SPECIAL EVENTS 

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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

Planning:

Major Projects Update:

  • John Paul the Great Catholic University No change from the following update reported last week: A Conditional Use Permit application has been received to expand the campus and student enrollment at 155 W. Grand Avenue. 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 recourse 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 and has tentatively scheduled the proposal for the December 8, 2015 Planning Commission meeting.
  • Escondido Research Technology Center No change from the following update reported last week: A 72,000 square foot medical office building is proposed on the east side of Citracado Parkway across from Palomar Medical Center. A plot plan application has been approved and the second plan check for grading plans has been submitted for review and comment.
  • Oak Creek (NUW)No change from the following update reported last week: A LAFCO hearing for the annexation of the property was held on October 5, 2015. Staff made a presentation at the meeting emphasizing the City’s support for the project and opposition to the potential expansion of the annexation boundary to include an additional segment of Hamilton Road. The LAFCO Board unanimously approved the annexation without including the Hamilton Road segment as requested by staff.
  • Amanda Estates (NUW)No change from the following update reported last week: LAFCO approved the reorganization (annexation) at their meeting on August 3, 2015.
  • Centerpointe 78 Commercial –The project was approved by the Planning Commission on November 10, 2015. The project is scheduled for the City Council meeting on December 9, 2015.
  • Pradera - Grading is underway for this single family subdivision involving 70 units. Staff is reviewing improvement plan and the final map submittals as well as the precise grading plans. Three, two-story model homes are currently under construction and have undergone 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.
  • ZennerNo change from the following update reported last week: A Tentative Subdivision Map was previously approved for this single family project involving 40 units. The annexation was approved by LAFCO on Sept. 14, 2015.
  • Stella Park Condominiums –This Planned Development involving 65 townhome units is located at 2516 S. Escondido Blvd. The applicant is contracting with consultants for preparation of numerous technical studies (including a Water Quality Technical Report) and the CEQA document which is anticipated to be a mitigated negative declaration. Staff is providing information regarding existing conditions to include in the environmental review analysis. Updated plans for the project were submitted this week.
  • Wohlford –Staff is reviewing revised submittals and technical reports from the applicant regarding this single family subdivision involving 55 units in response to the letter identifying necessary submittals to continue processing. A Specific Alignment Plan for Bear Valley Parkway detailing the roadway is under review. The Request for Qualifications for consultant preparation of an EIR has been released. Tribal consultation meetings have been completed.
  • Latitude IINo change from the following update reported last week: The project was approved by the City Council on August 19, 2015. Architectural plans are proposed for submittal by mid-November.
  • Shea Homes (Tract 932)No change from the following update reported last week: Staff approved the substantial conformance determination for the revised tentative map for the 179-lot residential subdivision known as Canyon View Estates. Staff continues to coordinate with the applicant on the proposed grading plan. The Precise Plan application was submitted on Aug. 6, 2015; additional information is needed to complete the application. The applicant is pursuing purchase of mitigation credits at Daley Ranch, and pursuing acquisitions needed for offsite improvements.
  • Safari HighlandsNo change from the following update reported last week: Engineering has finalized a contract with a consultant to perform as an extension of staff for engineering services. The applicant has selected a consultant to prepare a draft Municipal Services Review and Sphere of Influence (SOI) update. Staff met with representatives from the City of San Diego to discuss their concerns regarding the proposed improvements to Zoo Road for emergency access. A public agency scoping meeting was held September 24th to discuss the scope of the EIR; attendees included school district representatives and members of the public. A community meeting was held on October 5, 2015, and attended by approximately 80 persons. More information about this project is on line at: http://www.escondido.org/safari-highlands-ranch-specific-plan.aspx
  • Felicita Development, LLC - The proposed planned development includes the phased development of a 140-unit hotel, an 80-unit extended stay hotel, a 120-bed assisted living facility and a gas station and car wash located at the southeast corner of Felicita Rd. and Gamble Lane. 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. A letter addressing items and technical studies needed to complete the application has been sent. Staff is coordinating with the applicant regarding a date for a neighborhood meeting when a revised design and market study is submitted.
  • Escondido Disposal Inc.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 second post-approval plan check and staff comments have been sent regarding the grading and landscape plans. The County has notified the City that the applicant has made their application to the State permitting agency. Staff has endorsed the applicant’s phasing plan concept that allows building expansions while the facility remain operational and is waiting for written details memorializing the phasing plan details.
  • Westfield TheaterNo change from the following update reported last week: The Economic Development Subcommittee authorized expedited processing of the modification to the planned development for the proposed 10-auditorium movie theater. The project was approved by the City Council on November 4, 2015.
  • Paseo EscondidoNo change from the following update reported last week: The Phair Company application for a mixed-use planned development for the property at the southwest corner of Ash Street and Washington Ave. (currently owned by the City) is under review. The proposed project consists of 26 one-bedroom and 96 two-bedroom apartments (122 units total) in three four-story buildings, and two 5,000 SF commercial buildings (10,000 SF total) oriented around an outdoor plaza. Additional submittals required to complete the application.
  • High Pointe (Palos Vista Neighborhood 3) – No change from the following update reported last week: This project involves 39 custom 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.
  • Valiano (County Project) – City representatives and the developer are negotiating opportunities for mutually beneficial infrastructure and utility and circulation improvements in an agreement that will be considered by the City Council on December 2nd.
  • Springhill Suites – Building plans were submitted for this planned development at 300 La Terraza Drive involving 4 stories, 105 suites, a small conference room and an enlarged lobby for serving continental breakfast. Grading and landscaping plans were submitted involving the hotel site and the parking lot of the adjacent property for review on September 9, 2015 and department comments are being finalized.
  • Del Prado (former Woody’s site) –The project involves a Planned Development containing 113 attached residential townhomes, recreational facility, pool, and open space areas located at the southwestern corner of Brotherton Road and the Centre City Parkway frontage road. Staff has met with the applicant met to address sewer and emergency access and engineering issues. A revised set of plans was submitted responding to staff comments.
  • BMW Dealership – 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. Building plans have been submitted and are in plan check process.
  • Solutions for ChangeNo change from the following update reported last week: A Planned Development application for 33 affordable multi-family units was approved by the Planning Commission on October 13, 2015 and for City Council hearing on November 18, 2015.
  • Escondido Auto Park AssociationNo change from the following update reported last week: The association is proposing to upgrade the existing electronic message sign along I15. 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. A draft agreement has been sent to the Auto Park Association for its consideration.
  • 701 San Pasqual Valley Rd – An application has been submitted for a 19-lot single family clustered residential subdivision and planned development on a 7.2 acres site also addressed as 1201 E. 5th (formerly Tract 898). The application is under review and a letter detailing additional comments and submittal requirements was forwarded to the applicant. Staff is meeting with the applicant this week to discuss project issues. 

