Escondido road closures and (Lilac Hills, Safari Highland ranches) developments

Proposed Lilac Hills Ranch site in summer 2015.

With all due respect to Bob Dylan, the Escondido roads they are a’closing this month

Road -- closed.

Road — closed.

“Due to the installation of new recycled water pipes, the City of Escondido advises motorists that Ash Street between Washington Avenue & Valley Parkway will be closed during nighttime construction,” said Escondido spokesman Randy Mann.

That means from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. through Friday night, April 8. Detour signs will be posted. No through access will be allowed to either side of Ash Street via the Escondido Creek Canal bridge, including emergency vehicles.

Residents and businesses will have driveway access at all times along Ash Street between Washington Ave. & Valley Parkway by either using Washington Ave. or Valley Parkway; no through traffic across the Escondido Creek Canal bridge will be allowed.

Persons with questions or comments may contact Greg Gomez, MBI, Resident Engineer at (760) 902-7249, Mark Lewis, City of Escondido Field Engineering Inspector II, at 760-807-1121 or Wayne Papac, MBI Project Construction Manager at 619-247-7828.

The new pipes are part of the City’s Recycled Water Easterly Main Extension Project which will deliver reclaimed water to eastern Escondido.

More pipeline work closing roads

Due to pipeline work being performed in northern Escondido by the Rincon Del Diablo Municipal Water District, North Avenue from Broadway to Laurashwan Lane will closed during the day from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. through Friday, April 8.

During that time, only residents will be granted access. Detour signs will be posted during closure times.Southland Paving does the honors as project contractor.

As for developments, ‘Life of Reilly’ fans, Lilac Hills Ranch is back

Proposed Lilac Hills Ranch.

Proposed Lilac Hills Ranch.

Lilac Hills Ranch just can’t take no for an answer. After depending nearly 11 years trying to get approved, and spending more than $3 million on fees and three environmental impact reports, the ever-controversial Accretive Corp led by Randy Goodson is taking its issue to the ballot box.

The proposed 608-acre, 1,746-home Lilac Hills would be two miles east of Interstate 15 and Old Highway 395, in a mostly rural area whose current plans allowed for only 110 homes, bordered by West Lilac Road to the south and west along Shirey Road and Standell Lane, north of Rodriguez Road, Nelson Way and Circle “R” Lane.

The road to Lilac Hills was blocked however when Valley Center Supervisor Bill Horn, whose ranch adjoins the proposed project area, was precluded twice from voting by the California Fair Political Practices Commission leaving a final vote in doubt. What’s more a November ruling that a similar project around Los Angeles had to come up with better standards addressing potential greenhouse gas emissions.

Lilac Hills Ranch officials last week announced they were taking on a ballot petition drive to get the development approved.

This is their spiel:

“We are happy to announce that the Title and Summary for the Lilac Hills Ranch Initiative was approved by the County of San Diego, giving us the green light to begin collecting the required signatures to qualify the initiative for the ballot. Once the signatures are collected, they can be turned into the County for verification, which would give the County Board of Supervisors the option of approving the initiative or placing Lilac Hills Ranch on the November 2016 Ballot.

We need you to help us in the following 3 Steps:

  1. Like us on Facebook
  2. Visit our Initiative website, and pledge your support by requesting to sign our petition, or even volunteering to help collect signatures.
  3.    3      Contact Us and a Lilac Hills Ranch representative will arrange a meeting for you to sign the Petition.

Representatives will be available 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. April 5 and April 12 to gather signatures for the petition outside the Bonsall Chamber office at River Village: 5256 S. Mission Rd. #311, Bonsall, CA 92003. Please RSVP:

Then, there’s yet another proposal for the San Pasqual Valley

Proposed Safari Highlands Ranch.

Proposed Safari Highlands Ranch.


Developers are trying to build hundreds of homes on a vast 1,098 acres just north of the San Diego Safari Zoo Park – something that a previous developer tried before on the same property and failed.

The new proposal faces many of the same challenges that stopped its predecessor.

Concordia Communities LLC is proposing a 550-luxury home development, called Safari Highlands Ranch, on 350 acres of the empty, rugged property north of the safari park, northeast of the Rancho Vistamonte Community and east of Rancho San Pasqual.

The property is currently part of the unincorporated county, where county law only allows 27 homes. So the developer is trying to persuade the Escondido City Council to annex the land. That would allow 550 homes and provide sewer, water and fire infrastructure that the county would not currently allow.

In 2003, the Escondido planning commission denied a different developer’s plan to build 403 homes, a 250-room resort hotel and an 18-hole golf course on the very same land. The developer pulled his proposal and sold the property.

In order to go through the annexation, both the Escondido City Council and the Local Agency Formation Commission need to approve the change – a process that could take years.

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