Since the 1960’s, the manicured grass, majestic trees and welcoming facilities of the Escondido Country Club have provided beauty and value to create one of the most treasured neighborhoods in Escondido.

In August 2013, the Escondido City Council unanimously declared the 110 acres of land as a dedicated open space.  In November 2014, the land owner, a Beverly Hills developer who wanted to build a massive housing development on the property, was shot down by Escondido voters in a 61% land-slide, declaring that Escondido does not want a 430 unit housing development.

Now entering Phase 3 of our journey, determining how the land will be used.  For more information, please email:

Thank you for taking the time to help build a better Escondido.


Poll Results

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Here are the results of the poll:

The total number submitted was 260.

37% - no development

53% - preserve existing green belt & recreational opportunities with low-density housing

4% - 392 proposed unit development

6% - spoiled votes

Spoiled votes: 

A spoiled vote had multiple check marks, no name, no address or an address outside the CC area.

A brief summary of the ECCHO meeting, 20-Sept-2016

Wednesday, September 21, 2016


  • New Urban West does not own the Country Club Property
  • Michael Schlesinger continues to be in full control of the land and the project
  • NUWI is bound to meet the demands of Schlesinger
  • NUWI will not take title until a project, satisfactory to Schlesinger, is approved


  • Compare the NUWI proposal to Schlesinger’s plan in Proposition H
  • The TWO are strikingly similar
  • Schlesinger’s plan in Proposition H was soundly rejected

Reminder - Community Meeting, Tuesday, 20-September

Saturday, September 17, 2016

On November 4, 2014, Escondido voters soundly defeated Proposition H, an initiative that would have made it possible for the out-of-town developer to build as many as 430 homes on designated open space property in northwest Escondido.

Now, the developer is proposing 392 homes on this very same open space property. This density is very similar to Proposition H. The ECCHO Board is looking for your input on the future of the existing open space; you are invited to attend a community meeting. 

Communications with City Council

Wednesday, September 7, 2016
Friends and Neighbors - 
ECCHO has recently received many requests asking how to get the message to City Council that 392 houses are far too many houses to be built within Escondido Country Club (contact info follows at the bottom.)  We support a viable project that will please all, not "Stuck in the Rough II".  ECCHO will continue to meet with City Council, but the best way to convey your thoughts to City Council is to write/call/email on your own to explain your feelings.  We've provided some points to consider below, but remember, this is your letter, so it should convey YOUR thoughts and emotions, and in your words.  Please don't just copy what is written below.

Trees and stuff ...

Tuesday, September 6, 2016
Trees and growing vegetation

There have been concerns raised about trees creating a danger to homes and the fear of vegetation causing a potential fire hazard.  Our District 2 City Council Representative John Masson, if they are experiencing these issues: 

Email to Code Enforcement:
Phone to Code Enforcement: 760-839-4650
There also a new app for your phone:  "Escondido Report It" where you can also fill out the form to Code Enforcement

NUWI Reveals Plans

Sunday, August 28, 2016

On November 4, 2014, Escondido Voters soundly defeated Proposition "H", an initiative that would have allowed a developer to build in excess of 400 homes on designated open space property in the Country Club area.

Recently, New Urban West, Inc. (NUWI), in a private meeting this week with approximately 20-25 select residents, announced they would propose a Specific Plan for the property to do the following:

  • Build a number of houses from the high 300's to the low 400's(# of houses)
  • Average lot size would be just 4,000 square feet
  • All two-story houses from 1,800 to 2,900 square feet
  • The planning of houses clustered in 3 villages
  • Trails and restaurant open to the public
  • A possible membership for outsiders to access the HOA-based club house

Now it appears that NUWI is not going to engage in discussions with the ECCHO BoD or the larger ECCHO community, as was previously agreed!


Wednesday, August 17, 2016

The ECCHO Board has completed a review of the responses to New Urban West’s (NUW) Open House held July 16 and 17.  We received over 100 emails from community members. NUW collected over 400 comment cards.   Both groups redacted name, address, and other personal information, then exchanged the commentary on August 7.  As explained below, the biggest message we drew from our analysis is that the community needs more information from NUW before it can decide on any development proposal in the neighborhood.


Feedback on NUWI Open House

Tuesday, August 9, 2016


Today, ECCHO Board representatives will be receiving comment cards submitted to New Urban West Inc. (NUWI) after their open house 3 weeks ago. At the same time, we will make available to NUWI the many email comments ECCHO has received in reaction to the same presentation. This exchange of information was agreed upon by both NUWI and the ECCHO Board shortly after their open house. ECCHO has redacted all personal information from the emails we received prior to making them available to NUWI. It is our understanding that NUWI has done the same with their comment cards.


A Message from the ECCHO Board of Directors

Monday, July 25, 2016

To members of the Country Club Community –

This is to report the view of the ECCHO Board with regard to the project proposal recently surfaced by New Urban West.

First and foremost, we have to emphasize that we have not actually seen a “project” proposal. What we have seen is a depiction of certain amenities without a golf feature. So, we share the reservation we’ve heard from so many of you, we cannot evaluate and arrive at an opinion regarding the “project” until it is more clearly defined. How can we assess a residential subdivision without any residences?


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