ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT 

The Visit Escondido (www.visitescondido.com) Website continues to do well. Last month we had over 9,000 visits to the site and the average number of pages viewed during each session was 5 pages.  The vast majority of visitors to the site are from the United States, followed by Canada, Mexico, the United Kingdom and Brazil. 

SPECIAL EVENTS
No special events this week.

COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Planning: 

  • Major Projects Update:
    • Oak Creek (NUW) – The consultant continues to prepare draft responses to comments on the Draft EIR; due to the number of comments received, the anticipated submittal date has been extended several weeks, with public hearings anticipated at the beginning of next year. Fire Code issues appear to be resolved through redesign of the driveways, unit mix and brush clearing areas.
    • Amanda Lane (NUW) – The consultant is revising the Draft Mitigated Negative Declaration in response to staff comments.
    • Centerpointe 78 Commercial – The applicant has requested that the preparation of the Draft EIR be put on hold pending resolution of traffic mitigation requirements for direct impacts attributable to the project. At issue is the need for additional right-of-way and improvements along the Broadway frontage, and associated need to relocate underground utility vaults and a 69 KV pole on Broadway, as well as the existing traffic signals in the CalTrans ROW. The applicant is coordinating with Caltrans and staff regarding the design of necessary improvements.
    • North Broadway Deficiency Area Projects – The Pickering annexation application has been submitted to LAFCO. The application for the Zenner annexation and 40-unit subdivision remains incomplete. Outstanding issues affecting completion of the CEQA analysis include resolution of mitigation measures and associated design of offsite traffic improvements (specifically regarding the IOD and improvements for the Vista/Ash intersection), storm water and drainage improvements, offsite sewer improvements, waterline sizing , and development agreement terms.
    • Zak Planned Development – The applicant’s engineer is refining the design of the storm water and drainage improvement and continues to coordinate with staff regarding compliance with other conditions in anticipation of City Council consideration of the Final Map in January. 

Code Enforcement: 

The final tally of illegal campaign signs removed from City properties and right-of-ways is 3,412 signs, representing 215 Code Enforcement man hours. 

Building Division:

  • Building had another busy week issuing 48 permits for the week with a total valuation of $877,364. Most of the permits issued were photovoltaic, tenant improvements, room addition and miscellaneous type permits.
  • Inspections and counter contacts have increased with average daily inspections of 32 with 35 on Friday and average daily counter contacts of 31 with 29 on Friday.
  • Photovoltaic permits are again dominating the permit activity for the week with 19 permits issued and 17 more in for plan review. Building has issued 658 photovoltaic permits this year compared to 375 issued at the same time last year.
  • Construction activity continues at the Chick-Fil-A at 1290 Auto Parkway.
  • Construction activity and inspections are continuing at the Monticello assisted living facilities at 930 Monticello Dr.
  • The Habitat for Humanity project at 537 N. Elm St. is progressing through construction and inspections for duplex buildings 1, 2 and 3. 

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS 

2013/2014 Street Maintenance Project:
The contractor is continuing to complete punch list items relating to the project. The additional striping work requested has been postponed until November 12th.   

Maple Street Pedestrian Plaza Modifications:
The work on the compass rose has been completed. The contractor completed the installation of the new concrete splash pad surrounding the existing fountain on Friday, November 7th. All remaining items should be complete on Friday, November 14th

Jesmond Dene Ball Field Lights:
The contract has been awarded and the preconstruction meeting will be scheduled for the week of November 17th

Private Development 

Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Road, County Project:
The contractor is installing the 24” water line along Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and Birch Avenue.  The retaining wall footing at Bear Valley Parkway and Boyle Avenue intersection is being constructed. The construction of the roadway subgrade and storm drain system is proceeding along the entire length of the project. 

Habitat for Humanity:
On site work is completed, the water main and sewer main will be connected to the City system with the Elm Street improvements. 

Church of the Resurrection:
Work should be completed this week for the remaining street repair and sidewalk improvements along Sheridan Avenue. 

PUBLIC SAFETY 

Police: 

The North San Diego County Real Estate Group presented Lt. Al Owens with a $17K check for the Police Athletic League (PAL). The money was raised at a variety show on October 23rd. PAL has partnered with the Escondido Recreation Department to provide sports programs and safety classes to children of all ages. This donation will be used to keep these valuable programs running.