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The City of San Diego planning commission is set to approve a new 430-unit residential development known as Castlerock over a 204-acre plot that is currently within San Diego city limits at a meeting this Thursday, July 11.

The proposal put forth by developer Pardee Homes would place 283 single family homes on standard-sized lots, plus another 147 multi-family detached units “clustered on larger lots referred to as green court units” ranging from 1,700 to 3,800 square feet in size. This primary plan also includes abour 4 acres of park space and 90 acres of undeveloped land. Aside from the 90 acre open space, the rest of the land would be annexed from the city of San Diego to Santee.

An alternative slightly decreases the total unit size of the development from 430 to 422 and increases the open space to just under 95 acres.

Local preservationist group Preserve Wild Santee has called the project a “monstrous housing development” that would “destroy four vernal pools and fairy shrimp, without examining the cumulative impact of these projects on the San Diego fairy shrimp.”

The project was originally proposed in 2004, but the real estate crash of the late 2000s put plans on hold, and it had remained dormant until recently.

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