The Lilac Hills Ranch project – a sprawling, 1,700-home development in rural Valley Center – would add a bunch of people where there currently aren’t many.
All those new people will need amenities to accommodate them – wider roads, emergency crews who can reach them when they’re in trouble and a school for their children to attend.
Back in September 2015, the county Planning Commission told Accretive Investments, the developer behind the proposal, that if it wanted approval from the County Board of Supervisors, it would need to provide all of those things. When it came to building a new school, Accretive agreed.
Now, however, Accretive is asking voters – not the Board of Supervisors – to approve Lilac Hills. It’s written the ballot initiative in a way that would exempt the development from many of the conditions county officials wanted to place on it.
It’s no longer clear whether Accretive plans to build a school.
The development sits within two school districts, Bonsall Unified and Valley-Center Pauma Unified. A former superintendent for Valley-Center Pauma Unified said a few years ago the project would bring 800 elementary school kids and over 300 high schoolers to the district, enough to require a new school.