ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

  • The North County Economic Development Corporation held its third annual North County Economic Summit on March 2.  The program included a State of the Region report entitled 2016 North County Prospects. A copy of the report is attached.
  • The Annual Cougar Classic High School softball tournament will be played from March 7th to March 14, at Kit Carson Park.  The six day tournament will be played on the four youth softball fields with 40 High School teams from the greater San Diego area attending the tournament.  Kit Carson Park will be very full during the week with games starting at 3:00 p.m. and ending by 9:00 p.m.  There will be approximately 450 families visiting Kit Carson Park daily for just this tournament alone.  Additionally, we will have our normal activities going on with youth baseball, youth softball, tennis, flag football, Sports Center sports, adult softball league and our avid park goer’s.    

SPECIAL EVENTS 

  • No special events this week.
  • For information about activities taking place in Escondido, please visit www.visitescondido.com 

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Planning:

Major Projects Update:

Commercial / Office: 

  • Escondido Research and Technology Center – East (ERTC) No change from the following update reported last week: This is a 72,000 square foot medical office building proposed on the east side of Citracado Parkway across from Palomar Medical Center located at 2130 Citracado Parkway. Building plans have been submitted for plan check. The Planning Division has approved a second set of corrected grading plans. On November 4, 2015 the City Council approved a 10-year extension to the previously adopted Development Agreement for ERTC that involves 20 lots in ERTC owned by JRMC. 
  • Escondido Research and Technology Center – West (ERTC) No change from the following update reported last week: This is a 144,000 sq. ft. development involving two medical office buildings proposed on the west side of Citracado Parkway across from Palomar Medical Center located at 2097 – 2175 Citracado Parkway. Building plans have been submitted for plan check.
  • Centerpointe 78 CommercialNo change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 45,650 sq. ft. supermarket and restaurant located at 925 N. Broadway. The project was approved by the Planning Commission on November 10, 2015. The project was approved by the City Council meeting on December 9, 2015 and filing fees were paid to the County for the EIR. Street striping plans for the project’s frontage along North Broadway were approved. 
  • Westfield TheaterNo change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 10-auditorium movie theater totaling 57,600 sq. ft. located on the north side of the Westfield Mall. The project was approved by the City Council on November 4, 2015. 
  • Felicita Development, LLCNo change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 140-unit hotel, and a gas station or office/residential care facility at the southeast corner of Felicita Rd. and Gamble Lane. The applicant and staff met with the architect to discuss building elevations, 5-story height limitations and site design issues given the existing wetland constraints on the property. Additional technical analysis and coordination is needed to address traffic, biology, water and sewer service, geotechnical and storm water concerns, along with a market study for the proposed uses. The applicant met with the wild life agencies and is responding to technical studies needed to complete the application. Tribal consultations are underway. 
  • Springhill SuitesNo change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 105-suite hotel totaling 73,300 sq. ft. located at 300 La Terraza Drive involving 4 stories, a small conference room and an enlarged lobby for serving continental breakfast. The project is in its third building plan check for this planned development. A revised set of grading plans have been approved and permits issued. Landscaping plans were submitted involving the hotel site and the parking lot of the adjacent property for review, and department comments are being finalized.
  •  BMW DealershipNo change from the following update reported last week: A Precise Plan application to expand the existing dealership showroom an additional approximately 4,000 square feet and enhance the building façade at 1557 Auto Park Way was approved by the Planning Commission on October 13, 2015. A demolition permit to remove portions of the existing structure has been issues. The project is under construction.
  •  Escondido Auto Park Association – The association is proposing to upgrade the existing electronic message sign along I-15. On September 23, 2015, the Economic Development Subcommittee considered a request by the association to enter into an agreement with the City for reimbursement of a portion of the cost of the upgraded sign and expressed support for a five-year agreement based on anticipated public benefit of additional sales tax revenue. Staff has scheduled a pre-application meeting to receive information from the applicant.
  •  Ford-Hyundai Dealership ExpansionNo change from the following update reported last week: An expansion involving approximately 13,000 sq. ft. of showroom buildings and 6,700 sq. ft. wash/detail building at 1717-1919 Auto Park Way was approved by the Planning Commission on June 23, 2015. Grading has commenced, the sign plans have been approved, and the Planning Division has signed off on the building plans.

