July 8, 2021
Redistricting Commission Meeting
The next City of Escondido Independent Redistricting Commission (IRC) meeting will take place on Monday, July 12 at 5:00 p.m. The meeting agenda is available in multiple languages at the following link: Agendas - City of Escondido . You are invited to attend the meeting in person in Council Chambers or virtually via Zoom.
Our next volunteer fire hydrant painting event will be on July 17 from 8 a.m. to noon. This is a great family project or for students who need community service hours. Volunteers will give neighborhood fire hydrants a fresh look with a new coat of paint. If damage or leaks are found, volunteers will report them to the Water Department so they can quickly make repairs. Your effort will help ensure that the fire hydrants are ready to go if they are needed during an emergency!
For more information and to register, visit the Volunteer webpage.
Washington Park Pool Party
Don't let the summer float by without a visit to our Escondido community pools. In celebration of July is Parks & Recreation Month, we are hosting a Family Pool Party this Saturday, July 10 from noon - 4 p.m. at the Washington Park Pool. Entry is free. Join us for music, games, giveaways and more! More information can be found here .
Project Clean Water
The City of Escondido participates in San Diego regional education and outreach efforts for storm water pollution prevention as part of the Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Permit. The Environmental Programs Division (Utilities Department) worked with other co-permitees to re-design and launch the Project Clean Water website and social media tools for public education. The website also serves as a clearinghouse for reports, studies, and compliance plans submitted to the Regional Water Quality Control Board. The City of Escondido is located within and actively participates in the water quality improvement planning for the Carlsbad and San Dieguito Watersheds. The re-launch campaign, 52 Ways to H2O , provides the public with actionable tips to improve water quality.
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POLICE DEPARTMENT UPDATES:
On June 29, an individual reported that there was a man trying to enter their home. While still on the phone with dispatch, they advised that the subject had just shattered their sliding door and was now inside the residence. Units responded and the suspect was quickly detained.
On June 30, a Mercedes was stolen from Mercedes-Benz of Escondido. Officers located the vehicle close to the dealership and the suspect was taken into custody.
- Anonymous Tip Line: 760-743-8477 (TIPS)
- Crime Data/Mapping: https://www.crimemapping.com/
- Helicopter Announcement Transcription:
- Call 858-866-4356 or text "Hello" to 858-866-4356
- Megan's Law Information: https://www.meganslaw.ca.gov/
- Mental Health & Crisis Intervention:
- Access and Crisis Line: 888-724-7240
- It's Up to Us Campaign: www.Up2sd.org
- Get Connected. Get Help: Dial 211
- Non-Emergency Line: 760-839-4722
Escondido Police Conducts DUI Saturation Patrol*
On June 26, officers conducted a DUI Saturation Patrol detail throughout the City looking for DUI drivers. The following results were achieved:
- 13 Total Number of Traffic Stops
- 2 Non-30-Day Vehicle Impounds
- 5 Field Sobriety Tests Administered
- 0 Drug Impaired DUI Arrests
- 2 Alcohol/DUI Arrests
*This detail was made possible by grant funding from the California Office of Traffic Safety.
Western Days Parade
Each year the Valley Center community celebrates its western heritage with a series of events including the Western Days Country Fair, Parade, Chili Cook-off, and the election of Valley Center's "Honorary Mayor". Escondido Police Officer Craig Bond participated in this year's Western Days Parade on July 3.
To learn more about Western Days visit: https://www.westerndays.org/
June Abandoned Vehicle Data
FIRE DEPARTMENT UPDATES:
On June 29, firefighters were dispatched to the south parking lot of Police & Fire Headquarters for a reported vehicle fire. Upon arrival, fire crews found that a trash truck had dumped its entire load of burning trash in the parking lot. When the driver realized there was a fire in the trash compartment of the truck he found a safe open parking lot and called 911. Two engine companies were able to quickly extinguish the fire. A team from Escondido Disposal responded to remove the trash after extinguishment.
On June 30, firefighters were dispatched to a reported fire at Central Elementary School on West 4th Avenue. Although the fire was a safe distance from any buildings, there was substantial damage to a plastic play area and overhead shade structure. The fire was quickly contained and the cause is under investigation.