Building Division: 

  • The Building Department issued 75 permits for this holiday week with a total valuation of $275,554.
  • 35 photovoltaic permits were issued for the week. Building has issued 1,199 solar permits so far this year compared to 679 issued at the same time last year.
  • Building inspectors and counter staff had a very busy week with inspections averaging 38 inspections per day with 44 inspections on Friday and counter contacts averaging 38 per day with 38 on Friday. 56 people signed at the counter on Thursday.
  • Due to the increase in inspection requests, 6 inspections were held over on Thursday and 17 on Friday and our Deputy Building Official (plans examiner) was sent out to conduct inspections on Monday and Thursday. Plans waiting to be reviewed were on hold, waiting for his return.
  • A new guideline was created for graywater systems and is available at the building counter or on our website at escondido.org/city departments/community development/building/information guidelines/guideline # 27.
  • In addition to the expedited solar permitting now available, residential roof top solar projects that qualify to be expedited, can be accepted electronically through e-mail. More information is provided on the city’s website.
  • The 76-unit condominium complex at 2412 S Escondido Blvd has received exterior framing inspection on all 4 buildings.
  • The Meadowbrook Village 3-story apartment building has received underground utility and foundation inspection approval for the underground parking area.
  • The Pradera single family tract has received roof sheathing inspections on all 3 of the models.
  • The new Taco Bell restaurant and office building has received rough framing inspections.

Code Enforcement: 

  • As of November 9th the total number of open code enforcement case is 352 cases. During the prior week 46 new cases were opened, and 36 cases were closed with a backlog of an additional 75 cases not yet opened for assignment and investigation. A total of 61 illegal signs were confiscated in the field. One Public Records Request (PRR) was processed, for a total of 94 PRRs processed to date this year.
  • Recruitment for a Code Enforcement Officer opened on November 2nd, and a preliminary selection for a Code Enforcement Assistant to support staff with the backlog was made this week.
  • Last week the Business License Division issued 27 new licenses and received 20 new applications in addition to 54 renewals. 

CAPITAL IMPROVEMENTS          

FY 2014-2015 Maintenance Project:
The Notice of Completion is scheduled for the November 18 council agenda. 

Private Development 

Bear Valley Parkway between Boyle Avenue and San Pasqual Valley Road (County Project):
Construction of the new storm drain system has started along Bear Valley Parkway between Idaho Avenue and Birch Avenue along the old roadway alignment. Removal of all trees and landscaping associated with the roadway widening was completed this week. 

