5/3/2017 - 33North received approval on
May 3, 2017 from the Rancho Peñasquitos Planning Board to Initiate a Community
Plan Amendment; vote was 11 in favor - 4 opposed. Next step - to go before
the San Diego Planning Commission requesting approval of the Initiation. That
will allow the City to begin evaluating environmental impacts that would be
caused by developing the golf course for the alternative use proposed by
33North. In the meantime, you can keep tabs on the Planning Commission's agendas
https://www.sandiego.gov/planning-commission/documents/agenda for the
Initiation. Commission meetings are public meetings and the public is encouraged
to attend and speak. There are speaker slips that you will need to fill out to
voice your opinion on the proposed Initiation to Amend the Rancho Peñasquitos
4/5/2017 - 33North Development has
asked to be on the Rancho Peñasquitos Planning Board's Land Use Committee (LUC)
Meeting agenda on April 5th at 6:30pm in the Del Mar Room (Sandpiper). Per the Comittee Chair, they will be presenting
the materials they shared at the Open House on March 15th. The community will
have a chance to ask questions and voice their opinion on 33North's vision for
the golf course property.
3/23/2017 - 33 NORTH RELEASE
THEIR PLANS FOR THE FORMER DOUBLE TREE GOLF COURSE PROPERTY
33 North hosted an
open house at the Hotel Karlan on March 15th to unveil their preliminary plans
for the former Double Tree golf course property. Although not much detail was
provided, their vision centered around a 55+ age qualified community of up to
570 single and two-story homes. PQ-NE ACTION GROUP IS FIRMLY OPPOSED TO THIS
View the plans:
The draft proposal
provided only one way out of the development; all traffic would be dumped on to
Penasquitos Drive at Janal Way via a traffic light from the development on a new
road that would replace the current tennis courts. In addition, 33 North is
proposing access into this new community from a new road that would be
constructed between the 15 freeway off-ramp and Penasquitos Drive directly off
Carmel Mountain Road.
This plan could have
a devastating effect on our community and we have serious concerns regarding
public safety. Remember the traffic jams during the evacuation of the 2007 Witch
Fire? Now consider an emergency scenario with an additional 570 households from
this development, an additional 300 households (for a total of 600 households)
from the new Villages development proposal, and the additional units at Cresta
Bella all trying to leave the neighborhood at the same time! It would also have
a dramatic effect on your daily commute. The currently proposed two projects for
North Penasquitos would increase the total number of privately owned homes/townhomes
in the North Penasquitos by approximately 57%!
THESE PLANS ARE NOT
APPROVED AND WE DO HAVE A VOICE! It’s time to get involved!
-Make a public
comment! The RP Planning Board meets at 7:30pm April 5, just fill out a speaker
card at the start of the meeting and voice your concerns.
- Contact your City
Council person Mark Kersey: (619) 236-6655
- Make a
tax-deductible donation NOW to help cover any potential legal costs that could
be incurred in order to fight a developer with deep pockets:
- Purchase a yard
sign for $50 to show your support.
3/15/2017 - COMMUNITY OPEN HOUSE hosted by 33North Development
4:00pm - 8:00pm at Hotel Karlan (Doubletree) 14455 Peñasquitos Drive San Diego, CA 92129
Printable Letter sent to neighbors by 33 North Development.
33 North Development says their preliminary conceptual vision is for a new
age-qualified (55+) residential neighborhood of primarily single-story homes
that incorporates community benefits for the entire Glens neighborhood.
THANK YOU ~
The PQ-NE Action Group would like to thank the community for attending our
presentation on 9/28/16. We had over 150 neighbors in attendance to learn about
the mission of PQ-NE and the history of our Community Plan. We appreciate the
thoughtful questions and comments about what can be done to ensure that no new
amendments are approved for our Community Plan which would allow development of
our open space. Special thanks to the current Rancho Peñasquitos Planning board
members Jeanine Politte and Jon Becker as well as past board member Joost Bende
for taking the time to answer the questions about the RP planning board and the
impact of redevelopment on our community.
Please mark your calendars to attend the next
RP Planning Board meeting October 5 and voice your concerns during the public
If you are considering representing our
community on the RP Planning board for the District 1 seat, the election
requirement is documented attendance at three meetings prior to the conclusion
of the February 2017 meeting.
9/28/2016 - 7PM
- ROLLING HILLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL MULTIPURPOSE ROOM
The PQ-NE Action Group will make a
presentation to the Community to educate everyone on the history of our
Community Plan. The Golf Course property is deemed designated OPEN SPACE in
our Community Plan and we want to KEEP IT THAT WAY!
We will develop an ACTION PLAN with the
Community to FIGHT the new GOLF COURSE OWNERS (33North Development Group)
and make sure there are NO APPROVED AMENDMENTS to OUR Community Plan to
allow development of OUR OPEN SPACE!
Yard signs will be available for purchase
for $30 at this meeting! Buy a sign and let your Neighbors know what is
happening! We all need to work together to defeat the 3rd owner of this
property who has wanted to build homes on OUR OPEN SPACE! We have won TWICE
and can do it AGAIN as a COMMUNITY!
