Newland Sierra passes unanimously by County Board of Supervisors

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Following public hearing that stretched through much of the day, the county Board of Supervisors Wednesday approved a 2,000-plus- unit housing development in the North County.

The 4-0 vote with Supervisor Dianne Jacob absent amended several provisions in the county general plan to make way for the project.

How serious was the opposition to the development?  Enough for residents of the area to be bused in, in this case, people from Twin Oaks Valley, residents who joined their neighbors in Hidden Meadows and Bonsall.

Essentially the same people, along with the famed Golden Door Spa who opposed the failed Merriam Mountain Project on the same site, North of Escondido and West of the I-15,  almost a decade ago.

But the developer of what’s called  Newland Sierra, 2100 homes and commercial space on 2,000 acres had a heavy hitter as well, the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce:

President and CEO Jerry Sanders told the Supervisors, “W cannot overstate the impact the housing crisis has had only local business, as we continue to lose talent to other cities, where wages tend to be higher and believe it or not, housing costs are lower.”

Opponents said  this wass just Merriam Mountain repackaged, but the developer- locally-based Newland Communities disputes the contention:  600 less homes than Merriam, 61 per cent open space, better traffic mitigation. But  Newland’s overall theme was still: needed housing near employers:

We should also note the County Planning Commission recommended approval by a 6 to 1 vote.

Residents told KUSI they appreciate the County’s need for more housing, it’s the project itself they oppose, just as they did with Merriam Mountain.  It’s just repacked they added.

We also note a suit against the project by the Golden Door Spa and the Sierra Club–a hearing on the merits set for  Superior Court on December 21st.


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