County OKs 332-home subdivision in Valley Center

VALLEY CENTER — San Diego County’s Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a developer’s request for entitlements to build a 332-home subdivision plus recreational and commercial areas on about 74 acres in Valley Center.

The development, called Park Circle, was previously recommended for approval by both the San Diego County Planning Commission and the Valley Center Community Planning Group. Supervisors voted 5-0 on Oct. 25 to grant zoning reclassification, a major use permit and other permissions sought by San Diego-based Touchstone Communities.

Touchstone Communities intends to build a range of housing types on a roughly 74-acre site, ranging from 101 traditional homes to 167 “cluster” and “alley” homes that are detached but built in clusters of six, eight or 10 on smaller lots.

In addition, the project plans to build a 2.6-acre public park in its center that will include a stage for events, lawn, fire pits, basketball courts, fitness equipment, tot-lots and bathrooms.

The project will also include nearly two acres of private parks, a private recreational area, 4.4 miles of trails, a dog park and open space around Moosa Creek, which runs through the site. The project’s 4.2-acre commercial area plans to include an 1,800-square-foot restaurant with drive-through and four commercial retail buildings for shops.

Board of Supervisors chair Dianne Jacob said Park Circle had community support and fit within the County’s General Plan, which was updated in 2011 and focuses on putting development where infrastructure exists and restricts homes in vulnerable and sensitive areas.

Touchstone Communities executives say they expect their homes when built to cost between the $400,000 and $600,000.

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