Project/Study Overview:

The proposed Harvest Hills project ("Project"), formerly known as Safari Highlands Ranch, is located on 1,098 acres of vacant land east of Rancho San Pasqual, northeast of the Rancho Vistamonte Community and just north of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park in unincorporated San Diego County.  The project site is within General Plan Specific Plan Area (SPA) #4. The proposed project consists of 550 single-family residences, a “Village Core,” open space and trail amenities, and other associated amenities. 

You can learn more about the Project on this webpage; and review the anticipated schedule here.

How is the City Reviewing the Application:

Escondido plans and regulates the use of land to protect the public health, safety and general welfare of our community.  Because the use of land is regulated, the City must review all projects against this policy and regulatory framework before any buildings can be constructed.  City staff is currently reviewing submittal items and processing other relevant application material in accordance with all relevant local, state, and federal laws.

An Initial Study was prepared for the project in accordance with Section 15063 of the CEQA Guidelines.  Based on the results of the Initial Study, an EIR has been be prepared to address potential direct, indirect, and long-term cumulative impacts.  The draft EIR has been released for public review and comment.

What is Needed from the Public:

On Monday, October 16, 2017 the City announced the release of a draft EIR for public review and comment. In order to provide sufficient time for public review, the review period has been set for 52 days, ending on December 7, 2017. A direct link to the document can be found here.  City staff encourages you to learn more about the project, review the project's anticipated environmental consequences, and to let us know what you think. 

To learn more about the planning process, the current status of the Project, or to offer input, please contact Mike Strong, Director of Community Development, at or 760-839-4671. 


Application Information and Material: