PRIMER ON PROPOSED COPPER HILLS DEVELOPMENT/SD15
You may have seen a sign on the property right next to the former landfill site (on San Elijo Road) for a project named “Copper Hills.” Copper Hills is a project that is being proposed by a developer (Stephen A. Bieri Company) to the City of San Marcos. The land itself is actually in the unincorporated County of San Diego. San Marcos does not have jurisdiction (though the developer could attempt an annexation). In the County of San Diego, the developer is also attempting to change the current zoning of that land in case they choose to pursue the project in County jurisdiction. This zoning amendment (General Plan Amendment) is being called SD15 in the County of San Diego. Click link for more information.
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Sheriff Press release regarding yesterday’s fatal accident near Chevron:
On October 3rd , 2017, at approximately 4:48 p.m., Deputies from the San Diego County Sheriff’s San Marcos Station, Traffic Division responded to a vehicle versus a pedestrian collision in the 1700 block of San Elijo Road. Based on the preliminary investigation it was determined a vehicle was entering the number one lane of southbound San Elijo Road from a nearby business when it struck a female pedestrian who was in the roadway at the time. The female sustained life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment where she later succumbed to her injuries. The driver of the vehicle sustained no injuries and remained on scene. Impairment of alcohol and/or drugs is still under investigation. The cause of the collision is currently under investigation. Anyone with information is requested to contact Deputy Rosenthal at (760)510-5047.
PAVING ON SAN ELIJO ROAD ON OCTOBER 2, 2017 FROM 9:00 AM TO 2:00 PM
San Marcos, CA — The Vallecitos Water District is hiring an asphalt repair contractor to repair a portion of southbound San Elijo Road just south of Baker Street/Cooke Street on October 2nd between the hours of 9:00 am and 2:00 pm. One southbound lane will be closed. Schools, businesses and residents may experience increased truck and equipment traffic, minor traffic delays, lane closures, odors and noise during the work.
For more information and to view the latest updates, go to www.vwd.org or call 760-744-0460.
San Elijo Hills Towncenter Marketing package.
This plan/brochure indicates preliminary leasing concepts and tenants only and is subject to change. The brochure calls out some potential tenants.
DESCRIPTION: “Centrally located in the community of San Elijo Hills, the project is situated along the highly traveled thoroughfare, San Elijo Road with an average daily traffic count of approximately 22,500 cars per day, growing to approximately 32,000 cars per day by 2020. Retail, service and restaurant spaces available from 1,034 – 6,600 square feet in Phase I and up to 7,700 square feet in Phase II. “
SEE THE Attached FOR MORE DETAILS AND CONCEPTS
San Elijo Life had an informative conversation with Jason and Scott Simmons. They are two brothers that have grown up in San Marcos and their company they are affiliated with are the developers of this project. Their father also has a historical footprint here in San Marcos as a developer. They are very focused in connecting with the community by providing information on this project. They want to be available to speak and/or meet with anyone to answer questions, hear your feedback and solutions. This is a preview of information on this project and a more detailed article from us is coming soon. They provided this statement below for our San Elijo Life readers to learn more about Copper Hills. The site is a treasure for local residents to hike, bike, run and play and we encourage everyone to go and enjoy the spring green hills and familiarize yourself with the site. The old dump and it’s safety along with the long history of old recycling center are important parts of this area and the history before and during the existence of San Elijo Hills. Traffic, school crowding and designated open space are topics that should be part of the community discussion.
Just southwest of San Elijo Hills town center, nestled in between Old Creek Ranch and the old recycling center, is a little know gem of a property now known as Copper Hills.
You may have hiked or biked from the old recycling center gates on this property on your way to Copper Creek trailheads or the old Copper Mines southwest of San Elijo Hills. The property is currently located in the jurisdiction of the County of San Diego, but is being proposed to annex into the City of San Marcos. This will give us in San Elijo Hills and San Marcos a voice in the proposed uses for the site.
While most of the land will remain in open space; a portion will be developed into usable residential and commercial as well as park space and recreation opportunities. This is the last spot along San Elijo Road that could fulfill some of the needs of the community that have been missing. Potential uses include community gathering facilities, trail access and parking, large park area, a Boys and Girls Club and Teen Center, a skate park, outdoor basketball courts, community pools, congregate care for seniors, family restaurants and breweries as well as a top notch residential community by respected high end builder Colrich Communities, who has built some beautiful communities in San Elijo Hills and Old Creek Ranch.
The developer is actively developing solutions for traffic concerns and while the elementary school will be Carrillo, they understand school impact concerns and will be addressing those with the public’s involvement. Your direct input to the developer is much appreciated and welcomed.
The Bieri Companies, who has owned the property since 2003; however has been working in San Marcos since the 1980’s and is responsible for CSUSM and areas around it is much appreciated developments. Local land planning firm CCI or Consultants Collaborative has been involved from the beginning and both principals live in San Elijo Hills. All 3 firms involved are local and family owned. Please visit www.ExploreCopperHills.com for more information and direct contact information.
*www.ExploreCopperHills.com will be live next week
Mountain lion sighting at 4:30 a.m. crossing to the north at San Elijo Road. About half a mile east from the intersection of Double Peak Drive and San Elijo Road. Location and report from San Elijo Life reader.
Read more about Mountain Lions and Safety here:
Double Peak School in San Marcos focuses on innovation, and includes a “maker space.” | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com
Students from kindergarten through middle school will try their hands at engineering, design and coding at Double Peak School in San Marcos, which opened its doors Monday. The school, open to students in kindergarten through eighth grade, sits off San Elijo Road, with expansive views of the hills on either side. With a focus on innovation, it features a “maker space,” where students can practice conceiving and constructing inventions, and an innovation lab, where they will learn apps, programs and other technological tools.