Industrial

  • Escondido Disposal Inc. – The CUP modification to expand the existing facility was approved by the Planning Commission on August 25, 2015. The project has completed its post-approval plan check process; staff has approved the grading and landscape plans. Demolition and construction has commenced on a portion of the site. The County has notified the City that the applicant has made its application to the State permitting agency. Storm drain issues improvements that extend through the site are under construction. A revised site plan with updated parking and circulation has been submitted for staff review, staff is determining the adequacy of the storm water basins. 
  • StorQuest – This proposed project at 220 W. Mission Avenue involves a 102,500 sq. ft. development with 4-stories, 3 in-line shops and a small office in conjunction with a public storage facility. The application involving a General Plan Amendment, zone change and Planned Development was submitted for processing and routed to departments for comment.

Institutional

  • John Paul the Great Catholic UniversityNo change from the following update reported last week: A Conditional Use Permit to expand the campus and student enrollment at 155 W. Grand Avenue was approved by the Planning Commission on December 8, 2015. The proposal includes improvements to the former H. Johnson Building at 131 S. Broadway for studio and classroom space, and the former bank at 200 W. Grand Avenue for administrative offices and a student resource center. The proposed expansion would also increase the student enrollment from 300 to 1,200 students over the next several years. Staff has confirmed the availability of water and sewer connections. Staff had a conversation with the University President this week regarding potential future expansion plans beyond those previously approved. 
  • Calvin Christian Middle/High SchoolNo change from the following update reported last week: The project is an expansion involving a 15,500 SF auditorium, multi-use conference center, classrooms, terraces and walkways located at 2000 N. Broadway. Building plans have been submitted for review and comment; the grading plans have been approved. 
  • Escondido United Reformed ChurchNo change from the following update reported last week: The project is an expansion for a phased, multi-year, master construction/development plan for a new 12,250 SF two-story sanctuary, conversion of existing buildings to a social hall, demolition of an existing social hall/classroom building (approx. 4,620 SF) and construction of approximately 5,250 SF for a nursery, multi-purpose room, classrooms for Sunday school and other associated activities, and bathrooms, and an enclosed 1,835 SF central Atrium/Narthex at 1864 N. Broadway. Building plans have been submitted for review and comment for portions of project, revised architectural designs for the sanctuary have been submitted for review; the grading plans have been approved. 

