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Association concerned about project

RANCHO SANTA FE — The Association granted a developer a six-month extension on gathering enough signatures supporting its project from its neighbors, but at least four of the directors told him they had problems with the proposed development. At their meeting held Jan. 6, the directors said their vote to extend the time-line should not be misconstrued as a vote of support for the project.
Director Jack Queen said he was not sure about having such a large project in such a rural place.
“This is not to be seen as encouragement,” Queen said.
Board President Tom Lang agreed.
“I have concerns about the project. I want to voice those concerns now,” Lang said.
Director Dick Doughty called the project “grossly inappropriate.”
“I want to make certain this is not misconstrued that the board approves,” Director Deb Plummer said, adding that signature gatherers should not make it appear that it does.
Only Director Jack Dorsee said he is not sure the project is so undesirable.
“Everyone seems down on retirement projects. On the other side of the coin, we are going to need some senior facilities down here,” Dorsee said.
On July 27, 2010, George McGill, president of Quantum Estates II, Inc., approached the board with a proposed 38-casita project that would be used for senior housing.
McGill said these units were to be lower maintenance and homeowners could simply “lock and leave,” them when they wanted to go away.
Located on Del Dios Highway, nearly adjacent to Paseo Delicias, which is considered a gateway into the community, the project requires a covenant modification. As a part of the process, there must be notification of property owners within 500 feet of the project. Six months, in this case until Dec. 15, was given to get the signatures of consent from the neighbors.
McGill said his company has had a little difficulty contacting all the neighbors, partly because of the holidays with many people traveling.
“It is sort of like painting the Golden Gate Bridge,” he said. “You get to one end and have to start painting again on the other end.”
According to Association policy, if the developer cannot meet the deadline, a one-time six-month extension may be granted by the Association.
The board granted Quantum the extension until July 11, 2011.