The citizens’ initiative that would greenlight the Lilac Hills Ranch project would also exempt the developer from certain safety standards required by the county.
The County Board of Supervisors will decide the next step for Lilac Hills Ranch, a sprawling project that would build 1,700 new homes near rural Valley Center, on Tuesday.
Supervisors could ask voters to make a final decision after Accretive Investments, the project’s developer, collected enough signatures to qualify for the ballot. They could also ask county staff to prepare a new study of the project’s environmental, economic and public safety effects.
Or they could approve the project outright.
If the Board of Supervisors bypasses a public vote and approves the project, neighbors say they’ll sue the county for waiving safety standards for a private development project.
That’s because of two shortcuts Accretive took when it started collecting signatures to put the project on the ballot. Those shortcuts dealt with long-standing issues that the developer couldn’t fix.