Proponent, Opponent Discuss Revived Lilac Hills Ranch Development

Monday, February 26, 2018
By Marissa Cabrera, Maureen Cavanaugh
Photo by Katie Schoolov / KPBS
Above: A view of the Valley Center countryside where the Lilac Hills Ranch was planned, with 1,700 homes. The project was not consistent with San Diego County's General Plan for growth, and Measure B on the November ballot failed.

San Diego voters might have thought they had heard the end of the Lilac Hills Ranch development when they defeated the plan in 2016.

But now an updated version of the project is back.

Lilac Hills Ranch still calls for more than 1,700 new homes in an area near Valley Center zoned for 100. But developers say this proposal incorporates all the conditions county planners originally requested and will help ease San Diego’s critical housing shortage.

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Jon Rilling, project manager with Ranch Capital and part of the new development team behind the project, and resident Steve Hutchinson, who opposes the proposal, discuss the latest version of the controversial development Monday on Midday Edition.