A huge swath of rural land currently filled with citrus and avocado groves could eventually be stuffed with almost 2,000 new homes if developers get their way.

Lilac Hills Ranch is a proposed housing project in Valley Center. More than 10 years in the making, the project’s developers, Accretive Investments, have run into a slew of controversies over the years, but it seems as if nothing will stop them.

The developer has clashed with community members and local agencies and the development doesn’t fit restrictions set by the county itself. And yet county planners have recommended Lilac Hills be approved.

Wait, what?

Andrew Keatts digs into the perplexing development in anticipation of the county supervisors’ vote this fall. That’s this week’s San Diego Explained.

Kinsee Morlan was formerly the Engagement Editor at Voice of San Diego and author of the Culture Report. She also managed VOSD’s podcasts and covered...

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