Newland Sierra is a (2,135 homes) proposed development at the old Merriam Mountains site at Deer Springs road and I-15.
It is interesting why the County Planning Commission has allowed the use of “bundling” project meetings to possibly approve 10 developments into one meeting, when only 4 meetings per yr (1 project per mtg) are county policy. Could it be developers are receiving a favor before the November county supervisors elections, which afterwards, may not be as friendly to developers?
Information has recently surfaced, via a public records information request, that Newland Sierra used consultants to write some of their EIR (environmental impact report) that are not on the approved county list. If this is a violation of CEQA procedures this project should be delayed until they conform to county policy.
This project was voted down by the supervisors when it was known as Merriam Mountains, prior to the General Plan. Now, the developer is attempting to gather 3 supervisors ‘yes’ votes to amend the General Plan to continue LA type urban sprawl.
It is time our county supervisors enforce the General Plan and stop being ‘yes men’ to developers money.
MARK SEEBACH, Escondido
Letter to the Editor: NEWLAND SIERRA MAY HAVE VIOLATED CEQA PROCEDURES