Bonsall Sponsor Group rejects Lilac Hills Ranch

The latest version of the specific plan for Accretive Investments’ proposed Lilac Hills Ranch development was submitted to the county’s Department of Planning and Development Services on Feb. 11, and on March 5 the Bonsall Sponsor Group unanimously recommended denial of the project.

“We’re just pointing out major errors in all of the submissions,” said Bonsall Sponsor Group chair Margrette Morgan. “They do not have all of their studies even available, so this submission has been piecemeal.”

Lilac Hills Ranch has gone before the Bonsall Sponsor Group twice before, and it was unanimously rejected both other times. The 608-acre project has also been rejected on more than one occasion by the Valley Center Community Planning Group. Part of the project east of Interstate 15 is within the Bonsall Sponsor Group area while the majority is within the Valley Center group’s planning area.

The specific plan includes 1,371 single-family lots, 375 multi-family residential units within the Town Center and two smaller Neighborhood Center areas, 90,000 square feet of commercial and office space within the 25.8-acre commercial and mixed-use area, a 12-acre school site, a 12-acre public community park, private neighborhood and pocket parks, a recycling facility to provide waste recycling for project residents and businesses, an on-site water reclamation facility, and active orchards or other agricultural uses.

Morgan said that the latest version of the plan added apartments but did not specifically outline modifications from the previous plan. “They don’t tell us what the changes are,” she said.

Morgan also noted that the documentation didn’t include a traffic study. She added that the hydrology study did not take structures into account, which would render runoff information inaccurate. “Their hydrology is just their land,” Morgan said.

Accretive seeks an amendment to the county’s general plan which was updated in August 2011. Lilac Hills Ranch was considered during the general plan update process, which did not render a decision on the project itself but removed the proposed Road 3A from the Circulation Element. Road 3A would have provided a direct route from the project to Interstate 15, although it would have required off-site eminent domain.   Morgan notes that some of the internal roads cited in the Lilac Hills Ranch plan are actually private roads to which Accretive doesn’t have access.

The Environmental Impact Review process often includes a scoping meeting at which citizens or organizations can request information to be studied. The Bonsall Sponsor Group and the Valley Center Community Planning Group have provided questions, but no draft EIR has been submitted. “They don’t have it together enough to have an EIR,” Morgan said.

The project will be heard by the county’s Planning Commission, which will make a recommendation to the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, although there is no timetable for a Planning Commission hearing.  “I doubt if it’s even this year,” Morgan said.

While the Bonsall Sponsor Group and the Valley Center Community Planning Group, among others, opposed the recommendation of the county’s Red Tape Reduction Task Force to restrict planning and sponsor group authority, the planning and sponsor groups were supportive of other internal efficiency improvements recommended by the task force which was convened in 2011.  

The task force was part of the county’s business process re-engineering initiative which in February 2006 included a policy change intended to streamline the process for discretionary permit projects. That change sought to identify major issues early in the process, resulting in a more complete application when the project is initially submitted and thus fewer review cycles and revisions.

“This is not in compliance, as far as I’m concerned, with what the Board of Supervisors worked on in the Red Tape task force,” Morgan said of the Lilac Hills Ranch project. “One wonders how this got through.”

8 Responses to "Bonsall Sponsor Group rejects Lilac Hills Ranch"

  1. resident   March 21, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Our elected sponsor groups in Bonsall and Fallbrook can do whatever they want however as long as there are people like Bill Horn on the Board of Supervisors who support outrageous development at all costs, these ridiculous projects will continue to go forward and be approved.

  2. Unless We Stand Up   March 21, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    That’s what the Courts are for — shame that it has to go to that

  3. ERIN   March 21, 2013 at 5:20 pm

    These "advisory" groups have way too much power. Most members are retired NIMBY’s with nothing better to do, but stand in the way of progress.

  4. Not all residents are against this idea   March 22, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    Interesting how one-sided this article is. I’d like to hear what the project owners themselves have to say. Maybe a project like this could provide jobs and much-needed income for the area. I’d like to see what the whole picture is, not just one side.

  5. I support our community sponsor groups   March 22, 2013 at 5:03 pm

    To Erin: These groups have virtually no power as it is. How would you suggest that they have even less is beyond me. These groups are the only forum where neighborhood folks can be heard before plans are heard before our bought and paid for County Supervisors

  6. Disgusted   March 22, 2013 at 10:05 pm

    Clearly ERIN has absolutely no idea what advisory groups actually do.

  7. Lee   March 25, 2013 at 7:42 am

    Folks, please do everything you can, legally and peacefully, of course, against this Lilac Road development!

    There is something far more important than money and development involved here: our community! How dare developers and local politicians disrespect this concept by shoving these track homes into this area that CLEARLY isn’t like this? How? PLEASE folks, stand up to this injustice! This is Fallbrook, a RURAL region that we ALL love! And to try to shove this kind of development into this area just so that a developer can make money AND the County can create more tax revenue because it is hurting financially is DEAD WRONG!

    This is Fallbrook! And THE reason why every single one of us lives here and/or moved here is exactly because of this rural setting. I would go a step further and say that it is criminal to try to shove these types of developments into this area: we are NOT a track home development area! So developers of these types of homes, STAY THE [beep] out of the greater Fallbrook region.

    PS. If Supervisor Horn so LOVES these homes, why does he not support their development in his Valley Center where he lives?! There is FAR more space for such developments there!

  8. OLD FALLBROOK LOCAL   March 25, 2013 at 10:27 am

    Where is the water for this monstrosity going to come from? We will be paying for it long after Bill Horn and is developer buddies cash out.


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