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RMWD approves joint agreement to improve Golf Green Estates

The Rainbow Municipal Water District (RMWD) approved a joint agreement for the improvement of the future Golf Green Estates development.

The new agreement was approved on a 5-0 Rainbow board vote May 24. "That's a pretty standard development agreement that we do," said Rainbow general manager Tom Kennedy.

In March 2013, the county's Planning Commission approved the Golf Green Estates tentative parcel map and site plan, which subdivides 29 acres into 94 residential lots and eight homeowners' association lots. Decomposed granite pathways along Old River Road and Camino Del Rey will be constructed to provide internal connections and to connect the project to Bonsall Elementary School.

The ownership's representatives have been working with the county to process the final map. The county's requirements include a joint use agreement with Rainbow, the Bonsall school district, and SDG&E, which stipulates that if any entity needs to perform improvements or alterations that entity will fund the cost of the improvements or alterations and any necessary rearrangement or relocations of facilities.

A joint use agreement with the County of San Diego, the Bonsall Unified School District, SDG&E, and the ownership of Golf Green Estates which focused on utility rights was approved by the Rainbow board in July 2015.

Rainbow has an existing easement which crosses a future public right-of-way the project will dedicate, and the county requires that its future right-of-way be free of any existing encumbrances. The easement is for an existing sewer line near Old River Road and the future Calle de Las Estrallas. Rainbow will maintain utility rights for the portion which will be in the county right-of-way.

The new agreement is between Rainbow, the County of San Diego, and the project ownership, and focuses on water and sewer infrastructure which will be provided by the developer to serve the project as well as realignment of existing facilities.

"They had to relocate a sewer line in one area that they need to excavate," said Kennedy.

The on-site improvements will include approximately 5,475 feet of water main and 4,618 feet of sewer main. The joint agreement will allow for a $1,543,800 performance bond to ensure completion of those improvements, and a labor and materials bond will ensure that payment is made for labor and materials used for the placement of the infrastructure.

The agreement does not cover capacity fees. Rainbow expects to receive approximately $3.7 million from water and wastewater capacity fees, which are charged to developers to cover the new development's share of existing infrastructure.

Because the County of San Diego is also a party in the improvement agreement, that agreement will be considered by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors as part of the approval of the project's final map. The county supervisors are expected to hear the proposed final map and improvement agreement this summer.


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