Planning commission approves redevelopment plan for former Escondido
Steve Puterski, October 26, 2017
It was one big step forward for New Urban West, Inc.,
but its plan for 380 homes at the Escondido Country Club,
dubbed the Villages, still has another hurdle.
Escondido Planning Commission voted 5-1 on Oct. 24 at City
Hall to recommend NUWIs development in the northwest
part of the city to the City Council, which will hear the
matter Nov. 15. Commissioner Joe Garcia was the lone no vote
and Stan Weiler recused himself due to a conflict of interest.
three-hour meeting featured dozens of residents speaking,
mainly from two groups Renew Our Country Club and the
Escondido Country Club Homeowners Organization each
sporting shirts for their cause. Of the 119 in attendance,
60 were against and 59 supported the project, according to
a tally by city staff.
walked the course last week, Commissioner Jeff Weber
said. I cant find a reason not to support it.
Its time to accept change and move on.
addition to the 380 homes, NUWIs plan also calls for
48.9 acres of open space including parks and a greenbelt,
four miles of trails and renovating the dilapidated clubhouse.
There will be three Village sites, each with different architecture,
along with road improvements on Country Club Lane.
supporters of the project railed against the clubhouse as
a source of graffiti, gang activity and slumping property
values. Many said the environment isnt safe for their
extremely encouraging, Miles Grimes of ROCC said. What
you heard from each of them was they were pouring over the
documents, the comments made by people in our community and
poured over the EIR. Five out of six could not find a legitimate
reason to oppose the plan.
meanwhile, railed against increased traffic, noise, the overall
scale of the project, saying 380 homes are far too many, and
rezoning the area to accommodate the plan. Several also called
into question the environmental impact report, saying it was
biased toward NUWI.
have to question city staffs involvement, ECCHO
President Mike Slater said. ECCHO asks you reject the
EIR and deem the project inadequate.
attorney Everett Delano spoke before the commission and said
there is alternative option. He, along with ECCHO, sent the
city a letter outlining a proposal for 158 units without rezoning
and less traffic.
Jonathan Frankel, project manager for NUWI, said more than
one year of public outreach garnered 462 letters of support
and highlighted numerous residents and their excitement for
have a long history in this city and that is why we are excited
to compete for the country club, Frankel said. We
are grateful to the commission for their support, but more
importantly, for listening to the growing number of residents
who want to end this long saga and renew their community.
Tonights meeting was a thoughtful discussion about the
future of the country club community, and we look forward
to bringing this proposal before the City Council next month.
battle over the country club has been ongoing for the past
several years and quickly escalated over a dispute over property
rights between the owner, Michael Schlesinger, and the city
as part of a plan for 600 homes. Schlesinger then dumped tons
of chicken manure on the golf course as tensions rose between
him, the city and ECCHO.