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City Council to hear appeal of water processing plant decision

The Escondido City Council January 11 will hear an appeal of the December 13 decision by the Planning Commission to approve of a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) to the city’s Utilities Department for a Micro-Filtration Reverse Osmosis on the southeastern corner of Washington Avenue and Ash Street.

The proposed project involves a Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for the development of a new City facility to provide advanced treatment for recycled water produced at the City of Escondido’s Hale Avenue Resource Recovery Facility (HARRF) for agricultural uses with the capacity for future treatment for indirect potable reuse.

The facility would have the capacity to treat 2.0 million gallons per day (mgd). A previous proposal for the same facility at 2512 East Washington Ave. was shelved after the city council directed staff to pursue another site after considerable negative input from residents of that neighborhood.

On July 20, 2016, the City Council approved a first-phase design contract with Black and Veatch for the design effort need to bring the new site design to the Planning Commission for CUP consideration. Site and building design concepts have been developed and two neighborhood meetings were held on October 12, 2016 and November 3, 2016. A 30-day public review period for the proposed Mitigated Negative Declaration ended on November 27, 2016. The Planning Commission approved the proposed CUP on December 13, 2016.

The City Council meeting is scheduled for January 11, 4:30 p.m. at the Mitchell Room of City Hall. The normal City Council chambers are undergoing renovation during January.

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