San Marcos residents fighting to block development by referendum

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February 25, 2018 - BY DEBORAH SULLIVAN BRENNANquote3.png

San Marcos residents opposed to a 220-home development on Twin Oaks Valley Road have collected signatures for a referendum against the project.

Residents who fear a planned development will create problems for roads, schools and safety in San Marcos are trying to take the project to voters in November, in hopes of reversing the City Council’s approval.

About 80 volunteers circulated petitions at local parks, cafes, and school drop-off and pickup sites in recent weeks in an effort to get the 4,224 signatures required to place the issue on the November election. They say they have collected 5,000 signatures, and will submit them to the city clerk for validation next week.

UT_Photo.jpg“Our referendum takes it out of the hands of the City Council and puts it on the ballot,” said Tara Bennett, an organizer of the petition drive.

“There’s been very little pushback from people when we’ve been out collecting signatures,” said organizer Rebecca Shipley. “It has been very easy to collect signatures and get people interested.”

San Marcos faces rapid growth that strains both its school campuses and available housing. The Brookfield project would add 220 new homes at the intersection of Twin Oaks Valley Road and Village Drive, near Cal State San Marcos.

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