Escondido Housing and Community Investment Study


SCH Number
Lead Agency
City of Escondido
Document Title
Escondido Housing and Community Investment Study
Document Type
NOP - Notice of Preparation of a Draft EIR
Present Land Use
Housing Element Update and Sector Feasibility Study: Citywide in all zones and land use designations; Specific Plan: General Commercial, office, and residential.
Document Description
The Housing and Community Investment Study (Housing Study) would identify the City’s housing needs and establish clear goals and objectives to inform future housing decisions. The Housing Study would be made up of the following three components: Housing Element Update, Sector Feasibility Study, and East Valley Specific Plan. The Housing Element Update would allow the City to assess current conditions; plan for future conditions; and advance a set of programs to develop, conserve, and maintain fair housing choices for current and future residents. The Housing Element Update would also include an Adequate Sites Inventory that would demonstrate that there are enough sites within the City boundaries to accommodate the RHNA allocation. The Sector Feasibility Study would identify information and assess if, and to what degree, housing development is economically feasible. As a part of the Housing Element Update, the City will implement a rezoning program. The City is preparing a new East Valley Specific Plan, which would focus growth and increase density in the new East Valley Specific Plan Area. The land use plan would focus on maintaining existing uses, such as general commercial, while clustering them into different areas to create a more cohesive pattern and design.

Contact Information

Mike Strong
Agency Name
Director of Community Development, City of Escondido
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Diego
Other Location Info
Housing Element is citywide. East Valley Specific Plan is located east of S. Hickory Street, west of Harding Street, north of Grand Avenue, and south of Washington Avenue.

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, South Coast Region 5 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Resources Recycling and Recovery, California Department of Transportation, District 11 (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Aeronautics (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Diego Region 9 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights, California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT)
Development Types
Residential (Units 6164, Acres 191), Recreational (25 acres), Other (mixed use office/retail of 815,000 SF total)
Local Actions
General Plan Amendment, General Plan Element, Specific Plan
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Economics/Jobs, Energy, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Growth Inducement, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mandatory Findings of Significance, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Schools/Universities, Sewer Capacity, Solid Waste, Transportation, Tribal Cultural Resources, Utilities/Service Systems


State Comment Letters [Comments from state reviewing agencies]

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