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Supervisors approve time extensions for Sycamore Ranch, Shadow Ridge

The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 April 27 to extend the performance completion date for the infrastructure of seven subdivision maps, including the Sycamore Ranch development and two Shadow Ridge tracts.

The infrastructure now must be completed by April 27, 2018, unless an additional time extension is approved. The agreements cover completion of road, water, sewer, and other infrastructure improvements but do not require completion of the homes or other lot improvements themselves.

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. 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 first two-year time extension may be approved administratively, although subsequent time extensions require board of supervisors approval. If an application for a time extension is filed prior to its expiration, the owner is not in default if the extension is granted.

The Sycamore Ranch subdivision consists of 56 residential lots and a golf course lot on 173.65 acres. A 1977 approval of a tentative map allowed for the initiation of grading and construction, and in November 1980 the board of supervisors approved a subdivision map along with a secured agreement. The last major uncompleted portion of the project is the extension of Knottwood Way from approximately 300 feet from Genista Place to the western end of the project boundary. That westerly extension of Knottwood Way includes a bridge crossing over Adler Creek and the associated permits. The permits have been acquired, so a two-year extension will allow for the final improvements to be completed.

The Shadow Ridge tracts are in the vicinity of Stage Coach Lane and Gum Tree Lane. A 69.98-acre tract includes 40 residential lots and six open space lots while the 35.53-acre tract covers 61 residential lots and four open space lots. Grading and construction for both tracts began in 2005.

The project conditions included improvements to Stage Coach Lane and Gum Tree Lane, and that road work necessitates vacating easements on portions of the county-maintained road. The time extension will allow for the easement vacation process to be completed.

 

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