The Escondido planning department is currently processing several developments that could come to fruition in this New Year.
Repurposing old police H.Q.
Escondido Gateway (Developer: Greg Waite, Integral Communities). This project is a mixed-use development involving 126 residential units within three, 4-5 story buildings with indoor and outdoor recreational areas and an opportunity for a small (1,000 sq. ft.) commercial/ flex space on 2.6 acres (48 dwelling units/acre) located at 700 W. Grand Ave. (former Police Station) across the street from the Escondido Transit Center. Plans were submitted for the project involving a Specific Plan Amendment, Tentative Map, Planned Development and Development Agreement. The City Council approved the project on October 12, 2016. Grading plans and a final map were submitted on November 17 and November 21, 2016, and are currently being reviewed by staff. The Development Agreement has recorded. Building plans were submitted into plan check the week of December 11, 2016.
Development to benefit Veterans
Veterans Village (Developer: Veterans Village of San Diego). A mixed-use development involving a 54-unit affordable multi-family residential apartment project for military veterans and their families. It includes on-site administration office, business center, club house and other support spaces for the residents; and a small commercial component to support training opportunities offered at the facility at 1556 S. Escondido Blvd. Building plans have been submitted for review and comment; the grading plans and landscaping plans have been approved. Demolition has been completed.
Townhomes along Centre City Parkway
Del Prado (Developer: Kerry Garza, Touchstone Communities) – A 113-unit townhome-style Planned Development located at the southwestern corner of Brotherton Road and the Centre City Parkway frontage road. The project includes a recreational facility, pool, and open space areas. Staff worked through various site design and utility issues with the applicant prior to scheduling the project for a public hearing. The City Council approved the project on May 11, 2016. No grading or improvement plans have been submitted by the developer at this time.
Garza told The Times-Advocate: “We expect construction to start in the 3rd quarter of this year (2017). Sales should start early next year in 2018. These should be the most affordable new homes in the area when they come to market. They are designed as entry level priced homes for all types of buyers from single people, young couples, families, and empty nesters.”
Controversial proposed annexation
Safari Highlands Ranch (SHR) (Developer: Jeb Hall, Concordia Homes) — A 550-unit single family development located east of the Rancho San Pasqual community and north of the San Diego Safari Park. The project involves 1,100 acres including annexation and a Sphere of Influence update for a master planned community with parks, trails, recreation center, fire station and open space.
Planning and Engineering extensions of staff have been funded by the applicant and retained to assist the City in processing the project. The City Council approved the consultant contract for preparing the EIR on March 23, 2016. The contract planner has been meeting with the consultant, Michael Baker International (MBI), and has started review of first draft sections of the EIR. While the EIR is generally on schedule, there have been some changes to the site plan, which will affect the EIR schedule. The changes include the elimination of the “water factory” for wastewater treatment, elimination of the public park, changes to the entry road which would now be private instead of public, and relocation of the fire station to the former public park site. These changes will require the applicant’s civil engineer to make a number of revisions to the tentative map, but are not anticipated to affect the proposed development envelope or the number of proposed lots. A revised tentative map depicting the site plan changes was submitted on October 17, 2016, and is being reviewed by staff and the contract planner