Escondido Country Club decision could be delayed
J. Harry Jones, August 2, 2017
The homeowners group fighting the development
of the Escondido Country Club has requested a time extension
that would likely push any final decision into 2018.
Everett DeLano, who represents the Escondido Country Club
Homeowners Organization (ECCHO), has asked the city to extend
for another 45 days the comment period during which people
can examine and critique a draft environmental report.
comment period is now scheduled to end Aug. 11. City officials
had said a final decision on developer New Urban Wests
proposal to build 392 houses on 109 acres of the communitys
abandoned golf course would be made by Thanksgiving.
the comment period is extended that would assure that the
decision will be pushed back until after the holidays.
Martin, the citys director of community development,
said the city had not yet seen the request but said it would
not be unusual to grant some sort of extension, although 45
days seemed excessive.
his letter, DeLano stressed the importance of the project
to the northwestern part of the city.
project has an extensive history, and the site has been the
subject of substantial interest for several years. Additionally,
the project also poses several potential environmental issues,
and the (environmental report) and its appendices involve
several volumes of information.
Slater, the president of ECCHO, said more time is needed for
the homeowners to raise funds and hire experts to look at
can be sure they had a lot of experts putting it together,
he said during an informal meeting held Monday night at City
Hall that attracted hundreds of people who asked questions
and expressed concerns about the project.
golf course at the country club was closed in early 2013 after
it was purchased by real estate entrepreneur Michael Schlesinger,
who quickly announced plans to build up to 600 houses on the
neighborhood, which was built around the greens, fairways
and tees of the course, quickly mobilized and were able to
convince the City Council to declare the property permanent
tried to get that overturned in 2014 during the election but
short time later however, the courts ruled that Schlesingers
rights had been violated by the councils open space
declaration. The city then settled a lawsuit and Schlesinger
picked New Urban West to be the developer to pursue a project.
which at one time was committed to the golf course being returned
to life, has now accepted that some sort of development is
fated but the group wants to see housing density of roughly
half of what is now planned.