On July 1, Captain Collins was deployed to the 17,000-acre Lava Fire near Mt. Shasta.
COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT & ENGINEERING
Building Permits and Inspections:
1. Counter staff conducted in-person meetings with 116 applicants, processed 77 applications, and issued 85 permits.
2. The total permit valuation for the week was $3,608,198.
3. Building inspectors completed 300 building inspections.
Development and Capital Projects Update:
Curious what's happening with development projects around the City? Below is a list of active projects currently in various stages of the development process. Items with bold text have been updated since last week's report. To learn about previous applications for residential and commercial development permits, please visit the Development Project Information Archive page or contact the Planning Division.
Commercial / Office / Industrial:
1. Interfaith Recuperative Care Facility/Hotel - (Developer: Interfaith) 555 N. Centre City Parkway - Conversion of the existing lodging facility (America's Best Value Inn) and construction improvements to establish a residential care facility designed to provide a variety of transient stays for at-risk individuals, homeless, etc. The Conditional Use Permit was approved by the Zoning Administrator on May 25, 2021. Grading, landscaping, street improvement, and building plans are currently under review.
2. Medical Office Building West - Palomar Health Hospital Campus (MOB-West, Developer Palomar Pomerado Health) - A three-story medical office/outpatient facility of approximately 72,000 square feet. Approval for design review was issued by the Planning Division on January 17, 2013. The applicant recently requested some changes to the zoning permits and a substantial conformance determination was approved March 5, 2021. Grading and building permits are currently under review.
3. ERTC/Palomar Health Parking Structure (Developer: McCarthur Construction). An application request was received on October 21, 2020 to build 1,906 parking spaces at the new hospital campus. The proposed parking garage is six stories. Approval for design review was issued by the Planning Division on April 4, 2021. Grading and building permits are currently under review.
4. Carvana - (Developer: Jo Ryan, Carvana) 559 N. Hale Avenue - A vending machine car dealership, consisting of 5,800 square feet within an eight-tier glass and steel tower structure up to 75 feet in height. The project was approved by the City Council on August 23, 2020. Construction is underway and can be seen on the east side of Interstate 15.
5. Meyers Avenue Industrial (Developer: OnPoint Development) - 68,900 square foot industrial building on an existing 4.95 acre vacant lot located at 2351 Meyers Avenue. The application was originally submitted in November 2020, and is currently in the entitlement process.
6. 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 showroom, office, parts storage and service building. The project is still in the entitlement phase; however, the applicant is completing final revisions to the project materials in response to City comments. It is anticipated that this project will be reviewed and considered by the Planning Commission at a meeting in August.
7. Raising Cane's Restaurant - (Developer: Ada Fermin, PM Design Group) 1280 W. Valley Parkway - A 3,744 square foot drive-through restaurant located on the east side of the southbound off-ramp on W. Valley Parkway. The project was approved by the Planning Commission on July 14, 2020 and is now under construction.
8. 7-Eleven Gas and Convenience Store - (Developer: Golcheh Group) 900 W. Mission Ave. - A 4,000 square foot convenience store with eight fuel dispenser pumps on the northeastern corner of Mission/Rock Springs. The project was approved by the City Council on January 13, 2021. Building plans were submitted for review on July 1, 2021, however grading, landscaping and public improvement plans remain outstanding.
9. Solaris Business Park Annexation - (Developer Whalen and Associates) 657 N. Country Club Lane - A four-lot, light-industrial and medical office complex on approximately 45 acres of land, just northwest of the Palomar Medical Center. The annexation will be processed as a new specific plan. The application is still in the entitlement phase. It is anticipated that an Environmental Impact Report will be prepared for this project.
10. Oak Creek (Builder: KB Homes) - A 65 single-family home development on approximately 44 acres at Felicita Road and Hamilton Lane. City Council approved the project on March 4, 2015 and a map extension was approved by the Planning Commission on April 18, 2018. Building permits were issued for 45 homes the week of June 21, 2021, and construction is underway.
11. Conway Drive Subdivision (Developer: Conway Stanley Properties, LLC) - This project is a 41-lot subdivision on the west side of Conway Drive, both north and south of Stanley Place. The project would include 40 single-family homes and seven affordable condominium units. The application was submitted on June 3, 2021, and staff sent initial comments to the applicant on July 2, 2021.
