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San Elijo Hills Towncenter Update from San Elijo Hills Development Company & Ambient Communities
Dear San Elijo Hills Residents,
As an update to last year’s town hall meeting (during which we shared the designs that you’ve seen reflected on the banners in the Towncenter), we are happy to report that we have been working cooperatively with Ambient Communities, and the City of San Marcos toward finalized designs and approvals for the second phase of San Elijo Hills Towncenter.
In that effort, we are very hopeful to receive a Site Development Permit before the end of March. Assuming we and the City are able to meet this important milestone, we intend to process the Precise Improvement Plans starting in March so that we can begin grading by early June. Vertical construction is planned for September, with the first shops opening their doors around April of 2018.
Ambient has been actively considering leasing interest for the past many months and looks forward to announcing the first businesses by mid-Summer of this year. A sincere thank you to many of you who have referred the Towncenter to businesses you would like to see open shop here in your community.
As we progress over the next several months, we will continue to provide updates to our efforts and refinements to these anticipated timelines.
San Elijo Hills Development Company & Ambient Communities
Here is an interview with incumbent Sharon Jenkins who is running for San Marcos City Council. San Elijo Life has invited all candidates for Council the answer the same set of email questions.
Why should the residents in San Elijo Hills vote for you?
I believe residents would vote for me for several reasons. I have been an elected leader in the community over the past 18 years – the last 4 as the newest Councilmember and the 14 years prior as a Governing Board Member of San Marcos Unified School District. Prior to this time and during this entire time I’ve been involved with giving back to the residents of San Marcos by volunteering in or leading within various non-profit and community groups (these are listed on my campaign website – www.sharonjenkinsforcouncil2016.com). You can also see on my website that I have a broad base of supporters from throughout the San Marcos community. Those who work with me know that my goal, whether it’s a city, school board or volunteer decision, is to thoroughly evaluate the situation and make an informed decision.
Please describe your stance on future development in San Marcos?
In my mind, future development includes residential, commercial and industrial. We need to work with the property owners to balance the remaining developable properties with the needs of our community. In 2012, after several years community meetings (30+) the City Council approved an update to the General Plan. These open meetings were held at multiple locations throughout the city. Attendance ranged from 20 – 100+. The General Plan advisory commission itself had 30+ members representing various aspects of the city. This is the foundation from which most development starts. I am not a proponent of future development growth just for the sake of growth. I am a proponent of smart growth that balances the needs of the community, respects a property owner’s rights and provides a benefit to the existing community.
How can you help solve school crowding issues in San Elijo Hills?
I can attest to the fact that the city and school district have a long history of working together to help each other for the betterment of the community. It’s my understanding that the district is in the process of updating their facility needs. The school district is a critical component of the success of our community. While the district will be the one deciding what to do I’m sure the City will do what we can to support their efforts. I think the city can help them out by helping to identify future properties that might fit within their needs and ensuring as new development is being planned that the developer and school district are communicating.
How can the council help address commuter traffic and school traffic in San Elijo Hills?
There has been much discussion of this topic lately. As a council we have already asked the City Manager to work closely with the local Sheriff’s Captain to continually look at ways to address both issues. In addition, we can continually evaluate our resources to see if we need more or can rebalance what we have, but we have to be mindful that when staffs do this they have to look at the overall needs of the community as well as associated costs to any changes. We can also encourage continued collaboration between the city, sheriffs and school district to review and refine, if needed, the traffic plan that was designed as part of constructing the school.
How can the city of San Marcos work with San Elijo Hills Development to complete the San Elijo Hills Town Center?
This plan was submitted to the city the end of September. The developer and our staff have kept the council informed throughout the process and staff will be working closely with them to move the project thru as quickly as it can. If the process goes as planned we can expect to see grading, if weather allows, by the end of January followed by 12 – 18 months of construction. As a Council, we can continue to monitor its progress.
What are your goals to improve the quality of life in San Marcos, such as events, parks, and trails?
