SPECIAL EVENTS 

  • Grand Avenue Festival
    May 15, 2016
    9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • 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) (Developer: James McCann) 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.  A grading permit has been issued by the Engineering Division.  Building plans have been submitted for plan check.  The Planning Division has approved a second set of corrected grading plans.  The applicant has recently requested to install a temporary paved parking lot in this area to serve the hospital.  It is anticipated that a grading plan with defined storm water treatment area(s) will be submitted soon for Planning and Engineering review. 
  • Escondido Research and Technology Center – West (ERTC) (Developer: James McCann) 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.  A grading permit has been issued by the Engineering Division.  The Planning Division has approved the building plans submitted for plan check.  A tentative parcel map (TPM) for office condominiums is in process to allow the sale of individual office suites to medical providers.  Conditions of approval for the TPM are being finalized and approval is expected soon. 
  • Centerpointe 78 Commercial (Developer: Lars Andersen, Pacific Development)No 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 on December 9, 2015.  Staff is waiting for submittal of a revised storm water plan that incorporates recent changes in regulations and is working with the property owner regarding obtaining permits to demolish the existing structure. 
  • Westfield Theater (Developer: Kim Brewer, Westfield)No 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, LLC (Developer: Katherine Park, Creative Design Associates)No 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 Suites (Developer: Raj Patel, San Bernardino Hospitality LLC)No change from the following update reported last week:  This project is a 105-suite hotel totaling 73,300 sq. ft. located at 200 La Terraza Drive involving 4 stories, a small conference room and an enlarged lobby for serving continental breakfast.  A revised set of grading plans have been approved and grading has begun for the parking lot on the adjacent office property which shares a driveway access.  Landscaping plans were submitted for review, and department comments are being finalized.  Building plans have gone through three reviews with Esgil.
  • BMW Dealership (Developer: Lyle Hutson)No 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 (Developer: Tim Brecht, 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.  An application for a new regional market sign and an amendment to the Sign Ordinance to increase the allowable display area for a regional market sign was submitted to the Planning Division on May 6, 2016.  The proposed sign would be located in the same location as the existing sign at a slightly lower height (73.5 feet) with approximately the same overall dimensions.  The proposal is currently being reviewed by staff and ultimately will be scheduled for public hearings with both the Planning Commission and City Council. 
  • Ford-Hyundai Dealership Expansion (Developer: Neil E. Sander, Dynamic Engineering) – 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 building permit for the Ford dealership has been issued. 
  • Trafalgar Square – Aldi Market (Developer: Charlie Mallon)No change from the following update reported last week: This renovation of the Trafalgar Square shopping center includes demolition of the northern shop building and the northern portion of the western building to prepare a site for the construction of an 18,088 square foot, freestanding building for Aldi Market. The plot plan was approved by the Planning Division in June of 2015.  Grading and landscape plans have also been approved and grading has commenced on the site.  Issuance of the building permit has been withheld pending FEMA approval of a conditional letter of map revision (CLOMR) for the grading design that elevates the building above the flood limits for the adjacent Escondido Creek.  FEMA approval was received on May 4, 2016, and all city departments have now authorized issuance of the building permit. 

