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Safari Highlands Ranch to Bring Enhanced Fire Protection Services and Public Safety to San Pasqual Valley

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Safari Highlands Ranch is dedicated to being a responsible neighbor for the existing San Pasqual Valley community. The community is designed to enhance public safety and fire protection services by improving emergency response times and access, not only for the project itself, but for the surrounding neighborhoods and school.

A Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) prepared to study the project shows that Safari Highlands Ranch would help slow fire spread, provide emergency services not currently available in the area and achieve a development that is less susceptible to wildfires than the surrounding landscape.

Public safety improvements include a new, fully-equipped 7,000-square-foot fire station constructed free of cost to the City of Escondido. This is possible because Safari Highlands Ranch will construct and equip the fire station. Additionally, the majority of funding needed to support ongoing operations at the fire station will be provided by the taxes and fees generated by the new homes, as well as a special assessment district placed on Safari Highlands Ranch for this purpose, in exchange for the City’s commitment to operate the station.

In addition to the fire station, Safari Highlands Ranch will provide the community with an alternate emergency access route. The route provides a critical new exit from the San Pasqual Valley to the northwest in a community where the only available access is to/from the south. Most importantly, this new facility will enable the delivery of emergency services to the San Pasqual Valley within minutes, helping to save lives in an emergency situation in which every second counts. Safari Highlands Ranch will also connect to and improve Zoo Road as an additional emergency access route.

With its oversized fuel modification zones and state of the art fire safe measures, Safari Highlands Ranch will also serve as a defensible fire break for existing San Pasqual communities, creating a new front line of defense in the event of a wildfire. The community’s thoughtful fire safe planning and proposed safety measures completed by some of the industry’s top wildfire experts will help create stronger protections for new and existing San Pasqual Valley communities in the event of a wildfire.

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Safari Highlands Ranch to Benefit Local Schools

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Local schools represent the future of a community. In support of this belief, Safari Highlands Ranch is projected to contribute more than $7.8 million to local schools, which will help schools like San Pasqual Union continue to provide an excellent learning environment, as well as maintain its desired, historic enrollment levels.

The San Pasqual Union School District’s mission ensures that “all children receive an education that builds character, confidence, knowledge, and skills to prepare them to be competent life-long learners who can achieve individual excellence.” Safari Highlands Ranch will support this mission by providing nearly $3 million in school fees and additionally proposed contributions/improvements dedicated to just the neighborhood’s K-8 school that can be used for school programs and campus improvements.  If used in conformance with State programs, these funds will have the potential to be matched by State funding, producing up to $6 million in capital for this School.

Safari Highlands Ranch has also proposed on-campus pick-up and drop-off enhancements at the San Pasqual Union School that support a safer and more effective pick-up/drop-off experience, as well as providing new parking for school employees, families and visitors, and placing a new crosswalk on Rockwood Road. Together, these improvements would help increase safety and efficiency for families and visitors to the school, especially during the current congested pick up/drop off periods.

Once completed, Safari Highlands Ranch is expected to contribute only 136 students to the San Pasqual Union School District, which currently admits more than 200 students from outside the district through inter-district transfers. Because of this unique situation, Safari Highlands Ranch will not affect the enrollment of any existing inter-district transfer student throughout their years at San Pasqual Union, will allow room to continue to admit new inter-district transfer students each year, and not necessitate any expansion of the historic enrollment at the School even at the project’s full buildout and the objectives mentioned above.

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Safari Highlands Ranch to Deliver Total Economic Impact of $514 Million for Escondido and San Diego County

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SAN DIEGO – September 13, 2017 – The proposed Safari Highlands Ranch residential development by Concordia Homes is projected to provide hundreds of millions of dollars in total economic impact and support thousands of new and existing jobs in the City of Escondido and San Diego County, according to a new report commissioned from the National Association of Home Builders.

Located in the hills of the San Pasqual Valley, Safari Highlands Ranch would generate an approximate total economic impact of $514 million during construction and an ongoing annual economic impact of $53 million after full buildout. Safari Highlands Ranch is projected to:

  • Generate approximately $450 million in local income and $64 million in taxes and other revenues for local government during construction;
  • Support approximately 5,739 jobs during construction;
  • Generate approximately $41 million in local income and $12 million in taxes and other revenues for local government annually after completion of construction; and
  • Support approximately 649 jobs annually after completion of construction.

“Safari Highlands Ranch would generate significant short-term and long-term economic revenue for the City of Escondido that can be used for vital City services such as police and fire,” said Don Underwood, Managing Partner at Concordia Homes. “The proposed community would also deliver benefits for local schools, create new recreational amenities and provide for infrastructure and traffic enhancements.”

Safari Highlands Ranch is located off Rockwood Road, north of the San Diego Zoo Safari Park. The proposed 1,098-acre community consists of approximately 700 acres of preserved open space, 550 estate homes, nine miles of new public trails, and a new village core, permanent fire station and emergency evacuation access route for the San Pasqual Valley. The project would provide nearly $7.8 million through development fees to local schools, including the San Pasqual Union School District and Escondido Union High School District. Safari Highlands Ranch would also generate nearly $4 million for infrastructure and traffic improvements, including extending reclaimed water infrastructure into the San Pasqual Valley.

Safari Highlands Ranch has also committed to provide benefits to the adjacent Eagle Crest Golf Club. These benefits include construction of a new club house and signature 14th hole, donation of funds for course improvements and the purchase of 275 annual memberships for new residents of Safari Highlands Ranch.

Safari Highlands Ranch is currently undergoing a comprehensive environmental review under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and is expected to be considered by the Escondido City Council in early 2018.