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.