Escondido Country Club

City Report on SITR Initiative: Water Quality and Hydro-Modification Impacts

Thursday, August 14, 2014

As required by California Elections Code §9212, the City of Escondido has issued an independent report on SITR’s initiative. Here is what it concluded about the initiative’s water quality and hydro-modification impacts:
 

Water Quality and Hydro-Modification Impacts

The project proposed by the SITR Initiative drains to San Marcos Creek which discharges into Lake San Marcos and ultimately into Batiquitos Lagoon.  San Marcos Creek is listed as impaired for DDE,145 phosphorous, selenium and sediment toxicity. Lake San Marcos is listed as impaired for Ammonia as N and Nutrients.  Because a Water Quality Technical Report has not been provided by the project proponent, the effectiveness of the proposed detention ponds to treat or retain pollutants in the water cannot be confirmed. (City of Escondido Elections Code Report page 34)

The report summarizes the history of the Country Club area, SITR’s involvement, and the impacts SITR’s proposed development would have on the community.

The entire 36-page report can be viewed online here:  City of Escondido Elections Code Report

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City Report on SITR Initiative: Drainage Impacts

Monday, August 11, 2014

As required by California Elections Code §9212, the City of Escondido has issued an independent report on SITR’s initiative. Here is what it concluded about the initiative’s drainage impacts:

Drainage Impacts.

Large portions of the proposed specific plan area proposed by the SITR Initiative are within FEMA mapped 100-year floodplain areas that convey drainage from both on and offsite areas. Page C-40 of “The Lakes Specific Plan” proposed by the SITR Initiative states that “Stormwater runoff will increase with planned development of the SPA.” The SPA further states that detention ponds will be used “at major discharge points to reduce peak developed condition runoff to levels approaching pre-development condition peak flows.” These statements indicate that the project’s drainage impacts may not be fully mitigated and that mitigation may not be implemented at all discharge points.  It is expected that without full mitigation increases in storm water runoff draining to systems with inadequate capacity would increase the potential for flooding of the surrounding areas.(City of Escondido Elections Code Report page 33-34)

The report summarizes the history of the Country Club area, SITR’s involvement, and the impacts SITR’s proposed development would have on the community.

The entire 36-page report can be viewed online here:  City of Escondido Elections Code Report
 
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Matching Funds a SUCCESS!

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Thank you to those ECCHO supporters who made our "matching" program a huge success!  Between July 15 and July 31 we received donations of $30,240 for the Keep It Green Escondido campaign from 117 ECCHO members.  The 33% matching funds from 5 generous sponsors will provide an additional $10,080.  Combining this with the money we have already raised gives us a campaign fund that matches the budget we have developed.  

We do not have anywhere near the money Schlesinger will spend, but we have enough to fight.  What we do have that he does not are volunteers.  Now we need to build that base of volunteers to reach the voters all over Escondido.  Please consider joining your friends and neighbors who will be canvassing registered voters, distributing flyers, placing signs and making phone calls.

Contact any of our Campaign Committee members - Mike Slater, Connie Smeyres, Suzanne Hall and Pat Hunter - to see what you can do between now and November 4th.   ECCHO.Info@Gmail.com

Thanks again and we look forward to seeing you on the campaign trail!

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City Report on SITR Initiative: Open Space Impacts

Monday, August 4, 2014

City Report on SITR Initiative: Open Space Impacts

As required by California Elections Code §9212, the City of Escondido has issued an independent report on SITR’s initiative. Here is what it concluded about the initiative’s open space impacts:
 

Open Space Impacts – 

The 110-acre golf course and recreational facilities included within the Country Club Property represent the largest block of open space in northwestern Escondido. The development of residential units as proposed in SITR Initiative would reduce approximately 110 acres of designated open space to 27.2 acres (which includes buffer areas in and around the development not devoted to parks), constituting a 75% reduction. The open space featured in the Country Club Property would largely be replaced by housing, eliminating viewsheds and the visual respite the open space and green areas provided to the surrounding residents.  (City of Escondido Elections Code Report page 31)

The report summarizes the history of the Country Club area, SITR’s involvement, and the impacts SITR’s proposed development would have on the community.

The entire 36-page report can be viewed online here:  City of Escondido Elections Code Report

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City Report on SITR Initiative: Financial Impact

Saturday, August 2, 2014

As required by California Elections Code §9212, the City of Escondido has issued an independent report on SITR’s initiative. Here is what it concluded about the initiative’s financial impact:
 

Financial Impact – Maintenance and Operations Costs

The $1M contribution proposed by the SITR Initiative does not appear to be intended or available for ongoing maintenance and operations (M&O) costs, nor has any specific funding mechanism or endowment been proposed for the ongoing M&O. Information from the City of Carlsbad, who maintains both 25-meter and 50-meter swimming pools indicated that the maintenance and operation costs (including staffing) for their Olympic pool exceeds $500,000 annually.  (City of Escondido Elections Code Report page 30-31)

The report summarizes the history of the Country Club area, SITR’s involvement, and the impacts SITR’s proposed development would have on the community.

The entire 36-page report can be viewed online here:  City of Escondido Elections Code Report
 
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Staff Report on SITR Initiative: Aesthetic Impacts

Thursday, July 24, 2014

As required by California Elections Code §9212, the City of Escondido has issued an independent report on SITR’s initiative.  The report summarizes the history of the Country Club area, SITR’s involvement, and the impacts SITR’s proposed development would have on the community.

Here is what the report concluded about the initiative’s aesthetic impact:

Aesthetic Impact – Scenic Vistas

The proposed 430 units on areas that served as golf course fairways would eliminate the scenic vistas and potentially block views of surrounding hillsides. The loss of these scenic vistas would be considered a potentially significant aesthetic impact given that over 71% of the golf course’s original acreage (78.6 acres) would be developed for residential purposes.   (City of Escondido Elections Code Report page 29)

The entire 36-page report can be viewed online here:  City of Escondido Elections Code Report

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Staff Report on SITR Initiative: Land Use Impact

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

As required by California Elections Code §9212, the City of Escondido has issued an independent report on SITR’s initiative.  The report summarizes the history of the Country Club area, SITR’s involvement, and the impacts SITR’s proposed development would have on the community.

Here is what the report concluded about the initiative’s land use impact:

 

    Land Use Impact – Conflicts with Land Use Plans, Policies and Regulations 
 

Conflicts with land use plans and policies are further exacerbated by the proposed development because it conflicts with the rationale for increasing development intensities in other areas based in reliance on the golf course’s open space offsetting the impact.  (City of Escondido Elections Code Report page 28-29)

 

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Reminder: City Council Meeting Wednesday

Monday, July 21, 2014

As you go over your calendar for the week, don't forget about the City Council meeting on Wednesday.  At this meeting, the Council will discuss the 30-day report ordered by Council at the June 25th meeting, and place the SITR initiative on the ballot in November.

 
Let's show City Council that we remain as united as we were a year ago, and we will not stop until we drive the Beverly Hills Chicken back to L.A. where he belongs.
 

Escondido City Council at 4:30 PM, this coming Wednesday, July 23rd! 

201 N Broadway

We need you!  Arrive early for the best seats. 

Wear your GREEN!

If you'd like to see the report in advance of the meeting, you can find it at the link below:
 
 
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CITY STAFF REPORT ON THE SITR INITIATIVE

Sunday, July 20, 2014

Land Use Impact – Physical Division of an Established Community 

    
Development as proposed in the SITR Initiative would alter the existing country club community, effectively eliminating the established theme and vision created for the area. 

Be an informed voter - know the facts!

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