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Lilac Hills Project In North County Nears Public Comment Deadline

Evening Edition

Aired 7/24/14 on KPBS Midday Edition.

GUESTS:

Steven Huchinson, secretary for the Valley Center Community Planning Committee

Nancy Layne, a Valley Center resident selected by developer Accretive Investments Inc. to speak on behalf of the Lilac Hills Ranch project.

Transcript

Submit A Comment

The period to review and comment on the draft revised environmental impact report ends on Monday, July 28.

Review the report here.

Comments can be emailed to: Mark.Slovick@sdcounty.ca.gov.

Comments can be mailed to: San Diego County Department of Planning and Land Use, 5201 Ruffin Road, San Diego, CA 92123.

People who want to comment on a draft environmental impact report on the proposed Lilac Hills Ranch development in North County have until Monday to submit their opinions.

Usually, this kind of process and paperwork doesn't spark much interest. But this proposed housing development, in a semi-rural area north of Escondido, is causing some concern.

Critics say it violates the terms of San Diego County's general plan and strains the area's resources.

Supporters say it brings sustainable development and much-needed new housing.

Accretive Investments Inc., developers of the proposed Lilac Hills Ranch, want to build more than 1,700 homes on 608 acres between West Lilac Road and Rodriguez Road.

Of the 1,700 homes between Valley Center and Bonsall, more than half would be single-family detached homes. The development also would include senior housing and a memory-care facility, a fire station, a kindergarten-to-eighth-grade school, parks, a water reclamation facility, community and senior centers, commercial space and a hotel.

The Valley Center Community Planning Group voted unanimously Monday to oppose the project.

"There are pages and pages of significant impacts of the project based on where they're locating it," said Steven Huchinson, who chairs the group's Lilac Hills Ranch Subcommittee. "Bottom line is, if the county wants to accommodate 5,000 people, there are probably many better places to do it than this location."

Nancy Layne, a Valley Center resident who developer Accretive chose to speak in support of the project, said she welcomes the development.

She said she believes the project will be built well and create a cohesive project. "This one has walking paths and a center for the elderly," Layne said.

She said she thinks of it as a place where her kids can live, and a place where she and her husband can live as they get older.

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