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Lilac Hills Ranch, the sprawling project proposed near rural Valley Center, hasn’t been given the green light yet.

The project needs special approval because the developer wants to build more than 1,700 homes in a place where only 110 are currently allowed.

Normally for a development like this to be approved, it would go before the County Board of Supervisors. But after years of struggling through the county permitting process, the developer decided to turn to voters.

Opponents of the project say housing should go near transit, and that the project violates the county’s general plan. Supporters say it will bring thousands of new homes and many new jobs to the region.

On this week’s San Diego Explained, NBC 7 San Diego’s Monica Dean and Voice of San Diego’s Maya Srikrishnan discuss the Lilac Hills Ranch project and how the proposal that voters will consider in November is different from the one the Board of Supervisors nearly approved last year.

Kinsee Morlan

Kinsee Morlan was formerly the Engagement Editor at Voice of San Diego and author of the Culture...

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