A tiny water district in northern San Diego County – the San Luis Rey
Municipal Water District – is seeking to annex thousands of acres of
land to fuel urban growth near Bonsall and Pala. EHL is opposing this
Northern San Diego County is at a crossroads. Scenery, wildlife, and
farming, plus carefully sited “nodes” of urban growth, can be achieved
through the “2020” General Plan Update. However, this preemptive “land
grab” by the San Luis Rey Municipal Water District – which currently
only manages groundwater – would import water and build sewage
treatment plants, inducing growth in areas otherwise planned for
continued rural and agricultural uses. The beneficiaries would be
speculative land interests.
The San Diego Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) will approve or
deny the request. EHL submitted extensive comments on the outrageous
proposal, showing its fundamental inconsistency with LAFCO policies.
This blatant attempt to replace good planning with “leapfrog” sprawl
must not be allowed to succeed.