Double Peak school near completion; construction will close lanes on San Elijo Road | SanDiegoUnionTribune.com
SAN MARCOS — Traffic slowdowns are coming to San Elijo Road in San Marcos as Double Peak School enters the final phases of construction this summer.The K-8 campus will open Aug. 29, and will serve students from the San Elijo Hills area. Traffic improvements needed to add turning lanes into the school will close down one lane in each direction for a portion of San Elijo Road for several months, officials said.“We’re removing the median in order to create two left-hand lanes into the school and add signals and lights,” said Tova Corman, executive director of facilities planning and development for San Marcos Unified School District.The closures started Monday, and on Wednesday night the road will be reduced to a single lane between 7 p.m. and 5 a.m.
Meanwhile, construction of the school will proceed in phases, with the first building slated for completion June 1 and subsequent structures opening every few weeks over the summer.“The site is doing really well,” Corman said. “The first building will be classrooms and administration.”As crews move in furniture, construction will continue on four other structures: a second classroom building, kitchen, gym and performing arts center.
When completed, the school will have 51 classrooms and accommodate up to 1,200 students, Corman said. It will open in August with 950 students in grades K-7.With a focus on music, arts and innovation, Double Peak will offer an instrumental music program for students in kindergarten through eighth grade, said Principal Steve Baum. It will also have a “maker space” for design and construction, and instruction in engineering, coding and technology. Administrators, teachers and nutrition staff had a hand in helping plan the school, Corman said, ensuring that the buildings’ form fits their function.“It’s gorgeous,” Corman said. “The classrooms are all two-story buildings to save space. One thing that’s cool is we have retention basins required by law, (constructed by) reusing the double peak rocks from the site. The classrooms are going to be amazing, using newest technology for computer labs.”
Road work continues along San Elijo Road to pave way for Double Peak School Traffic reduced to single lanes until late August
Beginning Monday, May 16, traffic will be reduced to one lane on both north- and southbound sides along San Elijo Road and S. Twin Oaks Valley Road to accommodate roadway improvements critical to student, pedestrian, bicycle and traffic safety while paving the way for future access to the new Double Peak School.
Motorists traveling through the area will see signs in advance of the roadwork and should be prepared to be directed through standard traffic control measures.
During the construction period, pedestrians will be routed to the trail on the west side of S. Twin Oaks Valley Road and bicyclists will be accommodated in a striped bike lane. Additionally, access to Ridgeline Trailhead and the equestrian park east of Duncan Court will be restricted to right-turn only.
Roadway safety improvements associated with the construction of Double Peak School include extended turning lanes into the school site from both directions that will result in widening of the road, relocation of the center median, relocation of major utility infrastructure and the installation of traffic safety improvements such as traffic signals and crosswalks at the intersection into the school.
Although two-way traffic will be maintained within the work area, traffic delays are anticipated and motorists are encouraged to use alternate routes if possible. A detailed construction and traffic impact map will be available on the City’s website, www.san-marcos.net/roadwork.
All lane closures are expected to be lifted before the end of August 2016. Delays in the schedule may occur due to inclement weather conditions.
While these scheduled traffic impacts may cause short-term inconvenience, the work paves the way for long-term improvements to traffic flow and will provide access enhancements to the new Double Peak School that are critical to student and motorist safety.
Double Peak School, San Marcos Unified’s first K-8, will serve the communities in and around San Elijo Hills and offer a focus on music, arts and innovation. The highly anticipated grand opening will coincide with the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year.
For more information regarding the associated lane closures, please contact San Marcos Unified School District’s project contractor Mike Gussa with Lusardi Construction at (760) 497-3097 or email@example.com.
For more information about Double Peak School, please contact Administrative Secretary Jenny Axford at (760) 752-1227 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last week the traffic commission of San Marcos held a meeting in which several improvements were authorized for the San Elijo Hills Town Center to improve pedestrian safety.
Here is the list of items.
- All six of the traffic lights had their yellow times and all red times changed. Some were made longer and some were made shorter in accordance with state guidelines. Watch for the changes. All had their all red light times lengthened in order to give an extra cushion of time.
- All six of the intersections will have new cross walks painted with piano key type strips. This should give motorists a better sense that this is a shopping area meant for walking.
- Two new radar speed signs will be installed on San Elijo road. One between Schoolhouse way and Elfin Forest just before the speed change to 25 MPH. The other will be installed just before the Chevron station before Baker Street also where the speed changes to 25 MPH. These signs will have the ability to tally speeders, the times of day that speeding occurs, number of cars and more data about traffic flows. That information will be sent to the sheriff’s office that can then better staff officers for enforcement if necessary.
- The 25 MPH zone on San Elijo Road that starts after you cross Elfin Forrest will be moved to the other side of the road toward Schoolhouse way to slow traffic before the Elfin Forrest traffic light.
- The 45 MPH speed change after Baker Street once you pass the Chevron station will be moved closer to Baker Street. Right now you are supposed to continue at 25 MPH till you pass the 45 MPH sign down San Elijo road.
- Last, I am not sure how many of the traffic lights will be getting what is called RAT indicators, but they will be installed on some of the traffic lights. They allow officers to stay on the cross streets not in your view from San Elijo road and determine if a red light has been violated for ticketing purposes, so be aware of this change.
It is expected that the changes will be made over the next three months. After that, once the statistics come in from the radar speed signs, the changes will be evaluated in order to determine if more changes are necessary. It has been determined that the current three school zone radar signs are not working properly and are past there useful life but there is no money in the current budget to change them. My hope is that can be accomplished next year.
Meridian Neighborhood Representative
Editors note-Thanks to Elliot for providing this report
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