Events are planned through our Community Services Department. They continually evaluate what events are needed as well as the success of current events. When challenged a while back to come up with a signature event I feel they hit a homerun with the recent “Double Peak Challenge” coordinated along with the Friends of San Marcos Parks and Recreation and The San Marcos Promise.
Parks – San Marcos is known for its parks. Funds for new parks come from either grants or fees paid by developers. New park land mostly comes to us through agreements with new development. With the help of Community Services we should try to ensure they are building what is needed and/or providing us with sufficient land to build in the future. In addition, we should continue to work closely with the school district to allow joint use of our sites for field use.
Trails – as part of new development they are required to provide trails and connect, if possible, to our existing 63+ miles of current trails. Again, we can also keep watch for grants.
I think there are other qualities of life aspects in San Marcos we need to focus on. Public safety is a top priority. The Council works closely with the fire department to make sure they have what’s needed to serve our community. I think we can all be proud of the heroic efforts of our firefighters and Sheriff deputies during the 2014 Coco fire. This was a prime example of public safety at its best serving and protecting our community. We are currently in the process of purchasing a new truck and engine to the fleet, which will be about a $2M cost. The department recently added an ambulance company due to the increased medical calls. We are participating in the County upgrade to the emergency response system, which will also cost millions of dollars. In addition, we receive reports on a regular basis from the Sheriff’s Department of areas where they’ve had success as well as discussions of areas of concern they want to focus efforts. Thanks to our local Sheriffs it was recently reported that overall crime was down 22% in San Marcos.
Another aspect of quality of life in San Marcos is the education hub we have been recognized for in San Diego County. As I mentioned in another post, the foundation of this is our very own San Marcos Unified School District. We are very proud of their accomplishments and I feel working closely together with them can only benefit the community.
Lastly, bringing jobs to our community is another important facet to our quality of life. If residents can find jobs within the community they live in then they will spend less time away from their family due to the need to commute. I think it’s essential that we continually look at how we can support current businesses and constantly look at what new businesses we can bring to San Marcos. Recent new job opportunities in San Marcos include: DMV, Hobby Lobby, Winco Foods, the continued expansion of SMUSD, Palomar College and CSUSM as well as the upcoming PIMA Medical Institute, Fairfield Inn and the continued development at the North City community across from CSUSM.
If elected what are the top 3 issues you would focus on in San Marcos?
San Marcos is known to be a well run city. So, I would have to say my number one issue is not to upset what’s known to work well – focus on public safety, quality of life, traffic management, be cautious with future development.
As a Councilmember we have to focus on everything so to come up with only three is difficult.
I think as we move into four voting districts plus a Mayor being elected by the entire population, instead of being able to vote for all five, could become a concern for San Marcos. I believe it is our responsibility to keep the focus on what’s best for the entire San Marcos community and not just our particular district. Though we all come with our intentions as to why we want to be elected to the City Council, as a current Councilmember I feel it will be partly my responsibility to encourage newly district elected Councilmembers to focus on the greater good of the entire community and not just what’s best for his/her own district.
Another focus would be to ensure we maintain, and even improve where possible, the financial stability of the City. We are constantly striving to be fiscally responsible with taxpayer funds and find ways we can better improve how we do business in order to save money. Our entrepreneurial approach to government helps to solidify our financial stability. Current examples include: our decision to build and lease to the DMV at market rate rents, buy the former Lowe’s building so we could receive greater rents from Hobby Lobby and Winco Foods, continually seeking new businesses that will provide sales tax revenue.
The most frustration I hear about from residents is the traffic within the community. I think we need to constantly look at ways to improve traffic management, especially at our peak times of day. Though it hasn’t proven successful in the past, I think we need to continually try to work with Caltrans for better coordination of the their ramp traffic signals on our streets. I think we also need to collaborate with the Sheriff’s Department to ensure resource levels are where they should be.
How will you clean up the campaign signs after election?
