East Valley Specific Plan Project (previously The Housing and Community Investment Study)

2 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
City of Escondido
Document Title
East Valley Specific Plan Project (previously The Housing and Community Investment Study)
Document Type
EIR - Draft EIR
Present Land Use
General Commercial, office, and residential
Document Description
A Notice of Preparation for the EVSP PEIR was issued in February 2021. At that time, the project was part of the Housing and Community Investment Study (Housing Study), which included three components: Housing Element Update, Sector Feasibility Study, and the EVSP. The Housing Element Update and Sector Feasibility Study have since been removed from the analysis in the PEIR and addressed as a separate project with an independent CEQA process compliant with State law. In 2004, the City Council approved the East Valley Parkway Area Plan with the purpose of implementing a comprehensive strategy for the revitalization of the physical character and economic health of the East Valley Parkway businesses and communities. The East Valley Parkway Area Plan has been the City’s implementing document for this area of the City. In 2012, the City prepared the Escondido General Plan, which identifies 11 target areas, including the East Valley Target Area, that provide unique opportunities for achieving the Escondido General Plan vision and involves a re-evaluation of land use patterns and policies. The EVSP would be a comprehensive planning and zoning document for the western portion of the East Valley Target Area. The 191-acre EVSP Area is included within the limits of the East Valley Target Area and establishes a link between implementing the goals and ideas of the Escondido General Plan and Housing Element Update. The EVSP proposes goals, policies, design standards, and implementation strategies to guide private development and public investment through 2035. The EVSP would incorporate a dynamic mix of land uses, ensuring a variety of residential options, linked together through safe streets and a business corridor. The proposed EVSP addresses the following topics: EVSP Density Transfer Program, land use, parks and public realm, mobility, public services and infrastructure, and development standards and design guidelines.

Contact Information

Adam Finestone
Agency Name
City of Escondido, Planning Division of the Community Development Department
Job Title
City Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Diego
Cross Streets
east of Hickory Street, west of Harding Street, north of Grand Avenue, and south of Washington
92025, -27
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
Central Elementary, Farr Elementary, Mission Middle School
Escondido Creek

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, Division of Aeronautics (DOT), California Department of Transportation, Division of Transportation Planning (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Governor's Office of Emergency Services (OES), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), 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), California Transportation Commission (CATC), Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, District 14, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Rights, California Department of Transportation, District 11 (DOT)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Department of Transportation, District 11 (DOT)
Development Types
Residential (Units 6164, Acres 191), Commercial (Sq. Ft. 1683587, Acres 191, Employees 3000), Recreational (up to 25 acres), Other (Community Service/Civic)
Local Actions
General Plan Amendment, Specific Plan, Rezone
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Drainage/Absorption, 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, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End


Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form
State Comment Letters [Comments from state reviewing agencies]

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