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Oceanside City Council Narrowly Approves Controversial Housing Development

A sign on the edge of the land in Oceanside where the North River Farms devel...

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Above: A sign on the edge of the land in Oceanside where the North River Farms development is proposed, May 23, 2019.

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By a 3-2 vote, the Oceanside City Council on Wednesday night narrowly approved a controversial housing development on some of the city's last agricultural land.

Aired: November 7, 2019 | Transcript

It had been rejected three times by the Oceanside Planning Commission, but the Oceanside City Council on Wednesday approved the North River Farms development. The housing and mixed-use development will be built in the Morro Hills area, which is currently open agricultural land.

The meeting lasted several hours and it was contentious. It was standing room only in council chambers. Most of the 97 people who spoke opposed the project. About a third of the people supported the project. They wore green tee shirts and held signs, both of which were provided by the developer, Integral Communities.

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The San Diego Union-Tribune reported that most of those supporters are not Oceanside residents and were bused into Oceanside for the meeting.

Phil Diehl, who covers North County for the Union-Tribune, joined Midday Edition Thursday to discuss what comes next.

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