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South Vista Communities April Newsletter

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Preliminary Review of Proposed General Plan
Amendment and Zone Change at 650 Sycamore

The owners of the former Burlington site, the Charles Company, at Shadowridge/Sycamore have submitted a request for change of the General Plan and zoning from Commercial to Mixed Use. This
preliminary proposal is scheduled for discussion at City Council on April 13.It is important that you let Council members know your opinion about this project. The total site is about 8.3 acres in size.

According to the conceptual plan, all existing structures would be razed. A 3,000 sq. ft. commercial space would be constructed near the existing driveway from Shadowridge. The conceptual plan includes 217 apartments in four buildings and 39 townhome units in five buildings (256 total, all three-story). The staff report and preliminary design will be available to the public the week before the Council meeting. SVC feels strongly that this project is too large and too dense for this location.

 Vista is currently meeting all requirements for the Regional Housing Needs Alliance — does
not need this project.
 The Sycamore/Shadowridge intersection, and extending to the SR 78 on– and off-ramps, is
already congested — this project would in-crease congestion immensely.
 It is not hard to envision this increased traffic extending into the surrounding neighborhoods
as drivers cut through, trying to avoid the increased traffic.
 Sufficient parking for all these residents and their visitors would be difficult to provide with this number of residential units. We have already seen the negative impacts of insufficient parking in neighborhoods adjacent to Breeze Hill Road.
Check the preliminary design and staff report the week before the City Council meeting — April 13 — and let Council members know this project is too much, too dense.

Or email your Council members at –

  • Mayor Judy Ritter jritter@ci.vista.ca.us
  • Corinna Contreras ccontreras@cityofvista.com
  • John Franklin jfranklin@cityofvista.com
  • Joe Green jgreen@cityofvista.com
  • Katie Melendez kmelendez@cityofvista.com

Some of South Vista neighborhoods have started a new waste collection program with EDCO to include
household organic waste in the green yard waste bins.
The City of Vista recently sent out a letter informing us that a public hearing would be held on Tuesday, April 27, at 5:30 p.m. regarding a waste collection rate increase. A copy of the letter is attached with this email. Information is also available at https://www.cityofvista.com/city-services/citydepartments/public-works/organic-wastereduction/rate-adjustment


In addition to all the trash that has to be picked up in our community, a major concern is the plastic trash that pollutes our oceans and waterways. On March 9, Janis Jones, Surfrider SD, and Brady Bradshaw, Oceana So Cal, were invited by
Council member Corinna Contreras to present information about a proposed ordinance to ban single-use plastics in Vista to the Council. City Council members discussed the following:
 A “reduction ordinance” will be more well receivedthan a ban
 Need to create policies that change behavior without being a burden on the community
 If consumers ask for changes, businesses are more likely to listen
 The City should develop a best practices bulletin for businesses
 Need to communicate more with businesses re- concerns about new regulations
 The City of Oceanside’s draft ordinance appears to be a good model of a “phase out” approach
Council member Contreras made a motion, seconded by Council member Melendez, to bring an
ordinance back before July to include phase-out of polystyrene, require consumer request for single-use
plastics, phase-out policy for single-use plastics, implementation of strategies at City facilities, and ways to make it more fun. Substitute motion by Council member Green, seconded by Council member Franklin, to direct staff
to bring more information and options as soon as possible for development of an ordinance for consideration prior to July. The motion passed unanimously.

Let’s watch for the new proposal for this important step to control plastics pollution.

Again this spring we won’t be able to do the cleanup together — but JOIN US for the virtual event! The 19th Annual Creek to Bay Cleanup event is scheduled for Saturday, April 24, 2021, hosted by @ILoveACleanSD and will take place remotely.

Register to join I Love A Clean San Diego and be a part of one of the largest single‐day environmental ac‐Ɵon events. Contact Leila Sadrieh at LSadrieh@cityofvista.com or 760‐643‐5433 with any quesƟons. AddiƟonal informaƟon available at www.CreektoBay.org.


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