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County keeps zoning up to date

SD County
SD County
Crest Dehesa rural land rezoned to open space. Near rural homes community (yellow and red). SOuthwest of Glen Oaks.

The county's general plan update done three years ago stepped up plans to keep open space zoning in line with the county's conservation goals. Conservation work done to protect wildlife acreage the county did not drop from its regular work plans.

Board supervisors, in 2011, directed the county staff to clean up the general plan every two years, not allowing the county to put off zoning land the county owns today. OPen space land used out in the county's outlying areas gets updated regularly. Any land the county buys from private owners can not sit around unmanaged.

A 2013 clean up did get done last week.

The long wildlife lands that run from the I-8 out through Harbison Cnayon in Crest-Dehesa to Jamul did not come close to losing an 8 acre patch of rural land behind a rural homes community with a commercial center. Land, largely used for grazing, now will stay conserved open space. During the biannual clean up board meeting, last Wednesday, the board added the open space to the general plan land use map, and rezoned the land.

Long term wildlife conservation stays a guarantee. No lands were closed off from nature. And, county housing planners and homes developers know now, not later, how much land stays available to build new homes on. Villages planned for the outlying areas will get built amidst the old hills and open valleys.

Even the small acreage near major driving paths needs close attention. Wednesday, the supervisors rezoned old Alpine industrial land near the I-8 to rural commercial land. New rural community business that takes up the land can try profiting fromt he money made helping modern rural residents live a convenient local lifestyle.

The county needs to do its regular work to fill out its rural development plans.

Places like Rainbow, with open development opportunities, could too easily build on old land to found places for new crowds instead of holding off developer encroachment into wildlife areas. Supervisors saved another patch of land for open space conservation last week. The land sits in the wildlife lands that run down a long range from Riverside. East of the I-15.

Stay on the old lands conservation job.

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