|Lilac Hills Ranch Frequently Asked Questions
What impact will Lilac Hills Ranch have on the environment?
Lilac Hills Ranch is an eco-friendly green community that will preserve over 100 acres of natural open space, over 80 acres of agriculture and will restore and enhance over 18 acres of creeks and wetlands.
Developments typically bring more traffic and congestion to an area; won’t Lilac Hills Ranch do that?
The project will fund many local road improvements to enhance safety and correct current road sub-standard conditions. Improvements that would increase safety include intersection signals, turn lanes, bike lanes, sidewalks and fixes to blind curves. All roads have been approved by the local Fire District. By creating a pedestrian-centered village with commercial services and jobs, LHR will reduce the number of miles driven by residents and reduce congestion.
Lilac Hills Ranch is asking the County for a General Plan Amendment, so how can it be consistent with the General Plan?
LHR has been thoroughly reviewed by both County Planning Staff and the County Planning Commission and determined to be consistent with the vision, guiding principles and goals of the County General Plan. The General Plan anticipates amendments necessary to create and implement the plan for healthy, livable and sustainable communities. According to the County Planning Department Staff Report, LHR is an example of the new smart-growth, pedestrian-oriented development the County is looking for.
Lilac Hills Ranch is being built in a wildfire-prone area of the county. How can you ensure the residents of Lilac Hills Ranch will be safe in the event of a wildfire?
The local Deer Springs Fire District has approved the Lilac Hills Ranch Fire Protection Plan. The District has issued a Facility Availability Letter and has stated that the District has the capacity and capability to serve the community. All roads meet the Fire District Standards. There is an existing fire station adjacent to the project. Roads have been designed to ease evacuation, and structures will meet the highest standards of safety and are designed to shelter residents in the event of fire.
Water use is a big issue in California. How do you answer the concerns that new construction uses more water?
Lilac hills Ranch is confirmed to be water neutral. By conservation, re-use and recycling technology, the community will use less water, when it is completed, than the property currently uses today. LHR will fund improvements to the Moosa Water Reclamation Facility to add green technology for Water Recycling. This means a decrease in water use compared to current water use.
There is already a shortage of schools in the area. Won’t new residents result in a serious school overcrowding problem?
Lilac Hills Ranch has been working with both the Bonsall Unified School District and the Valley Center-Pauma Unified School District to create the best educational environment for children of residents and for those outside the project, as well. The project has received School Facility Availability Letters from both Bonsall and Valley Center. Lilac Hills Ranch has committed to providing a turn-key K–8 school to serve students in the community.
Tell me more about why Lilac Hills Ranch is a smart-growth, pedestrian- friendly community?
The community is designed around walking and has great amenities that will provide a smart-growth, family-friendly, healthy and active lifestyle. Amenities such as community recreation centers are located within a 10-minute walk from every home. Lilac Hills Ranch will have over 20 acres of community parks and over 16 miles of multi-use trails. Other Lilac Hills Ranch amenities will include community vineyards and orchards, a farmer’s market, town center with sidewalk cafés and restaurants, boutique shops and grocery store, fruit stand a 50-room County Inn and office space.