Subdivision southwest of Julian approved

Plans to one day build 24 luxury homes in the hills across a huge swath of pristine land southwest of Julian were unanimously approved by the Board of Supervisors Wednesday.

Although some neighbors and environmentalist complained, the supervisors said the Hoskings Ranch development proposal to keep 85 percent of the parcels 1,416 acres as permanent open space was about as good a use for the property as could be imagined shy of the government buying it for a park or preserve.

The owners of the land, Genessee Properties Inc., have agreed not to build the homes for at least 10 years. The average lot size will be about 60 acres with the smallest being at least 40 acres.

The homes will be built south of state Routes 78 and 79 and east of Pine Hills Road, roughly a bit more than a mile southwest of downtown Julian.

The supervisors approval mirrored the county’s Planning Commission decisions back in February which also approved the plans unanimously.

“Something is going to happen to this property, let’s be realistic about it” Supervisor Dianne Jacob said. 

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