Originally published June 24, 2013 at 6 a.m., updated June 24, 2013 at 6:06 p.m.
San Diego County is preparing to release draft environmental documents on a proposal to build a new master planned community in the hills 16 miles north of Escondido.
A major new development is proposed for a rural area in Valley Center. The developer describes it as a sustainable, smart growth community. But opponents say Lilac Hills Ranch is zoned only for rural uses in the county's recently-adopted General Plan.
Opponents say the project would add thousands of cars to narrow, winding county roads in the area. The developer, Accretive Investments, Inc. described the plan as a “truly sustainable, smart growth community.”
The Valley Center Water District tentatively approved the project last week.
The public will have 45 days to comment on the draft environmental document once it is released.
The Draft EIR may not be released this week after all, but should be released within a month, according to a County spokesman.