A planned 31-home subdivision in Pauma Valley which was approved by the county’s Planning Commission will result in improvements to approximately 1,500 feet of State Route 76 in the vicinity of the project as well as fair share contributions for traffic signals at five intersections along Highway 76.
The Planning Commission’s 6-0 vote January 9, with Bryan Woods absent, approves a tentative map for the subdivision and adopts an environmental Mitigated Negative Declaration.
A tentative map becomes a final map once all the conditions of the tentative map are fulfilled (other than improvements for which a final map is required before permits can be issued), the San Diego County Board of Supervisors approves the final map and any secured agreements to provide the infrastructure, and the approved final map is recorded.
“We’ll get the map approved, but we still have to go through all the improvement plans,” said consultant Bill Darnell, who is serving as the project’s traffic engineer.
“We’ve got a lot of work to do to get permits from the wildlife agencies and get the final engineering done,” said attorney Cynthia Eldred, who is representing V/O Pauma Development, LP. “But the project is going to move forward.”
V/O Pauma Development, LP, owns a 48.31-acre parcel in the 15900 block of State Highway 76 which currently contains one single-family residence.
That home will remain on one of the subdivision lots, and the subdivision will create 31 single-family lots ranging between 1.0 and 4.95 acres along with one street lot and one open space lot.
The neighborhood will be served by a private road which will connect to Highway 76.
The property’s southern border is shared with the Pauma Valley Country Club golf course while the San Luis Rey River flows along the western border. Agricultural groves are to the north and east.
The conditions of the project include an agreement to improve State Route 76 along the project’s northeasterly boundary.
A left turn lane measuring at least 245 foot will be constructed, and a right turn deceleration lane from eastbound Highway 76 to the access road will measure at least 365 feet.
Additional pavement widening will include a shoulder along the project’s frontage south of the centerline, existing utility poles will be relocated, and guard rails and berms will be provided along Highway 76.
State Route 76 will be dedicated to public major road standards, including a designated bicycle lane, along the entire project frontage to a width of 59 feet from the centerline; additional slope and drainage rights will also be granted.
An easement ten feet wide at the toe of the slope will be provided for trail and slope maintenance purposes.
Because State Route 76 is under the jurisdiction of CalTrans, that agency’s cooperation will be needed for the road improvements and an encroachment permit will be required from CalTrans to construct the access road.
“It should be in the foreseeable future, but it will take a few years,” Eldred said.
Although the county’s Subdivision Ordinance requires that all new and existing utilities be undergrounded, a waiver was granted to allow existing overhead lines to remain, although some poles will need to be relocated and berms and guardrails will likely need to be constructed.
The utilities serving the site itself will be undergrounded.
V/O Pauma Development, LP, will also pay $2,650 as its fair share of a future traffic signal at Cole Grade Road and State Route 76, $1,300 as the project’s fair share for a future traffic signal at Pauma Valley Drive and State Route 76, $1,050 for the development’s fair share of a future traffic signal at Valley Center Road and State Route 76, $950 for the fair share of a signal at the Pauma Reservation access and Highway 76, and $600 as the fair share for a signal at Pala-Temecula Road and Highway 76.
The County of San Diego contributes financially to the construction of a signal at the intersection of a county road and a state highway, although CalTrans operates such signals after their installation.
An additional $1,550 will cover the fair share of a traffic signal at Miller Road and Cole Grade Road, and $1,300 will cover the project’s share for intersection improvements at Cool Valley Road and Cole Grade Road.
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