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Poway Voters Pass Measure P Which Could Decide Fate Of Defunct Poway Country Club

Broken windows, trash and grafitti cover much of the building at the abandoned StoneRidge Country Club in Poway, Oct. 14, 2020.
Jacob Aere
Broken windows, trash and grafitti cover much of the building at the abandoned StoneRidge Country Club in Poway, Oct. 14, 2020.
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UPDATE: 5:37 p.m., Nov.5, 2020:

Poway voters passed Measure P which which would decide the fate of the defunct StoneRidge Country Club.

StoneRidge used to offer a golf course and plush country club building, but now the property mostly features overgrown plants, shattered windows and graffitied walls.

Measure P would put a maximum of 160 homes on the property, in a development called “The Farm.” It will also include a minimum of 70.4 acres of permanent open space.

UPDATE: 9:15 p.m., Nov.3, 2020:

Poway voters appear to show early support for passing Measure P which would decide the fate of the defunct StoneRidge Country Club.

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Poway voters are being asked to decide the fate of the defunct StoneRidge Country Club with Measure P.

StoneRidge used to offer a golf course and plush country club building, but now the property mostly features overgrown plants, shattered windows and graffitied walls.

Measure P would put a maximum of 160 homes on the property, in a development called “The Farm.” It will also include a minimum of 70.4 acres of permanent open space.

The ballot measure asks Poway residents to approve The Farm in the Poway Specific Plan. This plan was adopted by the Poway City Council in June, but a public vote is required to approve the development as it will change the zoning code for the property.

This isn’t the first time Poway voters have been asked to approve housing here. In 2017, they rejected Measure A, which called for more homes on the site.

The Farm In Poway's Erin McKinley said things are different this time.

“Measure P is very different in that it has unanimous approval and support from City Council, it has an associated specific plan, an environmental impact report and a tentative map that are completely approved and in stone, so people know what they’re voting for with Measure P,” McKinley said.

But unanimous support from the city council doesn’t mean unanimous support from residents.

Chris Prine of Preserve Poway said the second proposal to build on the property is a worse concept for locals than the first attempt.

“It's a worse deal for everyone who lives here. Many more cars, much more noise - we just feel it's not good for us,” Prine said. He also said much of the open space would be useless for recreation because it's on steep hills.

Proposed amenities for The Farm include parks, trails, gardens, event space, a cafe and butterfly vivarium, a community classroom, and a fitness club with courts and a swimming pool, which would be available to all Poway residents.