January 9, 2020

Escondido Hero Banners Now Available
The Escondido Hero Banner Program honors men and women who serve, or have served, in the U.S. Armed Forces by offering personalized banners that will be hung from approximately Memorial Day (mid-May) to Veterans Day (mid-November) in Downtown Escondido along Grand Avenue, 2nd Avenue and Valley Parkway.
The order period for 2020 is now open!
For questions or more information visit:
https://www.escondido.org/herobanner.aspx or call (760) 839-4815.  

Escondido Library Receives Early Learning Stations and Tablets
The Escondido Library Foundation has generously donated six new AWE Early Learning Stations and six new AWE Early Learning Tablets to the Library!
The stand-alone stations have the latest educational software, a touchscreen interface and are bilingual in English and Spanish. These AWE Early Learning Stations and Tablets support school readiness and literacy in the community. The tablets are useful for a more hands-on learning experience for families when they visit the library. The tablets are for use inside the library with a valid library card.
For more information about library events and programs visit: www.escondidolibrary.org 

American Red Cross Offers Free Smoke Alarm Installations
The Red Cross responds to a local disaster like a home fire nearly once a day in our region and every eight minutes nationwide. Working smoke alarms make a lifesaving difference. Don’t forget, smoke alarms need to be replaced every 10 years, so if you haven’t replaced your smoke alarms since 2010, act now! If you need smoke alarms in your home, please request a free smoke alarm installation visit from the Red Cross at www.SoundTheAlarm.org/SanDiego or call 619-354-9609.

BY THE NUMBERS

Public Works

Code Enforcement 

Business Licenses

Graffiti Restitution

Fire:

 Police:

December Abandoned Vehicle Data

Building Division:
*Data reflects activity through January 4 of each year.

VOLUNTEER PROGRAM

Past Projects:
On Saturday, December 21, seventeen Boy Scout volunteers working on an Eagle Scout project painted fire hydrants in Escondido. They were able to paint and service 27 hydrants. Local business Sculpt Nouveau graciously donated 3 gallons of the required reflective yellow paint for this project. Will Shitting organized the group and overall logistics. This was a coordinated effort between the Fire Department, Utilities, and the volunteers. Thank you to all!

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

POLICE DEPARTMENT

Incidents:

Gun Pulled on Resident Parking His Car
On December 21, 2019, at about 5:50 p.m., the victim was parking his vehicle on Buchanan St. when he was approached by a Hispanic male and asked, “Are you here to pick up?”  The victim had no idea what the suspect was referring to.  The suspect pulled a hand gun on the victim and pointed it at him.  The victim drove away.  The suspect was described as a Hispanic male, 5’8” tall, wearing a blue SD Padres shirt and blue jeans.

Car Crashes into Home
At 10:45 p.m. on New Year’s Eve, police and fire personnel responded to the 500 block of W. Washington to investigate a vehicle crash into a house.  Police arrived at the location and discovered a blue Ford SUV had left the roadway and collided into the front of the house.  The driver fled the vehicle before police arrived.  No one was home when the collision occurred.  A building inspector responded to evaluate the integrity of the structure.

Man Brings Handgun to House Party
On December 31, 2019, at 11:30 p.m., the suspect, 34-year-old Sean Barbosa of Escondido, walked into a party in an apartment in the 400 block of Beaumont Glen.  The resident did not know Barbosa and became suspicious.  The resident decided to search Barbosa and retrieved a handgun and high capacity magazine from him.  The resident called the police and Barbosa fled.  Officers arrived and the resident gave a description of the suspect and turned the hand gun over to the police.  90 minutes later, officers were dispatched to the same neighborhood because a suspicious male was looking into vehicles.  The officers located Barbosa who had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.  Officers recognized that Barbosa matched the earlier description of the gun-toting man.  Barbosa was identified by the resident as the individual in possession of the firearm and the magazine.

COPPS:
The COPPS (Community Oriented Policing and Problem-Solving) Unit is dedicated to increasing the quality of life for the residents of Escondido through pro-active responses to crime trends, quality of life issues, and addressing crime and public nuisance in Grape Day Park and at Maple Plaza.     

  • 2 arrests
  • 7 citations
  • 75 extra patrols/calls for service

Events: 

The EPD Police Athletic League (PAL) Awards Scholarship to Victim
During the last week of December, PAL presented Rosie a $500 scholarship for college.  She currently attends college and desires to go to law school and be a prosecutor.  Rosie was identified as a crime victim and demonstrated exceptional courage during the court process resulting in the suspect being sentenced to life in prison. 