Questions: Contact Cindy Krask at
email@example.com and/or Pam
Logemann at PamL@bio-imaging.net
New Homes Are Planned After $14.5M Purchase of Former Golf Course (article posted on SDBJ website 7/29/2016) More info about the new owner of
the golf course property and their plans to redevelop the land. If the title has
indeed transferred to the new owner, it will show up on the County tax records.
Here we go again.... Remember, the owner has to initiate a Community Plan
amendment, which the planning board can deny.
Community Plan amendment initiation process and criteria.
7/6/2016 - Doubletree Resort Owners have engaged a new development partner, but
no project has been presented as of July 6, 2016 RPPB Meeting.
At the May 4, 2016 Rancho Penasquitos
Planning Board meeting it was announced that Laurus Corp (owners of the golf
course) have a new development partner: 33 North Development Group, LLC. Board
members John Becker and Thom Clark revealed that they had met privately with 33
North Development in which the development company was looking to the planning
board members to give them insight into the best way to approach the board and
the community with any new plans. The board members suggested that the developer
work through the Land Use Subcommittee.
If Laurus Corp wants to develop the land they
will be required to initiate an amendment to the PQ Community Plan which would
need to be approved by the PQ Planning Board in order to begin the review
process of any proposed redevelopment of the golf course. The PQ Community Plan
recommends that the golf course be PRESERVED as a unifying open space element
and buffer from the freeway.
Doubletree Resort Golf Course closed the end of March 2015.
Over the past few weeks, fencing has gone up
around the golf course. If you believe the fencing is on your property, you can
call the Hotel and ask to speak with management or contact the Laurus Corp, or
file a complaint with Code Enforcement via the City website.
It was reported at the RPPB meeting on May
6th, that the Laurus Corporation has been in discussions with Shopoff Realty
Investments about developing the golf course.
Doubletree Resort Golf Course WILL CLOSE FOR GOOD at the close of business on
March 31, 2015
The Rancho Peñasquitos Planning Board sent
out an email today containing a Dear Neighbor letter and a fact sheet sent by
the Laurus Corporation outlining their plans to close the Doubletree golf course
on March 31, 2015.
Doubletree may be closing the Golf Course by March 31st.
The following was reported at the most recent
RPPB meeting on 12/3/2014: Laurus Corp representatives informed the Chair and
Vice-Chair of RPPB that they will not participate in the Ad-Hoc Committee
meetings until the golf course is closed which could happen before March 31st.
Without their participation, the ad-hoc committee meetings have been canceled
indefinitely and may take on a different look if and when the ownership decides
to engage RPPB and the community in the future.
As of 12/11/2014, resort staff confirmed the
last scheduled golf tournament is on January 19th. It has also been mentioned
that the course may change their schedule to offer only Thursday - Sunday tee
times until the course is closed.
There has been no direct communication with
the community, the golf course's neighbors, who will be impacted by this new
We've also prepared a sample letter that you
can use and/or modify with your concerns and send/email to our City Council
members Mark Kersey and Chris Cate who represent Rancho Peñasquitos. Feel free
to send to the Mayor and other Council Representatives also.
Please share this with your neighbors and
Sample Letter (Word format)
Outlook Email message in zip file
If you would like a copy of the letter in
another format, please email us and let us know.
10/16/2014 - At the 9/16/14 ad-hoc committee meeting, Damon Gascon
with the Lewis Operating Corporation mentioned an HBO Sports program with
Bryant Gumbel on a declining golf industry. So, here are a couple of golf
industry related links you might want to take a look at:
Has Golf's demise been greatly exaggerated?
By Mike Stachura, Golf
Digest, 7/30/2014 (pdf
Real Sports with
Bryant Gumbel: Web Clip - The Downturn in the Golf Industry (HBO Sports)
San Diego Park and Recreation is making a profit operating 3 municipal golf
Check out their website for the more info and then go over to the
Municipal Golf Committee page & check out the Committee's reports near
Doubletree Update Presentation at RPPB on 6/25/2014
Last night Ms. Maureen Cohen from the Laurus
Corporation (owners of the Doubletree) made a presentation to the Rancho
Penasquitos Planning Board at 6pm at the Land Use Committee and at 7:30pm to the
full Board meeting. Ms. Cohen started out by telling us that they are going to
remodel/update the hotel and showed us sketches and color boards for the various
areas of the hotel including Mulligan’s, the restaurant, front lobby, guest
rooms etc. The remodel will include landscaping and both pools will be
refinished and will have new furniture. Left out of the remodel is the Fitness
Center and the tennis courts. She said that they are still looking at those
areas. She stated that all supplies/finishes/furniture have been ordered and the
remodel will start in September 2014 and take 4 – 5 months. She then informed us
that the golf course will be shut down in 9 – 12 months. They told us that it is
losing $500,000 a year and it would take nearly $5 million to “fix” what is
wrong with it. They also stated that this golf course is only 112 acres and most
new golf courses today are around 140 acres and that even if they “fixed” the
golf course the market for golfing is declining in the U.S. and they don’t
believe that they can make a profit on the golf course and pro shop.
