SPECIAL EVENTS 

No special events scheduled.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Planning: 

  • Maple Street Plaza is highlighted in an interactive map prepared by SANDAG to showcase projects completed by the jurisdictions using Smart Growth Incentive and Active Transportation Grant Program funds: www.keepsandiegomoving.com/grants .
  • Chick-Fil-A at 1290 Auto Park Way will hold a grand opening event on Jan. 14-15th. A description of their proposed activities is attatched.
  • Major Projects Update:
    • Oak Creek (NUW) – The consultant continues to prepare draft responses to comments on the Draft EIR, which are reviewed by staff as they become available. The Final EIR is anticipated to be submitted by the end of the week in anticipation of a tentative Planning Commission hearing date on January 27th.
    • 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:
    • Mitigated Negative Declaration. 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 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 applicant’s engineer has submitted revised improvement plans for the approved 76-unit condominium project; the plans are under review. The fee estimate has been provided.
    • 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  (December 21, 2014 – January 3, 2015): 

  • Attatched is the monthly building report for December.
  • The holiday slowdown hit the Building Division during the past two weeks. Only 63 permits were issued during this two week period for a total valuation of $506,451. Of the 63 permits issued, 22 were residential roof top solar permits.
  • Inspections and counter contacts were down this week with average daily inspections of 19 and average daily counter contacts of 19.
  • Photovoltaic permits continue to dominate the permit activity for the two week period with 22 permits issued. Building issued 794 photovoltaic permits for the 2014 year compared to 456 issued in 2013.
  • 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.
  • Construction activity and inspections are continuing at the Monticello assisted living facilities at 930 Monticello Dr.
  • A demolition permit was issued for the former DC furniture store at 1107 E. Valley Parkway. Demolition is anticipated to be completed within a few days. 

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS 

The Jesmond Dene Ball Field Lights:
All of the product submittals have been completed and approved by the design engineer. The contractor confirmed 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. The project will be presented to council on Wednesday, January 7 for approval. 

Maple Street Fountain:
Repairs have been completed on the fountain electrical system and the fountain has been reactivated this week. Adjustments are needed in the height of the water jets, the contractor should have these adjustments made in the coming days. The redesigned collection system to control water runoff is 100 percent successful. 

Private Development 

Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Road, County Project:
The construction of the city’s new 24” water main has resumed between Idaho Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road. Storm Drain and Dry Utility installation is continuing along Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and Idaho Avenue. 

PUBLIC SAFETY 

Police:
The Facebook post of an Escondido police car covered in snow was viewed over 12,000 times and was their third most popular post on social media.