It is my responsibility to make sure they are removed as quickly as possible. If possible, I will start the night of the election or at the very latest early the next morning. Please email, or call me, if you find a straggler I missed.
We have invited all 2016 City of San Marcos City Council Candidates to answer the same questions.
Please see below for the most recent San Elio Hills Community Association (HOA) Updates:
Prost!! ! Fall is in the air and our most popular event of the year is here!
Come celebrate Oktoberfest with your neighbors on Sunday, October 16th from 3:00PM-6:00PM at the lower softball field of San Elijo Hills Park!
We will be celebrating German traditions through food! Bratwurst, hot links, hot dogs, veggie dogs, potato salad, Caesar salad, sauerkraut, soft pretzels, and apple strudel will be served.
Beverages will include ice water, lemonade, iced tea, and root beer floats!
For all residents 21 and over, a beer garden will also be available (must bring a valid state-issued driver’s license or ID). Four drink tickets will be given per household. No outside alcohol will be permitted into the event.
A lively DJ will be playing some German music mixed in with some modern, family-fun hits that will be sure to get you on your feet and dancing!
Carnival games will be sure to entertain our young residents! We will also have face painting, pumpkin decorating, arts & crafts, a rock climbing wall, bounce house, obstacle course, laser tag, wrecking ball ride, photo booth and much, much more!
Please remember to bring proof of residency to gain entrance into the event (i.e.: driver’s license with on-site address, utility bill, HOA statement, etc.). Unfortunately, we will not be able to allow you to enter the event without verifying residency. If your teens or kids come on their own, please remind them to bring identification.
No guests will be permitted. No pets are permitted.
If you have any questions regarding the event or would like additional information, please feel free to contact your Community Director, Liz McCardle, at
(760) 798-9015 or by email at email@example.com.
Over the years, owners have expressed interest in speed reduction measures such as speed bumps.
The Association has reached out to the City on numerous occasions to pursue the possibility of speed bumps in our gated neighborhoods. The City, specifically the Fire Marshal, has affirmed that speed bumps will not be approved. Speed bumps slow down the response time for emergency vehicles and causes damage to their vehicle suspension.
The San Elijo Hills Community Association specifically maintains roads located in gated neighborhoods only. Gated neighborhoods in the San Elijo Hills Community Association include Westcliffe, Saverne, Azure, The Estates and Promontory Ridge.
All public streets are under the jurisdiction of the City. If you have concerns regarding public streets, please direct any correspondence to the Traffic and Engineering Department at the City.
Town Square Trees
The Liquidambar trees that line our streets have become a highlight of our cherished community.
What you may not know is that some of these trees have root structures that are causing the sidewalks to lift, creating unsafe conditions for our pedestrians. The combination of rocky soil and the proximity to the streets and sidewalks has impacted the root systems on certain trees in the community.
The San Elijo Hills Community Association and the City of San Marcos came to a mutual agreement where the City will perform the tree replacements and repairs to the sidewalks.
The Community Association and the City also came to an agreement regarding the new tree replacements, and selected Chinese Pistache and Crape Myrtle trees. The new trees will provide fall color, are better suited for the small planter areas and rocky soil, and naturally have a resistance to diseases.
The trees will be hand selected by the Association’s Arborist from local growers, and installed with the proper irrigation and root barriers.
If you have any questions, please contact Rebecca McDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It has been brought to the Association’s attention that burglaries are on the rise in San Elijo Hills. We did a little digging, and found great resources on sdsheriff.net. Here are some tips off of their website:
Did You Know? The majority of residential crimes are crimes of opportunity, wherein the victims have left their homes unsecured. The opportunity for residential burglary
must be curtailed both individually and collectively through citizens working with local
Law enforcement agencies. Many people who have never been a victim are often less than diligent about securing their homes and safeguarding their property. Unfortunately, thieves seek out these vulnerable opportunities, accessing homes and garages through unlocked doors and windows with minimum effort. The SD County Sheriff estimates from reports that an average burglary only takes 3-5 minutes.
