City to bump up facilities phasing plan for Pacific Highlands Ranch; library design to begin in 2016

At the Oct. 22 Carmel Valley Community Planning Board meeting, the board heard about the update to the phasing of the Pacific Highlands Ranch facilities financing plan. An update was needed, as the rate of development in the community has exceeded expectations according to Oscar Galvez, city facilities financing project manager.

The community park has been pushed from a 2027 opening to 2019, the new recreation center from 2022 to 2019 and the PHR branch of the San Diego public library system from 2029 to 2018, with $1 million for the design process available in 2016.

One part of the phasing plan the planning board is pushing for sooner is the completion of Village Loop Road, which is supposed to loop by the Village, Canyon Crest Academy, the park, Pacific Trails Middle, future housing and re-connect with Carmel Valley Road. Right now, it dead-ends. In the plan, it has moved from 2020 to 2018 but the board would still like to see it completed sooner.

The update to the financing plan is under review — the next step is City Council approval, possibly by December, with the update becoming effective in March 2016.

“The facilities financing plan had some limitations,” said Chair Frisco White.

“We wanted to make sure facilities come online a little before the housing … Pardee Homes and other developers have shown they are more than capable of meeting the demands. We support the aggressiveness of the development so that PHR can be the community that we all envisioned it to be.”