By David Ross, Valley Roadrunner
Alert readers might have noticed the news release that Lilac Hills Ranch is back as a proposed General Plan Amendment, with the same density of 1,746 units.
What has changed is that, unlike the old project that County residents roundly rejected by a margin of two-to-one (much higher than that in Valley Center) the developer has included all of the amenities, such as a school and fire station, that the Planning Commission had required, and which the developer tried to skip around by proposing Measure B to the voters—which did not include those requirements.
The developer also claims that the project is carbon neutral, i.e. that it doesn’t generate more carbon than it consumes, through the employment of extensive solar panels and multiple-electric car charging stations. Also water use neutral.
Another thing that has changed is that Larry Hershfield, CEO of Ranch Capital, whom I wrote a series of articles about as “The Man Behind the Curtain,” has now stepped out from behind the curtain, and is now the public face of the project.