Linda Bailey’s OpEd that people may have been misled by signing a petition so we, the residents of San Diego County, can vote on whether we want more large developments, contains the same smoke-screen arguments that have been used for years to try to justify the negative impacts created by large developments.
Although this is conveniently not mentioned in the article, the Newland Sierra development slated for the area north of Deer Springs Rd and West of I-15 will create 2,135 new housing units that will lead to many negative impacts, including thousands of more vehicles in a more rural area of our county, and thousands of more cars on an already extremely congested I-15.
By stating these residential units will provide more housing “for our workforce -firefighters, police officers, teachers, and nurses,” Mrs. Bailey is misleading the public into believing a false representation of this development. Do we know how many people employed by this type of occupation will buy a home in this neighborhood? We can’t know. The homes have not yet been sold. What makes this type of homeowner a better or more deserving resident in this new development? Or does this type of argument simply attempt to create a “warm and fuzzy” feeling that we are “helping” these service providing job holders with a shorter commute?
The bottom line is, we have built massive new developments over the years all over California, and after the out of town developer makes their millions, our infrastructure is left with a new black eye that we all must deal with, and California’s natural environment suffers.
LORI HATLEY, Escondido