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County approves San Marcos housing development

Posted: 3:49 PM, Sep 26, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-27 00:21:24Z

SAN MARCOS, Calif. (KGTV) -- The San Diego Board of Supervisors voted Wednesday evening to approve a North County development, but opponents say the cost is too high. 

The board voted 4-0 to approve the project. Wednesday morning, those in support and opposition of the project packed a meeting to share their thoughts.

“Without question, the biggest issue facing our business community today is the lack of workforce housing,” said former San Diego mayor Jerry Sanders.

Newland Sierra Developers wants to construct 2,100 homes on 2,000 acres of undeveloped land in the Twin Oaks Valley.

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"Sierra won’t solve our housing crisis alone, but it will make a considerable dent in our chronic housing deficit and introduce new opportunities for working families to live near their jobs, near their children’s schools and to improve quality of life,” said Sanders.

The community, which will be known as Newland Sierra, would be San Diego County’s first carbon-neutral community.

The project would also feature 19 miles of multi-use trails, bike paths, 36 acres of community and neighborhood parks and an 81,000 square feet retail center.

Homes in the development would start in the high $300,000 range and include seven different communities. Opponents of the project say that price is still a concern.

“We don’t have enough housing that’s lower end that’s the big problem and we’re not solving that problem with projects like this,” said JP Theberge.