Sycamore Ranch plan still in progress – Time extension granted for development’s infrastructure

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors granted a time extension to complete the infrastructure of four approved subdivision maps, including the Sycamore Ranch development in Fallbrook. Sycamore Ranch is located off Gird Road via Knottwood Way.

The supervisors’ 4-0 vote July 9, with Greg Cox absent due to California Coastal Commission activity, extends the date by which the Sycamore Ranch infrastructure must be completed, in the absence of a subsequent time extension, to Jan. 9, 2016. The deadline is for completion of road, water, sewer, and other infrastructure improvements; the homes or other lot improvements themselves are not required to be completed by that date.

The tentative map for Sycamore Ranch approved the subdivision of 173.65 acres into 56 residential lots and a golf course. A tentative parcel map becomes a final map after all conditions of the tentative map, other than those for which permits cannot be issued until a final map is recorded, are fulfilled. A final map is required for grading and building permits. The conditions of a final map include secured agreements to ensure that the infrastructure will be built and that payment for labor and materials used to build the infrastructure will be made.

Improvements identified in a secured agreement are required to be completed within two years of the approval of the final map, although if circumstances prevent the improvements from being completed by the agreement’s expiration additional time may be requested to complete the infrastructure. The county’s Department of Public Works reviews existing agreements and their bonding requirements to determine if time extensions are warranted and if the security agreements need to be modified.

A final map only creates legal lots and does not ensure building or grading permits. Although grading and building permits are ministerial rather than discretionary, they are not truly “by right” since ministerial permits require compliance with a checklist. Changes to local stormwater and drainage requirements may need to be addressed before the building or grading permits can be issued, and an update to the previous environmental documentation may be required to address new circumstances or standards.

Work on the Sycamore Ranch improvements was delayed both for economic reasons and for redesign of the stream crossing, which required permits from agencies other than the County of San Diego. The construction of the required infrastructure is mostly complete with the outstanding requirements consisting of the westerly extension of Knottwood Way from approximately Genista Place to the project boundary, including the bridge over Adler Creek. The agency permits have been acquired, and the security is still adequate to guarantee completion of the remaining work.

4 Responses to "Sycamore Ranch plan still in progress – Time extension granted for development’s infrastructure"

  1. Angry!!!   August 1, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    This is the same week that the SD Water Authority tells rolls out mandatory water restrictions but they’re going to build more homes AND A GOLF COURSE!!!!!!

  2. ZZZ   August 2, 2014 at 10:09 am

    Builders and developers don’t care about how the homes/golf course will get or pay for water because by then they will have sold it all for profit. As every other new development coming to our neighborhood. Hopefully home buyers will figure it out before they’re sucked in.

  3. SR Resident   August 3, 2014 at 7:50 am

    One thing this article doesn’t mention is that Sycamore Ranch was built out about 10 years ago and the golf course was opened in 2002. The only thing I’m aware of as a resident is that the county and the developer have not been able to come to an agreement over responsibility for construction of the bridge over Adler Creek. Too, I don’t know where the numbers come from but I would think there are at least 150 homes in the development.

  4. SR Resident 2   August 5, 2014 at 3:27 pm

    I know some Sycamore Ranch residents have fought the Knottwood extension for fear Knottwood would become a thoroughfare. Whether or not their concerns contributed to the delay in construction is unclear to me. What is clear, especially after the recent fires in May in which Sycamore Ranch was surrounded by fire to the East, West, and South, is that parts of the development could easily become trapped during an evacuation with only one way out on Knottwood. This deadlock situation impacts most acutely the street with homes backing the wilderness easement and Adler Creek as its egress is adjacent to the proposed extension. I know that thru traffic will create problems for the many people who walk and/or jog in our neighborhood. You will have to STOP WALKING IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET (especially with glasses of wine in your hands) and USE THE SIDEWALK (we live in Fallbrook and have a sidewalk, yeah!). I know many people have come to our neighborhood for retirement. That’s great. But driving 35 miles an hour is not speeding and you don’t need to yell at drivers and flip them the bird–especially when you are a group talking IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STREET. The Knottwood extension was clearly outlined in our housing contracts and every delay in construction has endangered some of your fellow residents. As far as I’m concerned, they can’t build it fast enough.


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