By Alison St John, KPBS
The Lilac Hills Ranch development that San Diego County voters defeated two years ago is back on the agenda. The County Planning Department is recirculating an Environmental Impact Report and the public has 45 days to comment.
The plan has the same number of homes — just over 1700 houses — in an area near Valley Center zoned for about 100.
But project manager John Rilling said a critical shortage of affordable housing in the region may have shifted public opinion.
“Under the current zoning you could build 100 five acre mac-mansions that only one percent of the population could buy,” Rilling said. “Lilac Hills Ranch, the majority of the homes will be between $300,000 and $600,000. That’s the critical price point for entry-level buyers, for young families.”