12. Palomar Heights (Developer: Ninia Hammond, Integral Communities) - An approved land use development application consisting of the demolition and redevelopment of the old Palomar Hospital site with 510 multi-family units with 10,000 square feet of commercial. This project was approved by City Council on February 10, 2021. The next step for the project's implementation involves the submission and approval of grading, landscaping, street improvement, and building plans. The City approved a design review submittal on June 11, 2021 addressing some of the project's conditions requiring architectural building design changes. The City is currently reviewing demolition plans to remove the existing structures from the premises. Grading and improvement plans, and final map were submitted for the first round of review the week of July 5, 2021.
13. Del Prado (Developer: California West Communities) 2329 South Centre Parkway - A 113-unit townhome-style Planned Development located at the southwestern corner of Brotherton Road and the Centre City Parkway frontage road. The City Council approved this project on May 11, 2016. Building plans were submitted on May 20, 2021. The Final Map was approved by the City Council on May 26, 2021 and has recorded with the County Clerk. Rough grading of the site has been completed and building plans are currently under review.
14. Warmington (Developer: Warmington Residential California, Inc.) - A 62 air-space condominium development, consisting of 10, three-story buildings located in the Southern Entry District of the South Centre City Specific Plan at 2200 S. Escondido Boulevard. The project was approved by the Planning Commission on March 23, 2021. The Planning Commission is the final decision-maker for the project. Grading and building plans are under review by the City.
15. Habitat for Humanity 10-Unit Condominium Development (Developer: San Diego Habitat for Humanity) - A 10-unit development at 245 E. El Norte Parkway. All units will be for sale to low-income households. This project was approved by City Council on February 10, 2021. Grading and building plans are currently under review.
16. North Avenue Estates (Developer: Casey Johnson) - A 34 single-family home development at North Avenue/Conway Drive. The project was approved by the City Council on January 10, 2018. Grading is currently underway on the site.
17. Apollo Residential Care (NOAA Group) - An assisted living and memory care facility, with 78 units accommodating 99 beds at 3141 East Valley Parkway. The project was approved on January 14, 2020. The applicant has requested to add approximately 3,000 square feet of common space (no new units or beds), which is currently under review by the Planning Division.
18. Henry Ranch (Builder: Joe Martin, Trumark Homes) - A 97 single-family home development on 74.35 acres at the eastern terminus of Lincoln Avenue. The City Council approved this project on December 13, 2006 and the project is now under construction. The developer, Trumark, has nearly completed onsite water, storm drain and sewer utilities and is working on pedestrian ramps and sidewalks. Model homes are now open to the public, and the contractor is now focusing on new home construction.
19. The IVY (Applicant: Howard Blackson, AVRP Studios) - The project, located on the corner of Second Avenue and North Ivy Street, was originally approved in 2019 with 127 units and a small commercial space, including 24 units allocated from the City's Density Transfer Program and density bonus units for the provision of several affordable housing units. The current application consists of a request for a modification to the approved project and would include 126 affordable residential units and potentially a child care facility in-lieu of the commercial space. The current request was submitted in January 2021 and is currently in the entitlement process.
20. The Villages at Escondido Country Club (Builder: Lennar Homes) 380 residences located on the former golf course off of Country Club Lane, north of El Norte Parkway. The project was approved by City Council on November 15, 2017 and the project is now under construction.
Villages I - Work has started on the fitness center in the commercial village.
Village II - Rough grading is nearing completion.
Village III - Rough grading is nearing completion. The contractor is installing a new sewer manhole and main line at the intersection of La Brea and Country Club along with private water and sewer lines. In track curb and gutter have started to be placed.
21. Quince Street Senior Housing (Developer: Matt Jumper, 220 Quince, L.P.) 145 apartment units at 220 N. Quince Street - The five-story affordable senior housing apartment project was submitted on November 21, 2017. The City Council approved the project on October 23, 2019. The next step for the project's implementation involves the submission of and approval grading, landscaping, street improvement, and building plans. Building plans were submitted on May 10, 2021. Plan check review was completed the week of June 21. City staff will coordinate a building plan check resubmittal with the applicant.
