry Ranch Tract 920No changes from that reported last week. Contractor is continuing with the in track pad grading. The project is located at the intersection of El Norte Parkway/Lincoln Avenue. When completed the contractor will have processed 433,000 cubic yards of material with 50,000 cubic yards of material being exported off site.
  9. The Villages No changes from that reported last week. Contractor is working on the in-tract sewer main, manholes and laterals. Village 1 grading is continuing this week. Village 1 is between Country Club Drive to the south, David Drive to the east and Golden Circle Drive to the north. A total of 111 homes are to be constructed in Village 1. “No Parking” signs are placed on Country Club Drive South of Country Club Lane. The work will be for the construction of storm drain pipe at Country Club Drive and Fairway Park.
  10. SDG&E 16” Gas Main Replacement - Work is scheduled to start February 18th with the contractor potholing along Midway and installing new video detection cameras along the Midway/Bear Valley corridor. The City has issued an Encroachment Permit for potholing of utilities for a future gas main replacement project on Bear Valley Parkway between HWY 78/San Pasqual Valley Road interaction, then south to Beethoven Drive. Information is being gathered to aid in the development of the new gas main alignment. The construction phase is not expected until 2021.
  11. Escondido Giving Arch - The contractor is schedule to place concrete for the top cap at the north foundation this week. Delivery and assembling of the Arch is scheduled February 18th. West bound Grand, west of Orange Ave will be closed for approximately 6 days during this assembly of the Arch. When completed, this arch will be 108 feet across and will span Grand Avenue at Centre City Parkway. The color and design will match the Downtown architecture.

GRANT APPLICATIONS

Applications:

  • None this week.