Industrial 

  • Escondido Disposal Inc. (Developer: Steve South, EDI)No change from the following update reported last week: 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. 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. Building plans were received for Phases I and III. 
  • StorQuest (Developer: The William Warren Group, Inc.) No change from the following update reported last week: 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.  Correspondence has been mailed to the applicant regarding initial comments and the need for additional information to complete the application. The applicant has been working with staff to modify the vehicle circulation pattern and parking at the front of the building and has indicated that revised plans could be resubmitted as early as this week. 
  • Victory Industrial Development (Developer: Scott Merry, Badiee Development) – This project involves two industrial buildings totaling 91,000 sq. ft. (one building 55,500 sq. ft., second building 35,500 sq. ft.) located at 2005 Harmony Grove Road and a zone change from residential to Planned Industrial consistent with the updated General Plan. Revised maps and technical studies have been submitted for review.  Design review has been completed and the project is progressing through the environmental review phase with the anticipation that any remaining issues have been resolved through the recent submittal of a revised traffic study to Engineering.  
  • Micro-Filtration Reverse Osmosis (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) – The proposed project involves a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for the development of a new city facility at 2512 E. Washington Avenue to provide advanced treatment for Title 22 quality recycled water produced at the City of Escondido’s Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility (HARRF) for agricultural uses. The facility would be sized for a total production capacity of 2.0 million gallons per day (mgd) and consists of two separate buildings (one building 14,440 sq. ft., second building 21,775 sq. ft.) that would contain a variety of equipment, pumps, electrical, control and storage rooms.  Underground storage tanks (90,000 gallon feed tank, 163,000 gallon inter-process tank, and a 970,000 gallon product storage tank) are also included. Public environmental review commenced concluded on April 6, 2016.  The Planning Commission recommended denial of the proposed Conditional Use Permit on April 26, 2016.  The Utilities Department has filed an appeal of that decision with the City Clerk.  The City Council will consider the appeal on May 25, 2016. 
  • Wastewater Collections Yard Expansion (Developer: City of Escondido Utilities Department) – The project involves development of 1.8 acres of a larger, approximately 15.4-acre site for the construction of a new wastewater collections yard and maintenance facility for the City’s Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility (HARRF) at 1521 S. Hale Avenue. The proposed facilities will consist of three separate pre-fabricated metal buildings 3,735 sq. ft. - 5,670 sq. ft. for collections; work bays and workshops for regular maintenance of vehicles and equipment.  The project would require the processing of a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) and rezone.  Public environmental review commenced on March 22, 2016 and  concluded on April 20, 2016.  The Planning Commission held a public hearing and recommended approval on May 10, 2016.  A City Council hearing has tentatively been scheduled for June 15, 2016.