Residential 

  • Oak Creek (NUW)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 65-unit single family development located at the southeastern corner of Felicita Road and Hamilton Lane. The LAFCO Board unanimously approved the annexation on October 5, 2015. Staff has returned documents to LAFCO memorializing their action that included final paperwork to be completed prior to annexation recordation.
  •  Amanda Estates (NUW)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 22-unit single family development on Amanda Lane. The LAFCO Board approved the reorganization (annexation) at their meeting on August 3, 2015. Staff has returned documents to LAFCO memorializing their action that included final paperwork to be completed prior to annexation recordation.
  •  PraderaNo change from the following update reported last week: This project consists of a 70-unit single family development located at the northeastern corner of Ash Street and Lehner Avenue. Grading and construction are underway. Staff is reviewing improvement plan and the final map submittals, as well as the precise grading plans and landscaping plans. Building Plans for three, two-story model homes have been completed and the units are currently under construction and are undergoing building inspections. A fourth single-story unit will be marketed with this development, but no model home for the single-story unit will be constructed. The developer obtained building permits for the first the first and second phases involving 16 units. Models opened on January 30, 2016.
  •  Zenner – The project is a 40-unit single family development at the northeastern corner of Lehner Avenue and Vista Avenue. Staff approved concept building elevations from the homebuilder, KB Homes, The annexation was approved by LAFCO on Sept. 14, 2015, and has been recorded by the County Recorder’s Office. Proposed street names have been submitted for Planning Division approval. Plans for constructing an off-site model complex on three separate parcels near the project has been submitted for staff review.
  •  Stella Park CondominiumsNo change from the following update reported last week: The project is a 65-unit townhome Planned Development located at 2516 S. Escondido Blvd. A Mitigated Negative Declaration was issued on February 16, 2016 for a 20-day review period that will conclude on March 8, 2016. Staff anticipates a Planning Commission public hearing on March 22, 2016.
  •  Wohlford – The project is a 55-unit single family development located on Bear Valley Parkway east of Encino Drive. Staff has reviewed revised submittals and technical reports from the applicant. A Specific Alignment Plan for Bear Valley Parkway detailing the roadway is under review. Staff concluded interviews with four consulting firms and has contacted the consultant selected for preparing the EIR who has submitted a draft scope of work. Tribal consultation meetings have been completed. The EIR Consultant and staff held a kick off meeting to commence preparation of the EIR.
  •  Latitude II No change from the following update reported last week: The 112-unit multi-family development, located at the northeastern corner of Centre City Parkway and Washington Avenue, was approved by the City Council on August 19, 2015.  A Final Subdivision Map has been submitted for review. Rough grading plans have been approved. Comments have been provided regarding the architectural plans that have been submitted for plan check.
  •  Canyon Grove Estates (Tract 932) – This project is a 179-lot single family residential development on the north side of Vista Avenue east of Conway Drive. Staff approved the substantial conformance determination for the revised tentative map and continues to coordinate with the applicant on the proposed grading plan. The applicant has concluded the mitigation credits at Daley Ranch, and is pursuing acquisitions needed for offsite improvements. Grading plans were issued; all bonds and fees have been posted. Staff worked with the applicant to modify the sewer manhole spacing for the project to facilitate the project. Removal of portions of the groves slated for development has commenced.
  •  Safari HighlandsNo change from the following update reported last week: This is a 550-unit single family development located east of the Rancho San Pasqual community and north of the San Diego Safari Park. This project involves 1,100 acres including annexation and Sphere of Influence update for a master planned community with parks, trails, recreation center, fire station, open space, on-site sewer facility for treating a portion of the on-site wastewater for irrigation purposes. Planning and Engineering extensions of staff have been funded by the applicant and retained to assist the city in processing the project. Staff met with a representative of the Fish and Wildlife Department to discuss the project. Other outreach efforts have included City of San Diego, Safari Park representatives, public agencies and surrounding residents. Interviews were held with three consulting firms bidding on preparing the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the project. The top bidder is working with staff to refine the cost and scope of services. More information about this project is on line at: http://www.escondido.org/safari-highlands-ranch-specific-plan.aspx
  •  High Pointe (Palos Vista Neighborhood 3) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a custom-home development with 39 estate lots accessed from Mesa Rock Road. Staff has prepared a bond and fee letter based on the proposed grading and landscape plans, and has sent it to the applicant.
  •  Paseo Escondido –This project is a mixed-use 122-unit multi-family planned development at the southeastern corner of Ash Street and Washington Ave. The proposed project consists of 26 one-bedroom and 96 two-bedroom apartments in three four-story buildings, and two 5,000 SF commercial buildings (10,000 SF total) oriented around an outdoor plaza. Additional submittals are required to complete the application and the applicant is conducting a soils analysis to ensure there are no onsite contaminants.
  •  Del Prado (former Woody’s site) –This project is a 113-unit Planned Development located at the southwestern corner of Brotherton Road and the Centre City Parkway frontage road. The project includes a recreational facility, pool, and open space areas Staff met with the applicant to address sewer and emergency access and engineering issues. A revised set of plans was submitted responding to staff comments. The Fire Department met with the applicant regarding emergency access. Staff is working with the applicant to develop street striping plans around the project’s frontages to ensure safe traffic movement. A Mitigated Negative Declaration will be issued on March 4, 2016 for a 20-day review period that will conclude on March 23, 2016. A Planning Commission public hearing has been tentatively scheduled for April 12, 2016.
  •  Solutions for ChangeNo change from the following update reported last week: The project is a Planned Development application for 33 affordable multi-family units. It was approved by the Planning Commission on October 13, 2015, and by the City Council November 18, 2015. Building plans have been submitted for review and a comment letter is being prepared. Staff authorized payment of Housing Division funds for reimbursement of applicant’s consultant invoices. Staff has preliminarily accepted minor redesign efforts to meet construction costs and is working with the applicant to ensure state financing remains available for the project.
  •  701 San Pasqual Valley RdNo change from the following update reported last week: A 19-unit single family development located at 1201 E. 5th Avenue (formerly Tract 898) on 7.2 acres. The application is under review and a letter detailing additional comments and submittal requirements was forwarded to the applicant.
  •  Veterans Village of San DiegoNo change from the following update reported last week: This project is a mixed-use development involving a 54-unit affordable multi-family residential apartment project for military veterans and their families. It includes on-site administration office, business center, club house and other support spaces for the residents; and a small commercial component to support training opportunities offered at the facility at 1556 S. Escondido Boulevard. Building plans have been submitted for review and comment; the grading plans have been approved.
  •  Escondido Gateway – This mixed-use project involves 122 residential units with a 3,000 sq. ft. commercial space on 2.6 acres (47 dwelling units/acre) located at 700 W. Grand Avenue (former Police Station) across the street from the North County Transit Station. Plans were submitted for the project involving a Specific Plan Amendment, Tentative Map, Planned Development and Development Agreement. Plans have been routed to various departments for comments

