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Mutually exclusive ideas


August 14, 2013
You can be a reasonable person and support the Accretive Group's proposed Lilac Hills Ranch and its 1,700 plus homes that would be dropped down near the I-15 Corridor into the middle of formerly agricultural land like a small pig dropped into the gullet of a python.

You can be a reasonable person and not see any threat posed to Valley Center's way of life by those houses.

You can be a reasonable person and not care anything at all about the County's General Plan or the Valley Center Community Plan (the latter being part of the former) and whether or not certain developments fit into its parameters.

But, says the Valley Center Planning Group, you cannot be a reasonable person and logically support both the General Plan and the Accretive project. This would be like holding two mutually exclusive beliefs simultaneously. Matter and antimatter cannot occupy the same space without producing catastrophe. The General Plan, as written, cannot accommodate Lilac Hills Ranch without some procrustean exertions. In those lovely words from the Vietnam War, the County would have to destroy the General Plan in order to save it if it chooses to allow Accretive to bust open the plan so soon after it has been adopted.

So the planning group says, any way.

In its comments, the group says, "The project's specific plan threatens to overturn virtually every element in the County's new General Plan adopted in 2011 after 12 years of discussion, compromise and community involvement, nearly $20 million in government expenditures and countless hours of effort on the part of local citizens."

Since I opposed and continue to oppose the General Plan as a giant transfer of wealth from one group of landowners to another this argument doesn't cut a lot of mustard with me. But it ought to with the Board of Supervisors, since it is their General Plan, after all. We should not forget that there are only five people whose opinions on this project matter a whit, and one of them long ago made up his mind.

Maybe the supervisors who haven't made up their minds should take a hard look at the "holes" that the planners have uncovered in Accretive's draft environmental impact report. This lack of attention to detail by the County staff would infer that staff knows that "the fix is in" on the Accretive project.

What say you, supervisors? Is the fix in?

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