City of Vista On-Call Cultural Resource Services
HELIX Environmental Planning (HELIX) is providing cultural resource studies for a variety of projects and archaeological consulting services under an as-needed contract with the City of Vista. HELIX is responsible for conducting surveys, testing/assessments, monitoring, archaeological lab work, historical resource studies, structure evaluations, Native American consultation, and report preparation.
Under this contract, HELIX conducted a cultural resources survey and testing program for the proposed Vista Vineyards residential development in the City of Vista. The project is located along Buena Vista Creek, in an area that is culturally sensitive to the Luiseño people, and two archaeological sites within the project had previously been assessed as significant cultural resources. HELIX’s aim of the cultural resources study was to supplement the previous testing work, to guide the data recovery program at one site and to develop a preservation plan for the second site. In addition, the project included a historic study to provide the context and framework for recording a historic archaeological site associated with a significant pioneering family in Vista. Due to the project’s location and the known significant cultural resources, the cultural resources study included outreach and coordination with the Luiseño community.