FIRE DEPARTMENT

News:

Fire Engineer Shaun Skelton and his wife Megan understand how meaningful a new book is to hospitalized children. When their 1 ½ year old daughter Sloane was hospitalized long term in 2018 while receiving treatment for Hurler’s Syndrome, she would light up when she received a new book to explore. Since Sloane’s passing, Shaun and Megan have held book drives each year to donate new children’s books to Rady Children’s Hospital in San Diego. The #BeKindforSloane campaign has also become an annual event to help educate people about Hurler’s Syndrome which is a rare genetic condition. Thanks to generous donations from hundreds of people, Shaun and Megan delivered more than 800 new books to Rady Children’s Hospital on December 18, each with a sticker with Sloane’s name so her legacy lasts a lifetime. 

On December 21, 2019, the San Diego Regional Fire Foundation awarded a $1,000 grant to the Escondido Fire Explorer Post to cover the cost of uniforms and other expenses for Explorers who might otherwise not be able to afford to participate in the program. For more information about the Fire Explorers, visit https://fire.escondido.org/explorers.aspx

On Monday, December 23, 2019, at approximately 6:15 p.m., the Escondido Fire Department responded to a reported house fire on Valle Grande near Sierra Linda Drive. Upon arrival, firefighters found the home’s garage fully involved with fire. The fire was contained in about 30 minutes and although the garage sustained extensive damage, firefighters were able to keep it from spreading into the living area of the house. Fortunately, there were no injuries and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

On Thursday, December 26, 2019 at approximately 7:32 a.m., the Escondido Police and Fire Communication Center received a report of a home in the area of Via Valle Vista and Via Loma with smoke coming from inside the residence and from the roof. When firefighters arrived they found that fire had spread in the walls and attic near the chimney. Due to the extension of the fire, a second alarm was requested. The fire was contained in about 40 minutes and the home sustained moderate damage. Fortunately, there were no injuries. Due to the damage to the home, Red Cross provided shelter assistance to the displaced family and a gift card from California Fire Foundation was provided for immediate essential needs. 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:

  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 will be issued next week.
  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.
  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 revised plans are expected next week.
  1. Discount Tire Expansion – (Developer: Reid Kunisghe, raSmith, Inc.) 209 S. Escondido Blvd. and 339 W2nd Ave. - A proposal to demolish the existing Discount Tire store and an adjacent bridal shop and construct an expanded tire store with 8,192 SF of floor area.  An amendment to the Downtown Specific Plan and CUP were filed on June 19, 2019.  The Planning Commission recommended approval of the proposal on December 10, 2019.  A City Council hearing has been scheduled for January 15, 2019.

Industrial

  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 submitted on August 14, 2018.  All departments have completed their initial review and comments were sent to the applicant on September 17, 2018.  SDG&E also has provided comments regarding the high voltage power lines that traverse the site.  The applicant’s traffic consultant submitted revised methodology and distribution to Engineering on October 19, 2018, and a revised Traffic Impact Analysis was submitted to Engineering on August 8, 2019.  The developer and consultant team met with Engineering and Planning on August 20, 2019, to discuss proposed traffic mitigation measures.  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 first draft of the proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration (MND) was submitted for review on November 20, 2019, and Planning provided comments during the week following Christmas.  A 60% design meeting occurred on December 9, 2019, and additional design work is on-going.
  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.  Staff comments on the revised tentative map are expected to be issued next week. 
  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.  Partial staff comments were issued in mid-December for Villages 2 and 3 and the Country Club Drive improvements.  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 the year.
    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.  The City Attorney’s Office is reviewing 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 – A proposed Tentative Map, Planned Development, Specific Plan Amendment and EIR to redevelop the 13.8-acre former hospital site. Up to 5,500 square feet of recreation or commercial space could be included.  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.  The applicant revised the plans to increase the unit count from 424 units to 510 units.  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 meeting with Fire officials to discuss access requirements and hydrant locations occurred on November 26, 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.
    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 applicant submitted a precise grading plan for the entire site on January 3, 2020.
  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.  Incomplete plans for North were submitted in mid-November and immediately returned to the engineer.  Improvement plans for the North were resubmitted on December 27, 2019.  Utilities issues remain unresolved.  Planning approved the South landscape plan.  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.  Street improvement and open space issues are being addressed by the applicant and revised plans are expected next week.  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.
  1. Accessory Dwelling Units – Planning staff is currently working on eleven (11) applications for accessory dwelling units. Thirty-two (32) 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 81 permits (including 12 solar photovoltaic) with a total valuation of $655,575.
  1. Our building inspectors responded to 59 inspection requests. 103 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 is pending the receipt of all final reports from the contractor.
  1. The new two story church sanctuary building at 1864 N. Broadway has received a 30-day Temporary certificate of Occupancy and is progressing toward Final C of O.
  1. The new 105 room hotel at 200 La Terraza is currently operating on a Temporary Certificate of Occupancy, pending Engineering final approval. Work is on-going to complete Engineering conditions, however, additional time is needed and the developer has been granted a series of 30-day extensions for the TCO with the next expiration set for January 18, 2020.  Traffic signal poles have been set in place and should be fully operational by the first week of January. 
  1. The Gateway Grand (now renamed “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 is on-going in Building B on the 4th Top-out plumbing is being installed on the 3rd and 4th floors of Building A. Building B framing has been completed and approved.  Drywall installation is on-going in Building B.  Partial Exterior lath installation is ongoing in Building A.
  1. The new apartments at 917 W Lincoln Ave, consisting of 3 buildings and 9 total units, has been completed and is ready for occupancy. This project will no longer appear in the weekly report.
  1. The new two-story, 20,000 sf office building for Superior Ready Mix on 1564 W Mission had an interior framing inspection on December 19, 2019.
  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.  Staff has been informed by KB’s permit coordinator that requests for permit issuance of the first phase could be occurring within the next 2 to 3 weeks. The number of homes in the first phase could total between 12-16 dwellings. Construction of the Guard shack is currently underway with framing, roof sheathing, drywall and exterior lath approved.  Precise Grading plans for Phases 1 & 2, totaling 12 SFD’s, are currently in review.
  1. The Starbucks building located at 350 W Valley Pkwy has received partial pre-roofing inspection to allow for shear transfer connections to be placed. Exterior shear has been approved. Rough framing, electrical, plumbing and mechanical has been approved. Drywall & Exterior Lath have been approved. Final inspection of “shell only” is currently in progress and awaiting the installation of exterior building finishes. Framing of the interior tenant improvements has been approved. Temporary gas and electrical meters have been released.
  1. The Medical office building located at 2130 Citracado Pkwy has received partial foundation inspection and partial underground electrical conduit inspection. Underground plumbing, foundation work and steel reinforcement is on-going in preparation for future inspections. Partial slab construction has been approved.
  1. Building staff is currently preparing plan check fee estimates for model homes for the Villages (Escondido Country Club) project.

ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT

Capital Improvements:

  1. El Norte Parkway Improvements –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. Bridge abutments have been backfilled, concrete median curbs have been placed. Bridge barrier walls and sidewalks are to be placed this week. Irrigation and electrical conduit are being installed. Fifty-one (51) working days are remaining for project completion.

  1. Transit Center Pedestrian Bridge ProjectNo changes from that reported last week. The contractor is continuing to build the masonry flood walls located at 3rd and Spruce Street and is continuing to grade the channel walls at the Valley Parkway location.
  2. 2019 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project Rebid- This year’s project will resurface approximately 71-lane miles of pavement, replace 0.59- miles of sidewalk, restripe 2.5- miles of bike lanes, install 51 pedestrian ramps, and replace 90 street trees that were 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. The contract has been signed and the project preconstruction meeting will be scheduled for January 2020. With a projected start in February. More information can be found at https://www.escondido.org/city-of-escondido-street-maintenance-program.aspx
  3. Storm Drain Pipe Lining and Rehabilitation Project Phase1 –This project has been completed.

 Private Development:

  1. Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community –No changes from that reported last week; The developer completed final asphalt placement throughout the tract. 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 will be working on punch list items.
  3. Tract 934 – 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 reported last week; This project is a 3 lot subdivision located adjacent to Tract 934. The contractor has placed base material for the roadway widening on Pear Blossom Place.  
  5. KB Homes Oak Creek Project No changes from that reported last week; The construction of on site improvements are continuing this week.   
  6. North American Self Storage –Metcalf road resurfacing work is completed. This project is in the Punch List Phase. The project is located at 852 Metcalf Street.
  7. Pradera by Lennar No changes from that reported last week; The construction and installation of 779’ of12” water main along Conway Drive, between Lehner Drive and Rincon Avenue is complete. The contractor is tying the new line to the Cities potable water system.
  8. Henry Ranch Tract 920No changes from that reported last week; The project is located at the intersection of El Norte Parkway/Lincoln Avenue. The contractor has been issued a Grading Permit and grading has begun this past week. 433,000 cubic yards of material will be processed during the grading operation with 50,000 cubic yards of material being exported off site.
  9. The Villages No changes from that reported last week; 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. Contractor to start installation of the new sewer line.
  10. SDG&E 16” Gas Main Replacement: No changes from that reported last week; The City has issued an Encroachment Permit for pot holing 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. Pot holing will begin this week. The construction phase is not expected until 2021.
  11. Escondido Giving Arch: A gateway arch is being constructed spanning Grand Ave at Centre City Parkway. When completed this arch will be 108 feet across. The color and design will match the Downtown architecture. Work has started on the foundations this week.

GRANT APPLICATIONS

Applications:

  • None this week.