Sierra Club NCG filed a comment letter today on the Palomar Heights development project. While it is not often that Sierra Club calls for more density, in this case is our strong recommendation. The location is perfect for high-density redevelopment. It is in a transit corridor, located in a manner that will support revitaliztion of downtown Escondido, and would support our stated climate and affordable housing goals. The location in urban Escondido is the site of the old hospital development and now could be upwards of 1,350 residential units. Here is more information. Palomar Heights NCG Issue Brief
It is critical that everyone communicate with the city to let them know your thoughts.
Please file your comments before June 3, 2019 to Escondido Planning Division, c/o Kristin Blackson at the City of Escondido, Planning Division, 201 N. North Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
The City of Escondido is beginning the environmental review process for the old Palomar Hospital Site called Palomar Heights. Sierra Club is advocating for an amended development plan to require much higher density than that proposed by the developer, Integral. The site is zoned for up to 1,350 units, but the current proposal is only for 510 units. The true housing shortage in our region is the need for affordable housing and housing that is affordable. We need to expand and diversify our housing options to create more local affordability near transportation corridors and stop building the luxury units, in sprawl land use footprints.
We need to ask for:
- At least 1,100 units as part of the preferred alternative
- Analyze alternative projects for 900, 1,100, and 1,300 unit projects
- Analysis of all alternatives to the level allowing them to be selected as the project
- Requirement that affordable housing be included in the project.
- Analysis of net-zero construction and transit options as part of the project.
Please file your comments to Escondido Planning Division, c/o Kristin Blackson at the City of Escondido, Planning Division, 201 N. North Broadway, Escondido, CA 92025 or by email at email@example.com .