Victory in San Diego County

The Cleveland National Forest Foundation, a long-time SMW client, has succeeded in stopping the proposed “Lilac Hills Ranch,” a leapfrog project that would have added 1,746 homes plus commercial development to a semi-rural area north of Escondido. The developer withdrew its project application after SMW commented on the inadequacies of the County’s analysis of the sprawl project’s greenhouse gas impacts.

In addition, the state’s Fair Political Practices Commission (FPPC) twice ruled that Supervisor Bill Horn should not participate in a vote on the Project because he owns land near the project site.

The FPPC upheld its ruling on reconsideration last week, saying Horn should recuse himself because of the possible conflict of interest.

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