Major residential or commercial projects can completely change neighborhoods – for better or worse – and can require millions of dollars, ballot initiatives and lawsuits just to get started.
Here are seven major projects to keep an eye on in 2016.
Lilac Hills Ranch, a 1,500-home, master-planned community in Valley Center, has been controversial for a long time. A years-long battle to get the project approved may finally come to an end in 2016, when the County Board of Supervisors finally votes on the project. The vote, which was supposed to happen in the fall, was pushed off as Supervisor Bill Horn appealed an FPPC decision saying he should not vote on the project since his the project had the potential increase the value of Horn’s own property.
The FPPC ruled again on Wednesday that Horn should recuse himself, so the development-friendly supervisor – who was likely to vote in favor of the project – will likely have to sit out the vote. The Board of Supervisors vote on the project will likely happen at the beginning of 2016. The project is the first of several general plan amendments and is likely to set a precedent for future projects seeking exceptions to the county planning documents.