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SHR Draft EIR Wait Continues

The most recent timeline projection for the SHR draft EIR ended on Monday 8/28/2017, so the SHR EIR is now delayed once again. However, we have heard from several sources that the EIR release is imminent; perhaps as early as next week. Of course, we have heard this...

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ECOC Submits SHR Opposition Letter

The Escondido Chamber of Citizens has submitted a strong letter of opposition to Safari Highlands Ranch. ECOC is the latest group to take a firm stand against this effort to circumvent the intended zoning (rural zoning for 27 houses to single family residential for...

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Sierra Club Joins Opposition to SHR

SPVPA is pleased to announce Sierra Club has joined opposition efforts related to Safari Highlands Ranch. Sierra Club's San Diego Conservation Committee Chair has drafted a powerful letter (click HERE) detailing numerous concerns and their "resolute opposition" to...

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Another SHR Project Update (May 2017)

Another SHR Project Update has been released by the City of Escondido. Click HERE to view it. Unfortunately, this most recent project update addressed to the SHR "Interested Groups and Individuals" email list, dated 5/11/17, and posted on the City's website, has not...

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SHR EIR News (May 2017)

Unfortunately it seems the City of Escondido failed to send out an email to the SHR "interested parties" email list, again. SPVPA does our best to stay on top of SHR-related news & updates regardless, so we are passing along the recent EIR update we found. The...

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Endangered Habitats League Joins Opposition to SHR

Endangered Habitats League (EHL) is an active and influential organization in Southern California, San Diego and beyond, with overarching goals of sustainable land use planning and permanent resource protection. EHL has been monitoring the current Safari Highlands...

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Regional News Affecting Escondido and SHR


Lake Wohlford Dam project has been halted indefinitely after it was revealed the project is ineligible for a $25M loan to pay for the project from the CA Dept. of Water Resources. As a result, $15M in matching state money will be lost because those funds required that the dam project be completed by the end of next year.  The implications for Escondido and water availability throughout the North County is significant; Escondido gets ~30% of it’s water from Lake Wohlford as well as parts of Vista, San Marcos, Oceanside and Carlsbad.  Given the structural instability of the Lake Wohlford Dam in the event of an earthquake, the water level in that lake has been lowered by half which means less water availability, less electricity generation capability and environmental concerns for the water quality of the lake.


San Diego Union-Tribune: Wohlford dam replacement delayed


For the second year, State Route 78 at Twin Oaks Valley Road is rated as San Diego County’s worst traffic bottleneck. Transportation data estimates 475,000 total vehicle hours were wasted in that stretch of the 78 alone.  On average, registered drivers in San Diego county spent an average of 3.5 days waiting in traffic last year, or about 20 minutes per workday.


San Diego Union-Tribune: San Diego County’s 10 worst bottlenecks


Residents and local politicians gather to learn more about the Lilac Hills Ranch ballot initiative process and its impact on the quality of life in San Diego County.


Valley Roadrunner: Lilac Hills Ranch opponents decry initiative process’s vulnerability to “deep pockets”


Accretive Investments is taking a new approach to get the Lilac Hills Ranch project done: collecting signatures to put it for a county-wide vote, conveniently side-stepping CEQA (California Environmental Quality Act) requirements in the process.


Voice of San Diego: Lilac Hills Ranch Developer to Try Yet Another Way Around ‘No’


Prop S


Although Safari Highlands Ranch will not trigger Prop S because it does not require an amendment to the City of Escondido’s General Plan, this article on Prop S is a good primer on the purpose behind Prop S and how it has served Escondido growth trajectory well for many years.


San Diego Union-Tribune: Prop. S helped save Escondido


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