In the wake of their lawsuit against the City of Escondido aimed at stopping the development of 380 new residences at the old Escondido Country Club property, the Escondido Country Club Homeowners Organization (ECCHO) is taking stock of its future options.
Shortly after the Escondido City Council approved a plan to build 380 residences on the abandoned golf course property, ECCHO filed a lawsuit against the City of Escondido and developer, New Urban West Inc (NUWI), on December 14, 2017.
The suit argued that the city violated a section of the Escondido General Plan called Proposition S which is a law passed in 1998 by Escondido voters that requires a public vote for any Escondido projects that will increase existing residential density. ECCHO also claimed that the related Environmental Impact Report (EIR) filed by NUWI was legally deficient.
On November 27, Vista Court Judge Ronald F. Frazier’s final ruling denied all of ECCHO’s claims. ECCHO now has until January 25 to file an appeal.
In a newsletter sent to its members, the board of ECCHO wrote, “The main focus of such an appeal will be the enforcement of Proposition S. The history of the Escondido Country Club property shows it was always intended to be open space, so any residential construction would inherently be a major rezoning of the property. Under Proposition S only a public vote can change this long-standing and promised use of this unique piece of Escondido land.”
ECCHO’s board, attorneys and many property rights experts they have interviewed believe that the approval of ‘The Villages’ project by the Escondido City Council, was a violation of Proposition S and that the Vista court judge’s ruling was wrong on these two points of contention.
ECCHO is now accepting donations to help it continue its effort to oppose the NUWI development.
You can now donate to the ECCHO cause at the ECCHO GoFundMe
Below are all the other ways you can donate:
ECCHO Website, scroll down to the “Donate” button
or, contributions can be made by mailing a check to:
1026 El Norte Pwky
Escondido, CA 92026