Planning group also seeks applicants to fill vacancy
By Miriam Raftery
February 19, 2017 (Campo) — At its meeting on Monday, February 27th, the Campo Lake Morena Planning Group will hear a presentation on Backcountry Land Trust’s interest in potentially acquiring Star Ranch. George Barnett, vice president and director of land acquisitions at the land preservation group, will speak on BCLT negotiations and answer questions from the public.
A proposal to build 455 homes as well as business structures on the site is still in process with the county, though the developer ran into financial challenges. If the land is bought by another developer instead of a land preservation group, the County could move forward on the environmental impact report to process the development plans.
Barnett told ECM, "We're at the earliest stage of trying to put together a group of interested organizations that maybe collectively are interested in the property. And then seeing how many would come together to jointly fund the $7 million or so that is being asked. That will require some time. $7 million is huge. For example any portion of funding from any government agency generally has to be budgeted, and that implies a year. The other issue is in setting-up funding to take care of the property. That's a pretty huge task in itself. " He adds, "What I want to do is connect with the Campo-Lake Morena residents through their planning group and explain what BCLT and its partners have been doing in the general area, what the process of conservation is, see how residents respond, and then to get community feedback on what they would like to see happen to the property. "
Planners will have a discussion and vote on the issue following the presentation and audience input.
The planning group will also review applications for filling a vacancy on seat 7. Parties interested in applying should contact Chairman Billie Jo Jannen at (619)415-6298 for application and information.
The group will also hear standing subcommittee reports on groundwater, sewer and septic, community economic impacts, as well as traffic and public safety.
The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Feb. 27 in the Mountain Empire Community Center, 976 Sheridan Rd. in Campo.