A Blue View for Escondido has posted an interesting summary and opinion piece on issues surrounding the recent water rate increases adopted for Escondido water rate payers (5.5% annually for the next five years) by the Escondido City Council in February 2017. Click...
Recent storm flooded Hole 14 of the Eagle Crest Golf Course, the proposed location of the entry road to Safari Highlands Ranch.
The EIR for Safari Highlands Ranch has been delayed - again. The latest revised timeline now anticipates the EIR will be released for the 45-day public review period between late April and mid June. Revised project schedule available here: SHR Revised Project...
The Escondido Chamber of Citizens has invited SPVPA Board members Dr. Ely & Mr. Graves to speak about SPVPA and the Safari Highlands Ranch development proposal at its January membership meeting on Tuesday, January 24th at 6:30 pm. This meeting will be held at the...
SPVPA is excited to announce the launch of our social media expansion. We can now be found on Facebook and Twitter: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SanPasqualValleyPreservationAlliance Twitter: https://www.twitter.com/SPVPA As always, we strive to keep our...
The SHR EIR is now expected in February/March 2017. The most recent revisions to the proposal included the removal of the on-site waste water treatment facility and the five-acre public park. The City of Escondido determined there was no money in the City budget to...
Several of you have reached out to us following a City of Escondido email blast suggesting the Safari Highlands Ranch EIR could be released by the end of THIS YEAR despite earlier statements that the reworking of the EIR would delay its release into early 2017. To...
Measure B Fails! Despite prolific TV commercials and signage throughout San Diego county, Measure B was solidly rejected by the San Diego County voters on November 8th, 2016. More than 735,000 voters (63%) made their voices heard by voting NO on Measure B - the Lilac...
SPVPA is now registered with Amazon Smile! Click on the banner below to be connected directly to Amazon Smile. Select the "San Pasqual Valley Preservation Alliance" (sorry, typing "SPVPA" alone will not locate us) as your charitable organization of choice and 0.5% of...
The San Pasqual/Lake Hodges Planning Group has invited SPVPA to speak at their October membership meeting on Thursday, October 6th at 7:00 pm. As a community planning group for the City of San Diego, SPVPA looks forward to the opportunity to present on the...
Safari Highlands Ranch
- San Diego Union-Tribune: Escondido election outcome puts Safari Highlands vote in question
- The Coast News: San Pasqual Fire renews concerns for Safari Highlands proposal
- San Diego Union-Tribune: Safari Highlands Ranch housing development moving towards final decisions
- San Diego Reader: One million dollar houses atop San Pasqual Valley
- San Diego Union-Tribune: Lessons learned? Lilac Fire tested strategies drawn from ’07 and ’03 fires
- San Diego Union-Tribune: Noticing error likely to delay Safari Highlands vote
- The Coast News: Lines drawn over proposed Safari Highlands Ranch
- San Diego Union-Tribune: Decision nears on Safari Highlands project
- San Diego Union-Tribune: Next step looms in Safari Highlands debate
- The San Diego Reader: Escondido neighbors call it sprawl
- San Diego Union-Tribune: 2017 should bring decision on Safari Highlands project
- The Escondido Grapevine: Tale of two master-planned developments
- San Diego Union-Tribune: Safari Highlands project delayed
- San Diego Union-Tribune: Little school faces big changes
- The Escondido Grapevine: Escondido road closures and (Lilac Hills, Safari Highland ranches) developments – scroll to bottom of article for SHR info
- Voice of San Diego: Developer Tries to Make Escondido Bigger to Accommodate 550 Luxury Homes
- San Diego Union-Tribune: Housing projects continue slow march forward
- San Diego Union-Tribune: New regulations prompt threatening letter
- Times-Advocate: Public meetings inform on proposed Safari Highlands Ranch project
- San Diego Free Press: Escondido Can’t Afford the Safari Highlands Ranch Development
- San Diego Free Press: Escondido’s Lyin’ King Sees Riches in the Safari Highlands Ranch Proposal
- San Diego Union-Tribune: Neighbors decry Safari Highlands Ranch plans
- San Diego Union-Tribune: Safari Highlands Ranch inches forward
- San Diego Union-Tribune: Boom or Doom? Huge projects loom
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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