Impact Report Ordered for Controversial North County Development

County Supervisors have voted to order an impact report for a proposed controversial development in San Diego's North County. 

The Lilac Hills Ranch project is a 600-acre development that 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.

An initiative by the developer Randy Goodson to put the project on the ballot has the required number of signatures to be places on the ballot. 

The proposal was sent to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors once the signatures were verified. Supervisors had the option to adopt the ordinance, place it on the ballot, or order an impact report. 

Tuesday, supervisors voted unanimously to request the impact report. The report will be prepared by County staff employees.  

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.

The report will be available to the public on Friday, July 29. The Board will take up the issue again at their Aug. 2 board meeting, when they decide whether to put the issue on the ballot or approve the ordinance. 

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