By J. Harry Jones, The San Diego Union-Tribune
The decision whether to allow construction of the controversial Lilac Hills Ranch housing development in Valley Center will be made later this year by the county’s Board of Supervisors following a hearing last week.
The county’s Planning Commission unanimously decided Thursday that plans to build 1,746 dwelling units on 609 acres just east of Interstate 15 near W. Lilac Road had not changed enough in the past several years to require another time-consuming hearing before the commission which had approved a similar proposal in 2015.
The project will now go to the supervisors for a final decision in the fall on a date yet to be determined. Supervisor Bill Horn, who lives on a ranch a couple miles from the Lilac Hills site, will likely recuse himself from the vote based on a ruling made three years ago by the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission, which said the proximity of his property presented a conflict of interest.
By Aaron Burgin, The Coast News Group
REGION — A proposed 1,700-home master planned community near Valley Center is headed to the County Board of Supervisors, after the County Planning Commission voted June 8 not to rehear the project.
But opponents of the project said they likely will sue to have it reheard by the planning group.
The commission voted 5-0, with two commissioners absent, to advance the Lilac Hills Ranch Proposal to the supervisors, despite staff’s recommendation that the body hold additional hearings to address what they called “substantial changes” to the project. The Valley Center Community Planning Group and a group of residents who have opposed the project since its inception urged the commission to side with its staff.
By Jeff Powers, IVN
By 5-0, the San Diego County Planning Commission voted to support the New Lilac Hills Ranch community. The project will now go to the Board of Supervisors for final approval.
For several years the development has been a target for environmentalists who claim the project is too large for the community and will be detrimental to the environment.
The Planning Commission didn’t agree with that assessment.
By Andrew Khouri, Lost Angeles Times
California lost lower-income residents to other states over a recent 11-year period, while gaining wealthier households from elsewhere in the U.S. The disparity reflects the state's sky-high rents and home prices, according to several reports released Thursday.
The studies, produced by Beacon Economics for public policy nonprofit Next 10, mirror findings from the groups two years ago, as well as a flurry of other research that's documented California's persistent housing crisis.
The organizations say the numbers underscore the depth of the affordability problem. They called for policy changes that would increase housing supply so "low-wage residents are able to remain in California."
"In order to maintain a robust economy, California will need to ensure that residents across all income and employment levels are able to afford a basic cost of living in the state," the authors wrote.
By Matt Levin / CALmatters, KPBS
Why are California housing costs so high? At its most basic level, it’s a story of supply and demand — lots of people want to live here, and there aren’t enough homes to go around.
But there are lots of uniquely California factors — from the shape of our coastline to Prop 13 — that have attached a painfully expensive price tag to the California dream. The median price of a home is now well over half a million dollars — that number is about $240,000 nationally. More than 20% of Californians pay more than half their income for housing.
Here are five reasons the state’s housing market got so out of whack.
By Kristen Shanahan, Fox 5
SAN DIEGO -- A number of residents in San Diego County are having a hard time finding a place to call home.
One family told FOX 5 they are looking to move from Valley Center to Vista, and even though it is a good ways outside the heart of San Diego it is still hard to find an affordable place to live.
At age of 18 the Navy brought Michale Turner to San Diego and it is where he chose to raise his family.
“I love San Diego for all of the right reasons, like anybody else. I believe it’s a great place to live,” Turner said.
Turner said he does not want to leave, but the cost of living has forced him to think about it.
For the past six months he, his wife and 15-year-old son have been searching for a home in the Vista area.
“We’re looking at rentals, but we’re looking at purchases also in Vista and neither is more rosy than the other,” Turner said.
Turner said the average rental price they have seen is about $2,400 dollars, but other places they have looked at are well over that price.
By Lisa Halverstadt, Voice of San Diego
SANDAG projects the county will be more than 150,000 homes short of what it will need by 2050, even if cities across the county build everything current plans allow.
Regional planners project the county will fall 152,000 homes short of what it will need by 2050 even if San Diego cities build all the housing they expect to allow over the next three decades.
SANDAG officials on Monday unveiled estimates they’ll use to update the region’s growth forecast. The forecast helps officials across the county with long-term transportation and infrastructure planning.
SANDAG staffers have in recent months met with planners countywide to learn where their local plans allow for housing – and how much. They concluded city and county plans permit 357,000 more units between now and 2050, short of the 509,000 additional homes SANDAG estimates the region will need. The projection is based on assumptions about population growth, the number of people per home, the number of second homes or vacation homes not available on the market and a desired 5 percent vacancy rate.
By Jeff Daniels, CNBC
Californians may still love the beautiful weather and beaches, but more and more they are fed up with the high housing costs and taxes and deciding to flee to lower-cost states such as Nevada, Arizona and Texas.
"There's nowhere in the United States that you can find better weather than here," said Dave Senser, who lives on a fixed income near San Luis Obispo, California, and now plans to move to Las Vegas. "Rents here are crazy, if you can find a place, and they're going to tax us to death. That's what it feels like. At least in Nevada they don't have a state income tax. And every little bit helps."
Senser, 65, who previously lived in the east San Francisco Bay region, said housing costs and gas prices are "significantly lower in Las Vegas. The government in the state of California isn't helping people like myself. That's why people are running out of this state now."
By Chris Nichols, PolitiFact California
"California is 49th out of 50 in the United States in per capita housing units. Only Utah can lay claim to being lowest in per capita production." - Gavin Newsom on Thursday, March 8th, 2018
Runaway rents and out-of-reach home prices typify California’s housing landscape.
To ease extreme costs, there are politicians who say they’re increasingly focused on boosting supply. Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is one.
At a forum on March 8, 2018 in Sacramento, Newsom said California must break down barriers to building because it ranks "49th out of 50 in the United States in per capita housing units. Only Utah can lay claim to being lowest in per capita production."
We know building homes in California can be a long, expensive process. But does the state really have the second lowest per capita housing supply in the nation?
We opened the door on a fact check.