Ballots to be mailed Oct. 20 on planning phase for Rancho Santa Fe pool and health club facility


By Karen Billing

The Rancho Santa Fe Association board approved the language for the pool and health club vote, which will ask residents whether they would approve a $350,000 due diligence and planning effort for the proposed new facility. Ballots will be mailed on Oct. 20 and will be due back on Nov. 19.

Prior to the ballots being mailed there will be a community-wide meeting on the topic on Friday, Oct. 17, at 5:30 p.m. at the Rancho Santa Fe Golf Club.

At the Oct. 2 board meeting, RSF Association Director Heather Slosar announced that should Rancho Santa Fe residents approve the final plans for the pool and health club in a subsequent vote, residents Fred and Genta Luddy have agreed to fund 10 percent of the overall project costs.

Slosar said Fred Luddy recalled the community pool in the suburban town where he grew up and how much fun it was to go there with his friends.

“The Luddys see it as more than just a place to swim and exercise but a place to connect with friends and neighbors,” Slosar said. “He said we have so much in the Covenant but we are lacking a place for the community to come together, both old and young. The Luddy family supports the vision for a health club and pool and they want it to succeed.”

While there are ample funds available for this planning phase, the Association board members said they wanted to take it to an advisory vote in an effort to be more transparent.

When the ballots are mailed, the package will include an instructional letter as well as a set of frequently asked questions regarding the proposed plan. The health and pool committee has come up with the tentative plan for the facility, but it needs to undergo a professional planning phase with engineering analysis, architectural design, cost and financing studies.

Preliminary plans include a 15,000-square-foot building in between the RSF Golf Club’s players’ clubhouse and the RSF Tennis Club with areas for weights, yoga, cardio, lockers and casual dining. Plans also include an adult lap pool, a family pool with beach-type entry and a children’s splash pad.

Development is projected to cost around $9 to $11 million based on the committee’s initial work, however, the planning phase will better determine the cost of the project. Capital costs for the project are proposed to be funded through a combination of Covenant Enhancement Funds, pre-construction membership sales and financing at favorable rates.

Slosar said they will be looking into charitable contributions, such as the Luddys’, as a means of funding the facility.

The project will not raise Association dues or taxes.

More information as well as past pool and health club committee presentations can be found at