Newland Sierra Project to bring 2100 new homes to the North County

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The Newland Sierra Project in North County got the green light in September, but a new signature drive is hoping to put the project on the ballot to try and overturn the Board of Supervisor’s approval.

Rita Brandin, Vice President of Newland Communities, and Erik Bruvold, CEO of North County Economic Development Corp, visited the studio on Tuesday to talk about the project.

On Sept 26th, 2018, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved Newland Sierra — which includes 2,135 homes while preserving 61 percent of the property as open space. The open space is about the same size (1,200 acres) as all of Balboa Park.

Newland asked for an amendment to the General Plan to build more homes than the current zoning — which allows for 99 large estate homes and 2.1 million square feet of office and commercial space. Newland asked for this amendment because San Diego needs more homes than it needs another massive office/commercial project.

Sierra will be the first carbon-neutral community ever built in San Diego county with solar panels on every rooftop and electric-vehicle charging stations in every garage.

A couple days after the Board of Supervisors approved the project, the owners of the exclusive Golden Door spa across the street from the proposed project launched a signature gathering effort with the hopes of putting the project on the 2020 ballot and overturning the Board of Supervisors approval.

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