Morro Hills in Oceanside, where a 1,000-home development project is being planned. Photo: Movoto

The City of Oceanside is conducting a second public scoping meeting regarding the controversial 1,000-home North River Farms Planned Development on 177 acres in historically agricultural Morro Hills.

City staffers, the planning commission and many area residents have opposed North River Farms because it would cut through rural area, but in March the city council encouraged project applicant NRF Project Owner LLC to consider modifications that might make the development more palatable.

The farm-themed subdivision is slated to include a variety of housing types, parks, trails, a commercial center, a boutique hotel and community gardens.

The city has concluded that the project could result in potentially significant environmental impacts and therefore an Environmental Impact Report is required before development can move forward. The city will be the lead agency responsible for preparing the report, and the purpose of the scoping meetings is to allow public participation in the process.

Scheduled Jan. 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Melba Bishop Recreation Center, 5306 N. River Road, the meeting has been set to allow those impacted by the Lilac Fire an additional opportunity to participate in the scoping process. An intial Dec. 13 scoping meeting was held as the fire burned, which likely prevented many from attending.


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