Now that The Farm in Poway has been approved, what are the next steps?
The first step will be to clear the overgrown vegetation from the property. Once that is complete we will begin work demolition the old buildings. Work will begin immediately on final engineering and construction documents to obtain building permits. We anticipate having permits and being able to break group in mid-2021.
How will this project fit in with the existing community?
The Farm in Poway has been carefully designed to be compatible with the surrounding community. The density of the residential areas is consistent with the density of homes in the surrounding neighborhoods. Conservation open space is a key feature in the community’s design. Not only does the open space provide a buffer between existing homes and new residences, it will create beautiful view corridors to the community and surrounding mountains and offer the opportunity for residents and neighbors to experience “life on the farm” surrounded by community and specialty gardens.
What size homes are planned? How many?
The project includes a total of 160 homes. Housing types include:
What do you anticipate pricing to be on the proposed homes?
The homes would not be delivered to market for several years, so the projected pricing is not known at this time. If the homes were for sale in today’s market, we would anticipate sales prices ranging from $800,000 to $1.4 million.
How long will it take for The Farm in Poway to be completed once it has been approved?
The Farm in Poway will take approximately three years to build out completely, but we anticipate that the first homes could be available by the end of 2022.
Will there be CC&R’S and deed restrictions? Who will administer the CC&R’S and deed restrictions?
Yes, there will be both CC&Rs and deed restrictions. The deed restrictions on Open Space and Residential land will prevent any change to these land uses and any increases in residential density. These will be administered by the Homeowners Association (for residential properties) and the Master Community Association (for non-residential properties).
What amenities will there be at The Farm in Poway?
The Farm in Poway will create a welcoming neighborhood that reflects Poway’s rural appeal with amenities for all Poway residents to enjoy. The community will replace the former private golf course with more than 70 acres of publicly accessible recreational and conservation open space and amenities.
What kinds of events and performances would happen at the amphitheatre?
The amphitheater in The Meadow is designed for acoustic weekend concerts, family picnics and neighborhood gatherings of 200 or so people. Some typical events might be a summer acoustic music series, children’s performances or movies in the park.
Why a butterfly farm?
The Butterfly Farms, currently located in Encinitas, is a California nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to education, conservation and research on butterflies as important pollinators that are crucial to both our native habitats and our agricultural health. They expressed their desire to expand and have a location at The Farm in Poway. It is a perfect fit with the conservation and agricultural vision of the community.
The Butterfly Farm is more than just a place for kids to visit. It is a research center that studies the host and nectar plant relationships of pollinators using the Monarch Butterfly as a model. They study the metamorphosis process, the interaction of native butterflies in a unique ecosystem and plants important to the biology of our pollinators. This includes growing plants and raising native butterflies.
The Butterfly Farms will also offer educational tours and will sell a wide selection of native plants that are grown without pesticides. This facility could also benefit local hospice and senior groups.
What amenities in the project are open to the public and what is private?
All amenities, with the exception of the community gardens and the agricultural fields, will be open to the public.
Who will operate and maintain these amenities?
The operation and maintenance of these amenities will vary. Some facilities will be managed by the HOA while others will be privately managed. The Barn, The Social, The Butterfly Farm and The Club will be privately operated and open to the public. The facilities in The Meadow (amphitheater, dog park, picnic pavilions) and the trails will be owned and operated by the HOA and open to the public. The community gardens will be owned by the HOA.
How can we be sure the community gardens will be maintained and will be visually appealing?
The Specific Plan includes a requirement that the community gardens be professionally managed. The developer has engaged Farmscape, a company that specializes in designing and managing community farms and gardens, to manage community gardens at The Farm in Poway.
What is the agriculture proposed for the community?
The operator of the agriculture fields will be Dos Gringos Flowers, a north San Diego County company who plans to grow flowers and ornamental plants used in floral bouquets. The Specific Plan does allow for other types of agriculture to allow for future operators to lease the farmland in the event that the current operator is no longer available.
How is the open space guaranteed in perpetuity?
The open space areas will be guaranteed in perpetuity in three ways:
Where will the main entrance of the Farm be?
The main entrance to The Farm in Poway is located at the south end of the property off Espola Road at Martincoit Road.
Will the project make improvements on Espola Road?
The area of Espola Road that fronts The Farm in Poway will be significantly improved. The project will underground utilities, landscape the entire frontage and install an 8-foot sidewalk and a pedestrian/bicycle trail. All told, these improvements will result in a 75-foot buffer between Espola Road and the new development.
With the extensive auto/bike/pedestrian improvements, who will fund the improvements?
All of the transportation improvements will be paid for and implemented by the developer at no cost to taxpayers.
What about parking for people attending the public spaces?
All public spaces and amenities have dedicated parking areas. The number of parking spaces planned exceeds requirements established by the City of Poway by 240 spaces.
What exactly is the smart metering of the traffic signals on Pomerado and Stone Canyon Rd. meant to accomplish? How does this system deter from people using short cuts?
“Smart” signals are proposed along the Espola Road corridor to improve traffic flow. “Smart” traffic signals communicate with each other and dynamically adjust signal timings, memorize traffic patterns, improve traffic flow and reduce vehicle stops. Espola Road is expected to see improved travel times and thus, cut-through travel routes would be less desirable. Traffic engineers estimate that it will improve traffic flow by 14-17% over existing conditions.
Where will students that live at The Farm in Poway go to school?
Students living at The Farm in Poway will attend Chapparal Elementary School, Twin Peaks Middle School, and Poway High School. The Poway Unified School District has confirmed that they can accommodate the students that will come from this new community.
Will the project incorporate solar energy?
The Farm in Poway was designed with environmental sustainability as a top priority and all buildings in the community will incorporate solar energy sources.