5/3/2013 - News
Update on Doubletree, NBC Channel 7 News Report
On Friday, May 3rd, the Action Group
received a call from Artie Ojeda, Channel 7 News, about the
Doubletree and asking for our comments. The CEO of the Laurus Corp.
told him that their ideal plan is to repurpose the golf course
with 400 residential units, parks & trails. Pam Logemann agreed
to an on camera interview. Here is a link to the video report
from Channel 7 if you missed it.
On-Air video - Doubletree
PQ-NE Action Group board wants to
represent all our neighbors regarding this new land development
plan in OUR neighborhood. Please like the
PQ- NE Action Group's Facebook Page to share your feelings.
4/4/2013 - Brief
update regarding the Rancho Penasquitos Planning Board Land Use
Committee Meeting last night where Doubletree's Owners spoke.
The CEO of the Laurus Corporation came to
introduce himself and his manger and to talk about "re-purposing
the resort" especially the golf course which is losing $500,000
a year. He reported that they are finalizing financing of the
resort $10M renovations for the lobby, rooms, landscape and
sports facility. It was asked if they would update the tennis
courts and he said no. They will not invest in the golf course
either as that is losing money. They didn't present a plan on
what they are planning and said they just wanted to introduce
the fact that they are looking at several options for the
property. This was met with caution notices from Board Members
Joost Bende and Jeanine Politte as they advised them to review
all the information they could get from the 2007 plans that the
previous owner tried to do with the golf course (build 200
homes) and the community's response. The Planning Board members
all asked them very good questions and then the floor was open
for the community. Approximately 5 people asked questions of the
CEO at that time.
The Community Plan calls for the golf
course to be community open space so if they wanted to do
something else with the property they would have to ask our
Planning Board to approve an amendment to develop that property.
Then they would go downtown to the Planning Commission to start
the process. It is a long process but we must stay vigilant and
make sure we are attending all Planning Board meetings where
they will present information. It is up to us to voice our
opinions, concern, etc. to their plans before they go down to
* Reported by Pam Logemann on our
5/14/13: Brief explanation of how
this project should move through review process
- The owner/developer would need to initiate a
Community Plan amendment to change the use or designation of
their property. They would need to apply for a Site Development
permit and present plans to be reviewed by City Staff who will
determine what environmental reports/studies will be required.
This process can have multiple cycles of review. During this
time, RPPB will have opportunities to review the plans, DSD
cycle reports, and the applicant will make presentations to the
local community via RPPB meetings. This is a long process and it
will provide many opportunities for community input at the local
planning board level. RPPB will provide a recommendation on the
project as an advisory body to City Council. The project and
plan amendment would also need approval by the Planning
Commission and City Council, giving us additional opportunity to
have our voices heard if it moves forward.