2412 South Escondido Boulevard:
No change from the following update reported last week: On site construction of new homes is continuing this week. 

Pradera - Lennar Communities:
No change from the following update reported last week for inspections: New sidewalk is being poured along Lehner Avenue between Ash Street and Wagon Wheel Place. Foundations for the new street will be poured later this week. The lights being installed will be using the newest L.E.D. standards to ensure reduced costs for operation.
Plan reviews as follows:

  • The 1st submittal of the CC&Rs is expected to be completed this week.
  • The 2nd submittal of the Precise Grading plans for Street “D” was returned to the engineer on November 17th. 

Private Development –Current Plan Review

Trafalgar Square Redevelopment – Aldi Supermarket
This project is a redevelopment of an existing commercial center on E. Valley Parkway with 2 rear buildings being removed to make way for a new Aldi Supermarket. 

  • The 2nd submittal of the Grading and Improvement plans, and the WQTR was made on November 3rd and is expected to be reviewed and returned next week.
  • A CLOMR-F has been filed with FEMA and is awaiting approval. The property lies in a flood zone and the finish floor of the new Aldi Supermarket must be verified to be above base flood elevation. 

Escondido Disposal Inc. Expansion Master Plan:
No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 4+ phase project to expand EDIs current operations into the former Golfcraft property to the north fronting on Mission Ave.    The overall expansion will allow EDI to meet State recycling requirements and produce biogas for their own electricity or CNG use, but will not increase the daily or annual trash throughput capacity allowances.

  • The 2nd submittal of the Grading and Improvements plans and various studies came in on October 16th and the review of these plans is expected to be completed by the end of this week. 

Tract 951 – Jacks Creek Place:
No change from the following update reported last week: This project is a 12-lot residential subdivision located near Eureka Ranch.

  • The 2nd submittal review of the Final Map, Grading, Landscaping and Improvement plans, and the WQTR was returned to the engineer on November 5th. 

Tract 932 – Canyon Grove (Hidden Valley Ranch):
This project is a 179 lot residential subdivision located at the ends of Vista Ave. and Vista Verde Dr. and will connect them when developed.   Shea Homes has acquired this project and continues to process the final engineering.

  • The 2nd submittal review of the Rough Grading and Onsite Improvement plans were returned to the engineer on November 13th.
  • The 3rd submittal of the offsite Ash and Vista improvement plans was made on November 10th and will be reviewed in the next week or so.                       

PUBLIC SAFETY           

Police:

Incidents 

  • On 11/14/2015 officers responded to a structure fire in the 2100 block of E. Valley Pkwy. The initial report of the fire came from a contractor who was doing repair work on the roof. Upon arrival, officers found a two-story condo complex with fire coming from the roof of the building.  Officers assisted with evacuations and established traffic control around the response area. The fire was controlled within 45 minutes with major damage to the primary unit and minor fire and smoke damage to the second unit. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
  • On 11/13/2015, a DUI checkpoint was conducted in the 700 block of W. Grand Ave. During the event, 2,514 vehicles drove through the checkpoint, 947 vehicles were screened in primary, 81 vehicles were sent to secondary (drivers who could not provide a driver’s license or who were suspected of DUI) and 42 citations were issued (10 for suspended license, 30 for unlicensed driver, and 8 for no insurance.) Drivers whose only offense was being unlicensed to drive were given the opportunity to locate the registered owner of the vehicle to either take or assign possession of the vehicle to a licensed driver - 28 vehicles were released to the owner or a designated driver and 10 vehicles were impounded. 

EVENTS 

  • On 11/11/2015, Retired Marine Sgt. and EPD PAL volunteer basketball coach Toran Gaal was honored in a ceremony at Grape Day Park. His name was added to the Military Tribute Wall of Courage in Grape Day Park. He also received a Distinguished Citizen award from California Assemblywoman Marie Waldron.

 

  • Come and see the Escondido Police Department’s 1968 Ford Galaxy. This classic will be located at Westfield North County until December 9th. The public is invited to help fill it with toys? The toys will support the Escondido Police Department Family Protection Unit's Annual Christmas party for child victims. A special thanks to Westfield North County for partnering with our "Fill A Cop Car Holiday Toy Drive"!

  

  • On 11/10/2015, the Escondido Police Department partnered with Reidy Creek School to participate in the annual Teddy Bear drive to benefit Rady Children’s Hospital. San Diego Area Chick-fil-A restaurants hosted the event and gave away free chicken sandwiches to all who brought in a new Teddy-Bear. The event was a huge success with over 300 Teddy Bears donated.