22. Jack's Creek TR 951 and SUB 17-0026 - (Developer New Pointe Development). An approved 12-lot, single-family residential subdivision on 3.31 acres. The site is located at the westerly terminus of Jack's Creek Road, north of El Norte Parkway, addressed as 640 Oakwood Creek Glen, formally 2888 E. Washington Avenue. The project was approved by the Planning Commission on November 13, 2007 and an extension of time was approved on September 12, 2017. The developer recently started construction on the final six homes.
23. Casa Mercado Apartments (Developer: Paul Mayer, Pemcor) - A four-story, 120-unit apartment complex on 2.31 acres on Second Avenue and Pine Street. The City Council approved the project at its May 12, 2021 meeting. The next step for the project's implementation involves the submission and approval of grading, landscaping, street improvement, and building plans.
24. North Iris Residential Development (Developer: Hallmark Communities) - An application for a Master and Precise Development Plan and Tentative Map for 102 condominiums at the southeast corner of North Iris Lane and Robin Hill Lane. The project is still in the entitlement phase. The initial application was submitted on March 11, 2021. The City completed its review and issued a comment letter on April 9, 2021 regarding the completeness of the application (i.e. notice of incomplete application). A Notice of Preparation of an EIR was issued this week.
25. Canterbury Gardens Apartment Project (Developer: Kensington Canterbury Gardens, LLC) - A Plot Plan application was submitted on January 26, 2021 for the development of an apartment project at 2402 South Escondido Boulevard (the site of the Canterbury Gardens retail store). The project proposes to demolish the existing structures on the site and construct 44 townhome-style, market-rate rental units. Units will range in size from 1,028 to 1,254 square feet, will be three stories in height, and will have two to three bedrooms. The project is still in the entitlement phase.
26. Villa Portofino - (Developer: Chris Post, ATC Design Group) 15 apartment units in a three-story building with parking garage at 2690 S. Escondido Blvd. The project is still in the entitlement phase.
27. Hacienda De Vega Redevelopment - (Developer: Tony Cassolato) An approved proposed residential condominium development consisting of 42 three-story attached townhomes on 1.75 acres. The project was approved by the City Council on October 21, 2020. The next step for the project's implementation involves the submission and approval of grading, landscaping, street improvement, and building plans.
28. 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. The project is still in the entitlement phase and was deemed an incomplete application. A project webpage containing draft documents and plans can be accessed at the following link:
29. Fig Apartments (Developer Claude Marengo) - A 15-unit, three-story, multi-family residential apartment complex on 0.59 acres. The project is still in the entitlement phase.
30. Reed Road Assisted Living Facility (2525 Reed LLC) - A new residential care facility is proposed on a 4.2-acre site on 2525 Reed Road. The project is still in the entitlement phase.
31. East Valley Parkway Apartments (Developer: John Wurster) - A 50-unit mixed use affordable apartment complex consisting of four stories situated on a 21,000 square foot vacant parcel on the corner of E. Valley Parkway and Ivy Street. The project was approved by the Planning Division on June 21, 2021, and building, grading, landscaping, and public improvement plans were submitted on July 1, 2021.
32. Nutmeg Condo General Plan Amendment (Developer: Jim Simmons, CCI) - A 137-unit townhome condo project, located on both sides of Nutmeg between I-15 and Centre City Parkway. The first phase of the project was approved by the City Council on November 20, 2019. The second phase was approved by the City Council on November 18, 2020. The next step for the project's implementation involves the submission and approval of grading, landscaping, street improvement, and building plans.
33. Harvest Hills, (Developer: Concordia Homes) - 550 residential subdivision, east of Rancho San Pasqual. A project webpage including draft documents and plans can be accessed at the following link:
City Projects or Other Capital Improvement Projects:
34. Membrane Filtration and Reverse Osmosis ("MFRO") Facility - The MFRO will treat a portion of the City's existing recycled water supply from the Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility and blend it with recycled water that has not been treated by the MFRO process to produce water with a salt concentration appropriate for agricultural irrigation. The blended water will then be pumped to agricultural users. The MFRO Facility will provide high‐quality water that is low in total dissolved solids and chlorides to high-water-demand agricultural growers who serve a vital role in the City's economy. The location at 901 W. Washington Avenue was approved on April 3, 2019. The contractor, Filanc Brown & Caldwell Joint Venture, submitted building permits on March 9, 2021 and has received comments/corrections. Grading plans were approved on June 2, 2021 and the demolition of small structures on site began this week. Building plans have been resubmitted and are currently being reviewed by the City.