Shut out burlgars-5 Key Components
WHEN APPLIED TOGETHER, THESE FIVE ITEMS SERVE TO HELP
PREVENT RESIDENTIAL BURGLARIES.
• Surveillance-The ability for people to see and be seen by day and by night.
• Lighting- Interior and exterior, on timers when it starts to get dark.
• Physical Security- Locks, hardware and structural elements
• Evidence- of Activity providing a sense of occupancy at all times
• Neighborhood Watch- Neighbors watching out for each other.
Most law enforcement agencies promote the principles of Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) as the most effective way to confront crime. This environmental approach incorporates the above five key aspects into three specific areas of a residence, each of which is equally important to address.
Included in the exterior category are lighting, landscaping and house numbers. Adequate, appropriate lighting and a well-maintained yard creates an aesthetically pleasing environment while allowing surveillance, defining space and guiding guests on to and out of your property.
Doors, windows, other entrances and alarm systems comprise the perimeter features. The primary goal is to remove any opportunity for a burglar to gain easy access and to ensure that security hardware and devices are not only adequate, but that they are used consistently.
The interior includes all interior factors such as lighting, timers and perceived activity. The goal is to create the sense that someone is home at all times, as most burglars want to avoid confrontation. By maximizing the security elements in these three environments and maintaining the concepts of the Neighborhood Watch Program, you will enjoy the benefits of a secure home and community.
San Elijo Hills Community Association Onsite Office
The San Elijo Hills Development Company’s Visitor’s Center is now closed. Not to worry!
The office has now transitioned solely to the Association’s onsite office. Liz McCardle will continue at the onsite office supporting the Board of Directors and Architectural Review Committee through the management of community-building activities, community events and the architectural approval process! Please contact Liz McCardle at 760-798-9015 or by email: email@example.com.
For all other Association related matters, please contact the Community Association Manager, Rebecca McDonald at 760-431-2522.
2016 Annual Meeting & Election
In the coming months, homeowners will have the opportunity to elect one member to the Board of Directors as well as Neighborhood Representatives for the following communities: Acacia, Bella Vista, Calistoga, Cambria, Carmel, Cedar Crossing, Crest View, Luminara, Promontory Ridge, Saverne, Sanctuary, Terraza, The Estates, Waterford, and Westcliffe.
If you are interested in serving your community in either of these positions, please complete and return the Candidate Nomination Form no later than Monday, October 3, 2016. If you have any questions please contact Rebecca McDonald, Community Association Manager, at (760) 431-2522 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Shop the Square
The San Elijo Hills Foundation is supporting the Sidewalk Saturday in the Town Square is this Saturday, September 24th from 10am-2pm! This is your chance to meet 50+ local area businesses & get a kick-start on your holiday shopping right in the town square around the fountain area. There will be fun music, food trucks and the opportunity to connect with several of our most active community groups. Stop by and show your support of all things local at this very special community building event!
Next Board of Directors Meeting: October 18, 2016
The next Board of Directors meeting is scheduled for 10/18/16, 6:00 pm at
The San Elijo Hills Recreation Center (1105 Elfin Forest Road
San Marcos, CA 92078).
Community Yard Sale
The San Elijo Hills Community Association is sponsoring a community-wide yard sale! All residents are welcome to participate in this FREE event! The yard sale will be held on Saturday, 9/24/16 from 7AM-11AM. Directional signage will be placed out the morning of the sale to the individual neighborhoods. Please note, there will be NO MAPS distributed indicating which individuals homes are participating. Please feel free to add additional signage in the community after 8PM the night before (Friday 9/23/16) so long as it is removed promptly after the event.
For more information, please contact Liz McCardle at email@example.com.
Trails Cleanup Day
The California Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) has been set for 2016! The San Elijo Hills trails system is a designated California Coastal Cleanup Day (CCD) area, and we need volunteers!
The trail system within San Elijo Hills is such a beloved feature of our community! Please join us on Saturday, September 17th from 9:00AM-12:00PM to help clean up the trails!
