Supervisors to reconsider Merriam Mountain proposal
The San Diego County Board of Supervisors voted 3-2 Wednesday to reconsider a developer’s controversial North County housing project.
The 2,600-unit Merriam Mountains project, across Interstate 15 from Lawrence Welk Village, failed last month on a 2-2 vote. Supervisor Ron Roberts was out of town for a crucial California Air Resources Board meeting.
Roberts last week asked his colleagues to vote on whether to re-hear the matter.
Tim McClain of Roberts’ office said the supervisor toured the site on his own recently to get a look at the area, and has viewed a recording of last month’s nearly six-hour hearing.
“I believe substantive issues raised that day should be reviewed by both staff and the applicant, prior to its return to the board,” Roberts said.
Board President Pam Slater-Price and Supervisor Dianne Jacob, who opposed Merriam Mountains last month, cast the dissenting ballots Wednesday on having a new hearing, which was set for March 24.
Slater-Price and Jacob both believe the project, which includes commercial buildings and amenities like a community center and hiking trails, is too dense for the semi-rural site.
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