Institutional

  • John Paul the Great Catholic University (Developer: Kevin Meziere, John Paul the Great Catholic University)No 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 recently met with the University President regarding potential future expansion plans beyond those previously approved. 
  • Calvin Christian Middle/High School (Developer: Brent Cooper) No 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. The grading plans have been approved and a building permit was issued on April 11, 2016. 
  • Escondido United Reformed Church (Developer: Brent Cooper)No 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 (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West) – This project is a 65-unit single family development located at the southeastern corner of Felicita Road and Hamilton Lane approved by the City Council in 2015. The LAFCO Board unanimously approved the annexation on October 5, 2015, and the annexation has been recorded. No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time. 
  • Amanda Estates (Developer: Jason Han, New Urban West) – This project is a 22-unit single family development on Amanda Lane approved by the City Council in 2015. The LAFCO Board approved the reorganization (annexation) at their meeting on August 3, 2015, and the annexation has been recorded. No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time. 
  • Pradera (Developer: Moses Kim, Lennar Homes)No 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.  Three, two-story model homes have been completed and the model complex opened to the public on January 30, 2016.  An additional two-story model (Plan 5) has been added to the unit mix and is under construction.  A 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 and second phases involving 16 units and those phases are under construction. Plans for a third and fourth phase have been submitted for review, bringing the total number of units built or under construction to 36. 
  • Lexington (Zenner) (Developer: KB Homes) - The project is a 40-unit, single-family development at the northeastern corner of Lehner Avenue and Vista Avenue. The applicant has submitted the final map, improvement plans and grading plans for staff review and approval.  Staff has approved the home designs and plans for constructing an off-site model complex on three separate parcels near the project are nearing completion for staff approval.  A permit has been issued for the model home sales trailer.  Proposed street names have been released by the Planning Division for review and concurrence by other agencies.  A demo permit for the vacant homes on the site is expected to be issued this week. 
  • Stella Park Condominiums (Developer: Edward Kaen, ETP, LLC) No change from the following update reported last week:. This project is a 65-unit townhome Planned Development located at 2516 S. Escondido Blvd. The Planning Commission recommended denial of the proposal on March 22, 2016. The City Council considered the recommendation of the Planning Commission and approved the project on April 27, 2016, based primarily on conformance with the General Plan. 
  • Wohlford (Developer: Jack Henthorne)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 55-unit single family development located on Bear Valley Parkway east of Encino Drive.  Staff has reviewed submittals and technical reports from the applicant.  A Specific Alignment Plan for Bear Valley Parkway detailing the proposed roadway design is under review.  The Cultural Resources study has been completed and is being reviewed by staff and the EIR consultant.  The consultant has reviewed the applicant’s other technical reports and has provided comments for revisions and has commenced by-weekly status meetings as the document preparation gets underway.  Preparation of the project EIR is on schedule. 
  • Latitude II (Developer: Peter Zak, Lyon/NCA)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 112-unit multi-family development, located at the northeastern corner of Centre City Parkway and Washington Avenue, and approved by the City Council on August 19, 2015. A Final Subdivision Map has been submitted for review. The applicant will be submitting a boundary adjustment for a property exchange with the adjacent motel owner.  Grading plans are nearing approval.  Comments have been provided regarding the architectural plans that have been submitted for plan check.  The CC&Rs and landscaping plans have been submitted for review. 
  • Canyon Grove Estates Tract 932 (Developer: John Vance, Shea Homes) – 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 Precise Plan application for final architectural design and landscaping.  The applicant has concluded the purchase of mitigation credits at Daley Ranch, and is pursuing acquisitions needed for offsite improvements.  A grading permit has been issued and grading has commenced.  Plans for the construction of eight model homes are expected to be submitted soon.  The applicant is coordinating the plan review for off-site street improvements on Ash Street with the County’s Department of Public Works. 
  • Safari Highlands (Developer: Jeb Hall, Concordia Homes) No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 550-unit single family development located east of the Rancho San Pasqual community and north of the San Diego Safari Park. The 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, San Diego Zoo Safari Park representatives, public agencies and surrounding residents. The City Council approved the consultant contract for preparing the EIR on March 23, 2016.  The consultant, Michael Baker International, has now been authorized to start work on the EIR.  More information about this project is on line at: http://www.escondido.org/safari-highlands-ranch-specific-plan.aspx 
  • High Pointe Tract 693-J (Developer: Russell Schaeffer, True Life Communities) – 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 (Developer: Phair Co.)No change from the following update reported last week: 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 has completed coring and sampling as part of soils analysis.  The applicant has been advised to meet with and SDGE planner regarding the overhead utility lines. 
  • Del Prado (Developer: Kerry Garza, Touchstone Communities) –This project is a 113-unit townhome-style 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 worked through various site design and utility issues with the applicant prior to scheduling the project for a public hearing. The Planning Commission recommended denial of the project on April 12, 2016. The City Council approved the project on May 11, 2016. 
  • Solutions for Change (Developer: Solutions for Change) – This 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 on November 18, 2015. Building plans have been submitted for review and approved by Esgil (contracted plan check firm). 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.   The funding for the property acquisition has been completed.  Demolition of the existing structures on the site is underway.  The building permit is ready to be issued once the fee deferral agreement is signed and additional bonding is in place. 
  • 701 San Pasqual Valley Rd (Developer: Bob Stewart)No change from the following update reported last week: This project is 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 (Developer: Veterans Village of San Diego) No 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 and landscaping plans have been approved. 
  • Escondido Gateway (Developer: Greg Waite, Integral Communities) No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a mixed-use development involving 126 residential units within three, 4-5 story buildings with indoor and outdoor recreational areas and an opportunity for a small (1,000 sq. ft.) commercial/flex space on 2.6 acres (48 dwelling units/acre) located at 700 W. Grand Avenue (former Police Station) across the street from the Escondido Transit Center. Plans were submitted for the project involving a Specific Plan Amendment, Tentative Map, Planned Development and Development Agreement.  Revised plans from the applicant intended to address earlier staff comments were submitted to the Planning Division on May 2 and distributed to the other departments for review. 
  • City Plaza (Developer: Charlie Zhang, Zion Enterprises) – This long dormant, partially constructed mixed-use development at the southeastern corner of South Escondido Boulevard and Third Avenue now has new ownership. The new owners have met with city staff and indicated they quickly plan to start constructing the 65-unit apartment project as originally approved. The project consists of a three-story building with 51,200 SF of residential area and 4,100 SF of commercial area and two levels of parking.  The building permits will need to be reissued and the applicant is coordinating that process with the Building Official.  Structural engineering information was submitted to the Building Division on May 8.

Building Division: 

  • The Building Department issued 66 permits with a total valuation of $1,594,740. 
  • 26 photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. The Building Division has issued 490 solar permits this year compared to 337 issued for the same time last year. 
  • The Building Department staff had another busy week. Inspectors averaged 34 inspections per day with 35 inspections on Friday. Our building counter staff was also busy, averaging 37 counter sign in’s per day and 36 on Friday. 44 customers came to the building counter on Tuesday. 
  • Permits were issued for Ford of Escondido remodel and addition at 1717 Auto Parkway. 
  • The Taco Bell at 627 N Escondido Blvd is requesting a final inspection for their new buildings. 
  • The 76 unit apartment complex at 2416 S Escondido is requesting final inspection and occupancy for Building # 1 and 2 this week. Building # 3 and #4 have received final approvals.  
  • The Solutions for Change affordable housing project at 1560 S Escondido Blvd is ready for permit issuance with engineering approval. 
  • The Meadowbrook 3 story apartment building at 2081 Garden Valley Glen is progressing with the podium level framing. 
  • A notice was posted at the building counter requesting that contractors present any residential solar revisions to the building inspector at the time of inspection in lieu of submitting revisions at the building counter. This change of policy was implemented due to the increase and frequency of solar revisions. 
  • 11.A copy of the monthly building report for April is attached. 