 Building Division

 

  •  The Building Division issued 74 permits for the week with a total valuation of $517,070.
  •  35 photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. Building has issued 201 solar permits this year compared to 150 issued for the same time last year.
  •  Building inspectors had a very busy week, averaging 34 inspections per day with 29 inspections on Friday. 7 inspections were held over on Tuesday. Our building counter was very busy this week averaging 37 counter sign-ins per day, and 27 on Friday. On Wednesday 52 customers signed-in for assistance.
  •  The 33-unit apartment complex for Solutions for Change has received the second round of plan review comments from the Building Division.
  •  The 76-unit condominium complex at 2412 S Escondido Blvd has received drywall inspections on 2 of the 3 buildings.
  •  No change from the following update reported last week: The new 24-Hour Fitness at the North County Mall is in the process of preparing for their final framing inspection for their tenant improvement.
  •  No change from the following update reported last week: The new Taco Bell restaurant and office building on North Escondido Blvd are preparing their project site for final inspection and occupancy.
  •  No change from the following update reported last week: The Meadowbrook assisted living facility at North Broadway has received inspection approval for their podium slab and are beginning framing on the first floor.
  •  Permits were issued for the tenant improvement for Kiesel Guitars at 2015 Aldergrove.
  •  Plans were submitted for 3 model homes for KB homes at N. Ash St.
  •  Plans were submitted for the new Dialysis center tenant improvement at 1951 Citracado Parkway.
  •  The monthly Business License report is attached.

 Code Enforcement:

 

  •  As of February 29, 2016, the total number of open code enforcement cases is 357 cases. During the prior week, 79 new cases were opened, and 57 cases were closed, with a backlog of an additional 16 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation.
  •  There were 79 illegal signs confiscated during the weekend.
  •  Last week the Business License Division issued 29 new licenses and received 38 new applications, in addition to 283 renewals.

 

 Public Art:

  • Weather permitting, Queen Califia’s Magical Circle in Kit Carson Park (3333 Bear Valley Parkway) will be open to the public on Sunday, March 12, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Docents will be on site to answer questions.
  •  No change from the following update reported last week: During a routine inspection of playground equipment in Grape Day Park, some damage was discovered to the climbing vines at Vinehenge.  Several City staff members reviewed the structure and it was determined that it was best to close the play structure to the public while repairs are being considered. The slide will remain open for use, but the climbing vines will be closed until further notice. 

 PUBLIC WORKS WEEKLY UPDATE

 In anticipation of potential rain next Sunday through Wednesday, crews been directed to make preparations related to storm drain maintenance, BMP maintenance and supply readiness to handle expected problems.

 CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS

Kit Carson Park D-75 Concrete Ditch Stabilization:
The City received the bids on Thursday 2.25.16 for the work, George Weir Inc. was the winning bidder. The Notice to Proceed was issued for 2.26.16. The work is scheduled to be completed by 4.13.16

 Kit Carson Hockey Rink Improvements:
A pre-construction meeting will take place this week. Roof vents have been ordered

Washington Park Pool re-plastering:
The project Notice to Proceed (NTP) for construction was issued for February 24th.  After draining the pool, the contractor started removing the existing plaster in the larger pool.  The contractor expects the plaster removal to be completed approximately mid-week, and re-plastering starting by the end of the week.  This project is funded by a Housing Related Park Grant.

