Controversial North County Development Placed on Ballot: Supes

proposed controversial development in San Diego's North County will be on the ballot this November. 

County Supervisors voted Tuesday to put the proposed 600-acre Lilac Hills Ranch development up for a countywide vote. The project would build more than 1,700 homes along the Interstate 15 corridor that stretches into Valley Center and Bonsall.

It would also include schools, a hotel, office and commercial space.

Supervisors voted unanimously to add the proposal to the ballot after hearing a County impact report, ordered in mid July. The report outlines the differences between the ballot initiative and the project that COunty planners evaluated. 

Read the public 45-page report here

The proposal has been subject to heated to debate from those living in the area. Those for the project, which has been in the works for more than five years, say it would have a small-town feel while incorporating the latest green technology, making Lilac Hills Ranch self-sufficient.

But opponents like Jack Shu with the Cleveland National Forest Foundation say the county’s rural areas should not be subjected to developments that belong in a city.

Supervisor Bill Horn, whose district includes the Valley Center area, recused himself; he said he had a potential conflict of interest because he owns property in the area. 

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