Ms. Cohen then introduced Mr. Damon Gascon
from Lewis Operating Corp. whom they have hired to look into how best to
repurpose/develop the golf course land. They want to create a sub-committee
(within the PQ Planning Board) which would include PQ Planning Board members and
members of the community to discuss potential options for redeveloping the golf
course. A sign up sheet was sent around to those attending the 7:30pm meeting to
sign up for the committee. Mr. Gascon was asked if their plan was to put houses
on the golf course land and both he and Ms. Maureen Cohen stated that there are
no definite plans, but that is an option and that they want what will benefit
both the community and the Hotel. Considering that the Lewis Operating Corp’s
main business is to develop Planned Communities, Apartment Complexes and Retail
developments, it is likely that home/mixed use facilities are desired (see
description of the company below). They assured us that they know about the
previous owner’s attempts to redevelop the golf course and that they are not
going to make the same mistakes that they made and that they will listen to what
the community wants.
The PQ-NE Action Group Board members and
other neighbors were at the 6pm Land Use meeting as well as the 7:30pm full RPPB
meeting last night. Many people spoke about the issues in developing the golf
course as it is a designated open space in our community plan which was last
updated in 1993. Many people spoke and let them know that they don’t want the
land developed and don’t want the golf course closed. Concern was expressed on
how they are going to maintain the golf course after it closed, etc. and we were
told that there would be a detailed “wind-down” plan for the closure that they
will share at a later date. They want to put a committee together over the next
2 months and meet to discuss what may be beneficial in the development of the
land to the community and the owners. If you would like to be part of that
committee please e-mail Jeanine Politte (Doubletree Subcommittee Chair for RPPB)
at firstname.lastname@example.org. (1/1/2016
- Committee has been disbanded when the development team decided to discontinue
The Doubletree owner & Lewis Operating Corp.
will have to develop a plan for the property and go to the Rancho Penasquitos
Planning Board and ask for a community plan amendment to develop on the golf
course. It will probably take at least 1 year before they could develop a plan
to start those discussions. The Planning Board meetings are on the 1st Wednesday
every month at 7:30pm at the Doubletree except July and August when they take a
vacation. For timely future updates please e-mail
email@example.com and ask to be
added to the RPPB e-mail list and to the PQ-NE Action Group e-mail list. You can
add yourself to the PQ-NE Action Group's email list at
http://savepq.org/emailsubscriptions.html or like our Facebook page at
The Rancho Peñasquitos Planning Board is dark
(no meetings) for July and August so we expect the Laurus Corporation and Lewis
Operating Corp. to come back to the board when they meet in September. Please
read all Agenda’s for the monthly RPPB meetings and attend as many meetings as
you can to give input.
Laurus Corporation is a private real estate investment and development
firm established in 1999 to acquire and reposition real estate assets. Its
cycle-tested professionals have over $3 billion in real estate transaction and
development service experience with a primary focus on the acquisition of
fee-simple hospitality, office, retail, and multifamily / residential,
properties. These properties are expected to have positive fundamentals in
compelling locations. Laurus’ experience and expertise is in complex distressed
debt (NPN), sub-performing and bank owned assets (REO) mitigation, acquisition
Lewis Operating Corp., a real estate development company, engages in the
acquisition, ownership, development, and management of residential and
commercial real estate projects. It develops mixed-use planned communities and
residential apartments; and builds and owns rental communities, shopping
centers, office parks, and industrial buildings in California, Nevada, Arizona,
and Utah. The company also provides residential land development services for
homebuilders. Its projects include homes and apartments; and retail, office, and
industrial buildings. The company was founded in 1955 and is based in Upland,
California with regional offices in Sacramento, California; and Las Vegas and
Doubletree Resort to make presentations at RPPB Meetings on 6/25/14
The Doubletree's owner, The Laurus
Corporation, will be making a presentation at the Rancho Peñasquitos Planning
Board meetings, both the Land Use Committee at 6:00pm and Regular Meeting at
7:30pm on June 25, 2014. The meetings will be held at the Doubletree in the El
Dorado Room (14455 Peñasquitos Drive, San Diego 92129).
It is our understanding that they will give
an update (Information Only) on their plans for the Hotel and Golf Course. We do
not have any specifics on their presentation, but we hope that many of our
neighbors will be able to attend either or both of the meetings. Their
presentation should be very similar at both meetings.
5/14/2013 - 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.
Criteria that must
be met to initiate a community plan amendment and the initiation process.
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.
Brief update regarding the Rancho Peñasquitos 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 the
* Reported by Pam Logemann on our
* If you would like to be added to
RPPB's email distribution list - email your request to
NEW Ownership Details -
Massachusetts Mutual Insurance Company's subsidiary Cornerstone Real
Estate Advisors have sold the Doubletree Golf Resort. The new owner
is SD Golf Resort Partners LLC a subsidiary of Los Angeles-based Laurus Corp. The Hilton/Doubletree will continue to run the operation for them.
More info on the sale.
We will keep you
informed of any proposed upgrades or use changes proposed for this
This will be your
opportunity to view their plans and ask questions before they decide
whether to move forward.