 Private Development

Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road (County Project):
All utility connections have been completed.  The storm drain installation is nearing completion with the contractor working towards Boyle Ave. The contractor is placing and compacting Class II base on the north side of Bear Valley Parkway. Base paving should be completed in 2-3 weeks.

2412 South Escondido Boulevard:
On site construction of new homes is continuing this week. Work has started on the offsite street improvements. Curb and gutter along Escondido Blvd. has started.

 Pradera - Lennar Communities:
Offsite storm drain construction along Ash Street between Lehner and Sheridan is completed.  The new water main on Stanley is 60% complete.  Wood framing has started for the first phase. 

Rincon del Diablo 8” & 12” Water Main Construction:
Installation of the new Rincon water line from Jesmond Dene, north to Jack Rabbit Acres is ongoing.

Tract 932 - Canyon Grove:
The project grading plan was approved last week. The contractor has removed 80 percent of grove located within the project after receiving the Grading Permit on Thursday, February 11, 2016. The required storm water preventive measures (SWPPP) are in place for the control of potential runoff during construction of the project. The contractor is potholing the existing grade to confirm limits of removal for the grading portion of the project.

Future Capital Improvement:

East Valley Parkway/Valley Center Road Widening Project:
Staff was notified by SDG&E’s liaison that their final design to underground existing overhead utilities will be submitted in the next week.  AT&T crews will be on site this week to pull temporary overhead cabling on recently placed poles in the area of the bridge north of Lake Wohlford Rd.  If time permits, existing poles will be removed.

 Grape Day Playground Equipment:
Project bids were opened on January 28 and the City Council approval to authorize award to the project was received on February 10.  Staff is still working with the contractor to submit completed contract information in order to execute an agreement.  This project is funded by a Housing Related park Grant.

PUBLIC SAFETY

 Police:

 Incidents 

  • On 2/22/2016 Dispatch received a radio call of a hit and run collision, with injuries.  The suspect vehicle had collided into another vehicle in the 700 block of E. Mission Ave.  The collision resulted in a minor injury to an 8 year old boy, who was the passenger in the victim vehicle.  The suspect vehicle fled the scene.  Officer Villanueva spotted the suspect vehicle traveling east bound on El Norte Pkwy.  Officer Villanueva attempted to stop the vehicle, but the driver failed to yield.  The suspect vehicle rapidly accelerated away from Officer Villanueva, and made several dangerous maneuvers.  Officer Villanueva continuously evaluated the pursuit and gauged the desire to apprehend the suspect with the safety of the community.  Using sound judgment, Officer Villanueva terminated the pursuit.  The suspect vehicle was subsequently located, abandoned, in a parking lot of E. Mission Ave.  The case is still under investigation.
  • On 2/24/2016, the Human Trafficking Task Force (HTTF) conducted an operation regarding prostitution and pimping.  Escondido PD Detective Nelson was working this detail as part of his assignment with the HTTF.  The operation was a success.  The names of the people arrested or contacted during the operation have been referred for a higher level investigation.
  • On 02/27/2016 Officer Perkins was assisting with a call in the 1000 block of Rock Springs Road when his police vehicle was hit by a drunk driver.  The officer was out of his vehicle and was not injured. 

 Fire:

  • The Boot Drive in support of the Burn Institute will be held on March 3. Firefighters will be collecting donations at the following intersections:  Bear Valley Parkway and I-15; Ash and Valley Parkway; Broadway and Highway 78; and Felicita and Centre City Parkway.
  • Attached is a report forecasting that March, April and May, may still be significantly wetter than normal.
  • Recently Truck 1371 put the department’s mission statement of safeguarding the community and it residents into action. They responded to a multi-family residential structure fire, which was in a downstairs apartment of a 4-unit building. They were able to quickly extinguish the fire and minimize damage to a single bedroom. Soon after completing their firefighting operations, they switched into their community safety role.The three bedroom apartment, housing adults and children, did not have any smoke detectors. Had the fire taken place in the middle of the night, the outcome could have been very tragic. So 1371 sprang into action. They purchased and installed 2 smoke detectors in the home, to reduce the risk of harm and/or injury for the family in the unlikely  event of another fire. The occupants were very grateful for the quick action of putting out the fire and saving their home, and for their new smoke detectors.  An inspection of the other units at the complex will be undertaken to they are in compliance with smoke detectors.