35. Lake Wohlford Replacement Dam - The project involves a new dam downstream (west) of the existing dam and partial deconstruction of the existing dam. The replacement dam would feature an outlet tower that is integrated into the dam's upstream face; the top of the existing outlet tower would be demolished, and the bottom of the existing outlet tower and the outlet pipe would be filled with sand and abandoned in place. The project would entail improvement and extension of an existing unpaved access road located west of the Lake Wohlford Marina, extending it to the right (north) abutment of the replacement dam. The project's EIR was certified on August 23, 2020. The next step for the project's implementation involves the submission and approval of permits and agreements by the wildlife agencies. In order to obtain environmental permits for construction, the City must prepare upstream restoration and mitigation plans, short-term and long-term habitat management plans, a watershed evaluation, perform field protocol surveys, and update the Jurisdictional Wetland Delineation survey.
36. Grand Avenue Vision Project - The Grand Avenue Vision Project is a streetscape improvement project for Escondido's historic downtown aimed at improving walkability and creating a more pedestrian-friendly environment. The project will narrow Grand Avenue to one lane in each direction, provide wider sidewalks and additional parking opportunities via diagonal parking, and remove center medians. The project will also include the installation of curb bulb-outs at intersections and installation of three round-abouts (at Maple Street, Broadway, and Kalmia Street). Wayfinding signs and ornamental lighting are proposed, and there will be opportunities for public art. This will be a phased project that will occur over several years as funding becomes available. A Mitigated Negative Declaration has been prepared and is out for public review. The first phase is anticipated to begin construction in the fall of 2021.
37. School and Traffic Safety Projects - Each year the Traffic Commission prioritizes and funds traffic safety projects focused on improving pedestrian and vehicle safety. Projects are nominated by each School District, COMPACT, residents and staff. This year four priority projects were completed, including crosswalk improvements at Oak Hill and Citrus, crosswalk improvements on Lincoln Avenue near Pioneer Elementary, pedestrian countdown timers at five intersections and an Audible Pedestrian Signal at El Norte and Centre City Parkway that serves the sight impaired.
38. Spruce Street/Transit Center Pedestrian Bridge Project - The City Council approved a Partial Notice of Completion for areas 2 and 3 on February 10, 2021, which ends the construction contract on the storm drain channel between Grand and Valley and between Spruce and Third Avenue. Those sections will now be maintained by Public Works as part of the City's storm drain system. The earthen portion between Grand and Valley will also have a contractor maintaining the plantings in that area as required by the environmental permits for the project. The contractor has started replanting and maintenance efforts in Area 1, located north of Valley Parkway, to begin the 90-day plant establishment period (PEP).
39. Creek Trail Crossing - The final design for the Creek Trail Crossings project that improves all seven Creek Trail intersections between Juniper and Citrus was approved. Improvements include a signal at Midway and rapid flashing beacons with bulb-outs, where the roadway width permits, at other locations. The project also fills in sidewalk gaps along Citrus and Midway. It is anticipated that construction will begin by late summer.
40. Citracado Parkway Extension - The project will extend Citracado Parkway between Andreasen and Harmony Grove Village Road, including a bridge over the Escondido Creek in the western portion of the City. In February, the Public Utilities Commission approved the relocation of electric transmission facilities necessary for the project. SDG&E has ordered the steel poles necessary for the relocation and expects to begin electric facility relocation in June. Bid and award of the actual road project is anticipated this summer with construction beginning in fall 2021 and completing in early 2023.
41. Escondido Entry Monument Signs - Installation of the three new "Welcome to Escondido" entry signs is complete. They are located at Grand Avenue near the Gateway Center, Via Rancho Parkway at Sunset Drive, and El Norte Parkway near Woodland Parkway.
