County Puts the Brakes on General Plan Amendments
By Matt Adams
Litigation threats, staffing issues and additional information requests will force projects scheduled for a December 12th hearing in front of the County Board of Supervisors to wait indefinitely. A memo released by the County Development Services Department said a host of General Plan Amendment projects including Lilac Hills Ranch and Otay Village 14 will be put on hold as the County grapples with climate action plan litigation and the injunction which applies to property specific requests.
The Endangered Habitats League and Center for Biological Diversity are among activists that have sued the County claiming their use of carbon offsets is a blank check for new development. Carbon offsets are widely seen as an effective tool to address Green House Gas reduction mandates and are widely used internationally. It is unclear when the projects will get before the Supervisors but when they do, it will be before some new faces as Jim Desmond and Nathan Fletcher will take over for Supervisors’ Bill Horn and Ron Roberts on January 7th.