Tuesday, February 2, 2010
A small community planning group in San Diego’s backcountry will host a meeting tonight about a very large development proposal. A land owner is taking initial steps to explore options for the last remaining undeveloped Spanish land grant in California.
The Guejito Ranch covers more than 20,000 acres of pristine grass and woodland in the rolling hills west of the Cleveland National Forest.
Attorneys for the owners, the Coates family, will attend the Pala/Pauma community planning group meeting tonight to show maps of their proposals.
Joe Chisholm, chair of the planning group, says it’s not just important to his community.
“It’s hugely important for the whole region,” he said. “It’s the last remaining Spanish land grant. It’s got this historical character and the environmental factors. It’s a lot of land, in fact I think that the community, let alone the neighbors, need to get their hands around just how big this is."
The preliminary proposal is to build 10,000 homes on about 6,000 acres at the south end of the property, north of the Wild Animal Park. The rest would be preserved.
San Diego County’s General Plan calls for a few hundred homes in that area.
The Pala/Pauma Community Planning Group meets at the Pauma Valley Community Center on Highway 76 at 6:30 p.m.