42. Juniper Elementary Safe Routes to School Project - The purpose for this project is to provide missing portions of sidewalk, curb and gutter, and Class II bicycle lanes along Juniper Street creating a continuous, separated pedestrian pathway near Juniper Elementary and provide Safe Routes to School information at Juniper, Oak Hill, and Central Elementary Schools. This project also involves modification of traffic signals at Juniper Street & Felicita Avenue and Escondido Boulevard & Felicita Avenue. The start of construction is estimated to be summer 2022.
43. Escondido Creek Trail - In 2020 the City was awarded $8.5 million from the California Department of Parks & Recreation through the Proposition 68 Parks and Water Bond Act of 2018 to improve approximately 4.5 miles of the existing Escondido Creek Trail (between Harmony Grove Road and Midway Drive) and add approximately 0.4 miles of new bicycle path (between Harmony Grove Road and the Citracado Parkway extension) to the linear park. This project will create a double-sided trail on approximately 1.7 miles; on one side will be the existing Class I bicycle path, on the other will be a new DG trail. After stakeholder meetings and community workshops, 60% construction drawings are complete. Design review of the construction drawings will be conducted by the Planning Commission, tentatively scheduled for late summer 2021. It is anticipated that construction would start in early 2022.
44. Washington Park Skate Spot - 501 N. Rose. The City recently awarded this project bid to Geocon Skateparks. When completed, the 7000-sf skate spot offer multiple features including a quarter pipe, pump bump, grind edge, banked hip with rail, and a 5-sided pyramid. The bid award was made by the City Council on April 21, 2021. Construction started on June 7, 2021 and is expected to take approximately three months.
45. Storm Drain Pipe Lining and Rehabilitation Project Phase II - The Contractor is continuing to clean and make repairs to the storm drain flow line. The work consists of storm drain cleaning, inspection, CCTV, repairing and grouting voids, point repairs, grouting existing flow line, cured in place pipe lining, storm drain structure floor repairs, post CCTV and inspection, and overall rehabilitation of existing corrugated metal pipe storm drain systems. Contract work for this project has been completed. Notice of Completion will be presented to the City Council within the next few weeks.
46. SDG&E 16" Gas Main Replacement - In January 2019, the CPUC's Safety Enforcement Division approved SDG&E's test or replace plan for Line 1600, a 16-inch natural gas transmission pipeline which was not strength tested in 1949 when it was constructed. This next phase of PSEP projects will include 19 separate projects that will take place in the cities of San Diego, Escondido and Poway, as well as the County of San Diego. Approximately 5.4 miles of replacement and 2.7 miles of strength testing are expected to occur in Escondido from 2020-2024. The portion of the project along Bear Valley Parkway (Phase II) has been installed and is on-line, with only street paving remaining to do as of July 7, 2021. Phase III, which will be the final phase in Escondido, is currently being reviewed by Engineering Department staff, and includes portions of Lincoln Avenue (between El Norte Parkway and Midway Drive), El Norte Parkway (Lincoln Avenue to La Honda Drive), and La Honda Drive (El Norte Parkway through Daley Ranch).
47. 2021 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Projects - Phase I (Concrete and Tree Removal and Replacement): This year's work will be in the North West Zone, which is bordered by Broadway to the east, State Route 78 to the south and City limits to the north and west. The scope of work will include the removal and replacement of over 30,000 square feet of concrete sidewalks, driveways and cross gutters. 52 pedestrian ramps will be upgraded to current standards and approximately 90 new trees will be planted. Work has started in the Escondido Hills area with tree removal, removing and replacing damaged concrete sidewalks, driveways, curb and gutters. Phase II of the Street Maintenance Project will focus on street repair and rehabilitation and is anticipated to start late summer.
48. Multi Neighborhood Street Light L.E.D. Retrofit Project Phase II - This project generally consists of the removal of approximately 725 non-LED street light fixtures and safety light fixtures, and the replacement with specified L.E.D. street light fixtures and L.E.D. safety light fixtures at various locations within the City of Escondido. The contractor is continuing to retro fit the new LED lights and has moved to the South East Zone, west of Midway Drive. The project was recently completed and a Notice of Completion will be presented to the City Council within the next couple of weeks.