Unless you just flew in from Mars, everybody in the City of Escondido knows what the Country Club community wants. Let's review what we do know…
- We all know the original intent and design of the Country Club community was to attract and provide a home for seniors seeking a quiet, semi rural, recreation oriented, resort style neighborhood. It was designed to cater to the needs of seniors and it successfully established a well respected and highly sought-after community that was an integral part of the greater Escondido identity. We want to preserve that concept.
- We all know that a 'Perfect Storm', the collision of meteorological weather forces, a drought unlike any we have seen in one hundred years, and a financial collapse, the likes of which we haven't seen since the Great Depression, created a nexus that has wreaked havoc on our community. But history tells us, the storm will pass.
- We all know that an out-of-town speculator has swooped in and escalated an unnatural disaster, and is essentially holding all of us hostage, waiting to sail out of town with a boatload of money. He is attempting to resell $4K lots for $100K each. He has ignored the election, the expressed will of the people, and is using the courts, his public relations campaign, New Urban West and our impotent city council to achieve his goal.
- We all know that the residents won unanimous City Council approval of our Citizens Property Rights Initiative, which reinforced the original planning department declarations that the golf course fairways were to remain open space for all future property owners.
- We all know that the voters of all of Escondido, by an overwhelming 2 to 1 margin, rejected the out-of-town speculators Proposition H initiative to amend the General Plan, which was a building plan nearly identical to the current one under review.
Citizens have offered NUW massive amounts of written suggestions about how they can recapture the resort-like nature of our tortured community. The problem is that the property owner will not budge on his declaration that he will never allow anything other than homes to be built on his property.
As for the latest "The Villages" plan itself, all you have to do is look at the demographic of the existing community to know that this plan is incongruous with the character of the Country Club neighborhood.
The new plan is nearly all two-story homes. There are very few 2 story homes in our community. Why? Because the Country Club community was never designed to attract first time buyers and young families. But that is what NUW has stated is their target market! "The Villages" plan tries to reconfigure the 50 year legacy, the intent and fundamental design of the existing community.
Beyond that, "The Villages" plan is drastically deficient.
- There are no provisions for advanced senior care facilities or anything for existing homeowners who may need to downsize, or graduate to a higher degree of healthcare services while staying in the community they built!
- There are no provisions to mitigate massive increases in traffic on surface streets designed in the 60's and 70's for very light use. It is a golf cart zone!
- There are no provisions to preserve the large stands of Eucalyptus and Pine trees, the natural ecological systems that the golf course provided, or to protect the wildlife that compliments the areas of open space. "The Villages" would eviscerate the natural identity and character of the area.
The oft repeated lie that no one knows what the community wants is 'fake news'.