Volunteers will meet in the Town Square (by the fountain) of San Elijo Hills at 9:00AM. Walk-ups are welcome but pre-registration helps us with site logistics, so if you know for sure you want to help, please register online at cleanupday.org.
Special Instructions: All volunteers should wear comfortable closed toed shoes and sun protection. You can help reduce waste by bringing your own reusable water bottle, and gardening or work gloves. Note: every participant in CCD needs to sign a waiver; anyone under the age of 18 needs a parent or guardian signature to participate!
Students are eligible for community service hours, and prizes will be given out for the most trash collected!
Together we can all make a difference!
San Elijo Hills Women’s Club Hoedown in the Hills
Grab your “pardner,” a pal or two, put on your cowboy duds, and join in the fun! San Elijo Hills Women’s Club’s Hoedown in the Hills promises to be an exciting evening of mouth-watering barbeque, beer, wine and non-alcoholic beverages, toe-tapping music, line dancing, an energetic live auction, and the opportunity to bid on amazing silent auction items throughout the evening, all for only $45 per person. So step right up, purchase your tickets without delay at sehwc.weebly.com, and mark your calendars for Saturday, October 22, 6-10 PM at the Williams Barn in Walnut Grove Park, 1950 Sycamore Drive, San Marcos. All proceeds from this event benefit Straight from the Heart, a local support and outreach organization serving 5000 North County foster children and their families.
SAN MARCOS — Land that has sat vacant for years in the commercial heart of the San Elijo Hills community may sprout shops, restaurants and two dozen townhomes, possibly by late 2017.Residents and city officials have waited for years for the right project to complete the community’s Town Center, a retail hub that was supposed to serve the thousands of homes built in the sprawling master-planned development in southern San Marcos.HomeFed, the publicly traded company that manages San Elijo Hills, has teamed with Ambient Communities to build a two-phase project on the empty 5-acre space.The plan calls for 33,000 square feet of restaurants and retail throughout seven single-story buildings, with 24 condos — three-story units with rooftop decks.Jeff O’Connor, director of operations for HomeFed, said last week that he is “definitely excited about this because it’s going to complete the Town Center — and the residents will be the beneficiaries of that.”No specific proposals have been submitted to the city yet; that is expected within weeks.
READ MORE VIA Source: San Elijo Hills center may grow again | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com
Your San Elijo Albertsons now offers professional Floral design services, by Karen Offerman.
With 35 years’ of experience, she can assist you with all of your floral arrangement needs, including boutonnieres, corsages, and simple to elaborate wedding bouquets, gifts, and more. Karen recently won a 1st Place award for her “Mad Hatter” floral arrangement submission in the 2016 San Diego County Fair’s Flower Show.
Call 760-798-1058 or stop by 1571 South San Elijo Road, San Marcos, CA, 92078 for assistance.
Watch the Facebook Live video stream of the Town Center update from the developer Ambient Communities as they share proposed plans and elevations for development in the second phase of San Elijo Hills Town Center.
Join the conversation on our Facebook page with over 205 comments so far. Here are some design and overview maps and photos from the meeting.
Site Plan that goes with dimension plan Phase 1 (Click to see over view site map) Site plan that goes with dimension plan All phases (Click to see over view site map)
We will go #live tonight with Facebook Live video stream of the San Elijo Hills Town Center update from the developer Ambient Communities. Please tell your friends and neighbors.
Ambient will share proposed plans and elevations for development in the second phase of San Elijo Hills Town Center. You can also watch the recording after the event.
Follow us for live updates and post event recordings at: https://www.facebook.com/SanElijoLife
San Elijo Hills Town Center Informational Meeting:
Ambient Communities will share proposed plans and elevations for development in the second phase of San Elijo Hills Town Center on May 25th at 6:00 pm at the San Elijo Hills Middle School. Residents are encouraged to attend and provide feedback to the proposed plans.
Please call the San Elijo Hills Visitor’s Center with any questions at 760-798-1765.