San Diego County approves Otay Ranch development, activists threaten lawsuits

Despite objections from the state Attorney General and various environmental activists, the San Diego County Board of Supervisors approved a large development in a fire-prone area northeast of Chula Vista.

The Board relied on the testimony of Cal Fire San Diego Unit Chief Tony Mecham, who said the Otay Ranch Village 13 development, “of all the projects that we’ve brought before the board, is probably the safest from a fire protection standpoint.”

The proposed development, dubbed Otay Ranch Resort Village, features 1,938 homes, a resort hotel, elementary school, fire station, more than 3 miles of trails, 40,000 square feet of commercial space, and 1,107 acres of nature preserves.

It would be located just northeast of Eastlake and south of Otay Village 14, another large development approved by the Board of Supervisors in June.

Attorney General Xavier Becerra and environmental activists from the Sierra Club said approving such a large development

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