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Decades-long battle over Santee housing project heats up

Posted at 5:49 PM, May 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-05-08 20:49:18-04

SANTEE, Calif. (KGTV) - A battle is brewing over a massive new housing project that would boost Santee’s population by 15 percent.

Developers of East County’s Fanita Ranch project will try to win over residents at a meeting Wednesday night.

10News first covered the housing proposal in 1999. Fanita Ranch would bring nearly 3,000 homes, a school, parks, and open space.

Councilman Stephen Houlahan says the project would bring more money to Santee.

“The city needs to grow; that’s just how it is.”

Some residents oppose adding more people and traffic.

“The traffic getting to and from work is a major issue.”

In 2007, the developer submitted a plan that received fierce opposition. 12 years later, they are presenting a new one at council chambers.

Regardless of the council’s decision, the matter will likely go to a vote.