Opponents of Newland Sierra north of Escondido announced Wednesday they have submitted more than 110,000 signatures for a 2020 ballot measure to stop the 2,100-home development.
The controversial project was approved 4-0 last month by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors, with several supervisors saying the region is facing a housing crisis and needs new construction.
Opponents immediately began a signature-gathering effort for the countywide referendum, which will appear on the 2020 ballot if the signatures are verified and supervisors choose not to rescind approval of the development.
“Despite harassment and intimidation by Newland Sierra’s paid intimidators, voters have responded in record time to oppose this bad development,” said Susan Baldwin, a volunteer with the Committee Against Newland Sierra and Bad Development. “Even though Newland Sierra threw roadblocks in front of the public, San Diego County voters can see through a developer’s tactics.”
Plans for the 1,985-acre site call for 2,135 homes, 81,000 square feet of commercial space, a six-acre school site, 35.87 acres of public and private parks, 19.2 miles of multi-use community trails, an equestrian staging area and 1,209 acres of open space.
Opponents say the project will create unacceptable levels of traffic on Interstate 15 north of Escondido.
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