opposition to Rancho Cielo projects builds
Rachel Stine, Dec 23, 2013
SANTA FE Multiple lawsuits and an appeal have been
filed against proposed development projects in the Rancho
Cielo residential community of Rancho Santa Fe.
specific plan to develop Rancho Cielo, which encompasses about
2,668 acres north and west of Del Dios Highway, originally
came before the San Diego County Board of Supervisors in 1981.
the past 30 years, the plan has been amended six times to
incorporate a variety of changes to the proposed development.
Rancho Cielo Estates Ltd., the site developer, has brought
forth two proposals before the San Diego County Planning Commission
and Board of Supervisors to build houses and condominiums
on portions of the Rancho Cielo property.
Aug. 7, the County Board of Supervisors granted approval for
the construction of 24 single-family homes located off of
group of nearby residents consequently formed the nonprofit
San Dieguito Community Council to oppose the project.
filed a lawsuit against San Diego County for approving the
project on Sept. 6, claiming that the project fails to comply
with the California Environmental Quality Act.
claim specifically cites that the County did not consider
the full environmental impacts of the project that was ultimately
approved after decades of changes and instead relied on outdated
lawsuit mentions concerns about impacts the project might
have on safety and traffic in the area.
to the groups attorney, Everett DeLano, the suit is
still in discovery.
documents on the project state that the development plan that
was approved did not substantially change the environmental
impacts that were originally reviewed as the project was completed.
other parties are also in the process of suing Rancho Cielo
Estates, Ltd., over the project.
lawsuit was filed on Oct. 22 on behalf of David Radel, accusing
the developer of fraud, negligent misrepresentation, conflict
of interests, and other charges.
Jones filed a suit on Nov. 25 claiming that the company breached
contracts and negligently misrepresented the project.
Dec. 13, the San Diego County Planning Commission unanimously
approved the development of 18 single-family homes and 19
condominiums on 270 acres of the Rancho Cielo property off
of Via Dora and Cerro Del Sol.
Dieguito Community Council submitted an appeal of that project
as well, also citing lack of sufficient environmental review.
doesnt make any sense. Why wouldnt (the project
developers) go ahead and do new studies? said DeLano.
project is scheduled to come before the County Board of Supervisors
in the near future for a final decision from the county.