Important Updates about Lilac Hills Ranch

  — Published by Lilac Hills Ranch February 11, 2016.


Dear Friends and Supporters:

A recent article in the San Diego Business Journal reports that a group of Lilac Hills Ranch proponents from Bonsall, Fallbrook and Valley Center filed a petition last week to qualify the eco-friendly community for a November ballot initiative sponsored by Lilac Hills Ranch. Voters would get a chance to decide on the proposed community by collecting roughly 70,000 valid signatures.

For the past 7 years, Lilac Hills Ranch has been vetted by San Diego County’s Planning and Environmental Departments. The Planning Department and Planning Commission recently concluded that Lilac Hills Ranch will be a low-impact green community providing housing and jobs for San Diego County residents, consistent with the County’s General Plan.

However, a recent ruling by California’s Supreme Court on the subject of greenhouse gas (GHG) created uncertainty regarding how developers anywhere in California should evaluate and mitigate for GHG.

Until the Supreme Court’s decision is clarified, projects like Lilac Hills Ranch could be put on hold indefinitely.  As a result, proponents of the project are pursuing a parallel approach with financial support from Lilac Hills Ranch that would give County voters a choice, while the Lilac Hills Ranch team continues to work with County officials to understand the GHG issue.

Projects like Lilac Hills Ranch address the growing housing shortage and create jobs. In San Diego County, estimates indicate there will be a shortage of 43,388 to 118,602 homes by 2050. This shortfall will drive up housing prices — making it significantly more difficult for first-time buyers to ever purchase a home. Lilac Hills Ranch will also create thousands of permanent and temporary jobs for the local economy.

Lilac Hills Ranch is supported by local residents and community groups because it will be an eco-smart village that will preserve over 100 acres of open space and 80 acres of farming. In addition, it will be a zero-net water community that utilizes cutting-edge green technology to reduce its carbon footprint and create a pedestrian-friendly village to help solve San Diego County’s housing shortfall.

You can help by signing the petition to place Lilac Hills Ranch on the November ballot, and please follow us on Facebook for the latest news about the signature drive.



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