Code Enforcement: 

  • As of May 11, 2016, the total number of open code enforcement cases is 468 cases. During the prior week, 85 new cases were opened, and 88 cases were closed, with a backlog of an additional 36 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation. 
  • There were 49 illegal signs confiscated during the weekend. 
  • Last week the Business License Division issued 68 new licenses and received 38 new applications, in addition to 169 renewals. 
  • There were four requests for public records received last week, increasing the year-to-date total to 38 public records requests. 

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS           

  • Kit Carson Hockey Rink Improvements: 
    The roof vent installation project is complete.   
  • Grape Day Park Playground:
    The project is in construction.  The irrigation mainline has been rerouted and awaits County approval before reconnecting to the existing irrigation system.  The Contractor has initiated demolition work to prepare for construction, and is laying out new improvements for upcoming work.  Staff and the project contractor have coordinated efforts with those preparing to repair the Vinehenge play structure.  

Private Development 

  • Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road (County Project):
    The Contractor is completing the last of the sidewalk and driveway improvements along the easterly edge of the Bear Valley Parkway project this week. The remaining base course of asphalt for the entire project is slated to be placed in Monday and Tuesday of next week. 
  •  2412 South Escondido Boulevard:
    No changes from the following update reported last week: This project is nearing completion with the first of three building released for occupancy. 
  • Pradera - Lennar Communities:
    Water line tie in is scheduled for later this week on Street “C” 
  • Lexington Model Homes - KB Homes:
    The contractor is installing water laterals for the new model home sites this week. A meeting was held with the developer for the demolition of the existing structure that located on the future home site. 
  • Rincon del Diablo 8” & 12” Water Main Construction:
    No changes from the following update reported last week: The contractor has completed all surface restoration along the project route, the testing of the new water main is continuing this week. 
  • Tract 932 - Canyon Grove Shea Homes Community:
    No changes from the update reported last week: The mass grading of the site continues this week, with the work force concentrating on the extension of Vista Avenue. 
  • San Diego Gas & Electric gas main replacement Ash Street:
    Construction of gas laterals is continuing along the west side of Ash Street this week. 

Future Capital Improvements: 

  • FY 15/16 Street Rehabilitation and Maintenance Project:
    Bids for this project opened May 5th.  Staff is currently reviewing the low bid for contract compliance, and if found acceptable, will seek City Council’s authorization to award a construction contract at the May 25th meeting. Construction is anticipated to start mid to late June.  
  • East Valley Parkway/Valley Center Road:
    The City has requested Authorization to Construct approval from Caltrans.  Staff is ready to address any comments received, and will work with the project consultant to make required changes to project documents. 

PUBLIC SAFETY 

Police:

Incidents 

  • On 5/1/2016, Officer Smyth located a stolen vehicle in the area of Washington Ave. and Ash St.  An occupant of the vehicle was taken into custody without incident and booked into the Vista Detention Facility for possession of a stolen vehicle and probation violation. The vehicle was released to the owner.
  • On 5/3/2016, Officer Gimenez located a stolen vehicle in the area of Valley Parkway and Citrus Ave.  The driver was taken into custody without incident.  The driver was booked into the Vista Detention Facility for possession of a stolen vehicle. 
  • On 5/4/2016, the Special Investigations Unit conducted an enforcement detail focusing on prostitution in the downtown area of Escondido.  One subject was taken into custody for prostitution.     
  • On 5/5/2016, Officer White conducted a traffic stop for a vehicle code violation.  The vehicle failed to stop which resulted in a short vehicle pursuit.  The vehicle eventually yielded and the suspect was taken into custody without further incident.  The suspect was booked into the Vista Detention Facility for possession of stolen property, identity theft, and evading police.    

Events

  • On 5/4/2016, Captain Loarie spoke at the North County Prayer Breakfast held at the California Center for the Arts, Escondido.

  • On 5/7/2016, The Police Athletic League Basketball Champions enjoyed a trip to the police station. The children, ages 7 and 8, were treated to a K-9 demo by Officers Lunt and Fidel and a tour of the police station.  The team won the championship game by beating an undefeated team in overtime, 19 to 17.