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Calendar >  Silvergate Development LLC Breeze Hill Project Presented to Planning Commission

Silvergate Development LLC Breeze Hill Project Presented to Planning Commission

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Many residence from around Breeze Hill attended the meeting. 25 gave comments to the commissioners

The City new procedure named “Early Design Review” allowed the applicant and the community to come together to discuss the pros & cons of the Breeze Hill project. This was the case Tuesday evening at the Planning Commission meeting held at city hall.

Silvergate Development LLC proposal  The Breeze Hill project proposed would begin construction by February 2016, completed by April 2017 and begin leasing  in the Summer 2017.

The following is a synopsis of a Vista resident presentation made to the Commission:
Lou Slocum – 740 Breeze Hill Rd., #161 -Vista, CA 92081
Reasons to reject or modify the plan submitted by Silvergate Development Company:
1.  DENSITY – Per the 2010 U.S. Census (now a half decade old), the population of Vista is 93,834 with a population density of 5,023.7 people per square mile https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vista,_California.
If we take the swath of land that includes the Charlemont condos on La Tortuga, the Charlemont condos and Avalon Apartments on Breeze Hill Road and the property designated for the Breeze Hill Apartments (approx. 800 feet wide and 2,000 feet long per Google Maps), this represents about 5.74% of a square mile (around 3/50ths).  If this area maintained the same per square mile population density as above, it would calculate to 288 people. However, with just the 300 units of the Charlemont complexes alone (conservatively housing 600+ people), we are already greater than 2 times that density figure.  Add the 221 units of the Avalon Apartments (450+ people) and we are at 3.5 times the density.  Now add the 100 units for the Breeze Hill Apartments (conservatively housing 200 people) and we are at almost 4.5 times the 5,023.7 population density. That’s a population density of over 22,000 people per square mile.
2.  PARKING – The plan presented by Silvergate Development was not clear as to how many vehicles would eventually be forced to park outside the apartment complex and in the spaces designated for CVS or CoMerica Bank customers or on Breeze Hill Rd.  (Breeze Hill Rd. parking is already generally full with parked vehicles on both sides from tenants/friends/families of Charlemont and Avalon).  Since the apartment plan is for multi-family living, it is reasonable to assume they will also be multi-vehicle families and there is no confirmation that the 169 tenant-designated parking spaces plus the 28 guest spaces will be sufficient.
I also questioned the width of the planned tenant/guest spaces but I don’t believe Silvergate responded. Spaces that are too narrow encourage door dings and tenant discontent.
3.  SAFETY – Street parking will become further congested under this plan.  When vehicles are parked on both sides of Breeze Hill Rd., the width of the thoroughfare is nominally reduced by twelve feet (more if large trucks or moving vans are present), thereby narrowing the free space between vehicles passing in opposite directions and causing blind spots for pedestrians.  Also, although the posted speed limit on Breeze Hill Rd. is 25 MPH, few drivers observe this limit.  Limited visibility, unsafe vehicle speeds and restricted road space that may prevent accident avoidance are threats to the growing young families with young children in this neighborhood.
4.  WATER– Although Silvergate is to be commended for proposing water-saving drip irrigation for the apartment complex landscaping, human beings cannot be drip-irrigated.  The USGS states that a person uses 80 – 100 gallons of water per day (http://water.usgs.gov/edu/qa-home-percapita.html).  Therefore, if we conservatively assume 200 tenants at the Breeze Hill Apartments, that’s an additional 16,000 to 20,000 additional gallons of water per day (up to 7.3 million gallons/year) that VID will have to provide.  California is in its fourth year of drought.  The outside water feature built into this new Civic Center building is dry, no doubt due to this situation.  Although we may benefit from a coming El Niño, there is no guarantee of its arrival. And even with the Carlsbad Desalination Plant scheduled to produce 50 million gallons of fresh water per day, this only represents about 10% of the area’s need. If and when it comes online (later this year?), it will pump to seven county reservoirs, where it will support manufacturing and our growing biotech industry in addition to some residents.
5.  DESIGN– Silver gate’s own website states that, “Silvergate strategically targets multi-family sites in Southern California to develop its highly-efficient, for-rent multi-family product…Our product is designed to be incredibly efficient. Approximately 94% of each building is leasable space…” (http://www.silvergatedevelopment.com/product.html).  Perhaps that is why the architectural plan looks so strange and out of place according to members of the Commission and neighborhood attendees.
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