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RCPG Chair Says County Getting Mixed Signals from Ramona Residents on Housing Projects

Jim Piva said Supervisor Dianne Jacob brought up a good point in regards to the lack of opposition for Montecito Ranch compared to the enormous amount of resistance from much smaller project Cumming Ranch.

The County Board of Supervisors approved of the 125-home Cumming Ranch Project last week in a unanimous vote—a project that was also unanimously approved by the Ramona Community Planning Group.

In December 2010, the proposed project received support from the Ramona Community Planning Group and was backed again in August 2012 by the County Planning Commission, despite public resistance.

Numerous residents spoke out at the Jan. 31 Board of Supervisors meeting against the housing project, but Jim Piva, chair of the RCPG attended the county meeting giving a short mention of the group's support.

"Supervisor Jacob posed an interesting question: Where were you when Montecito Ranch was going in?" Piva said at Thursday's community meeting of the Jan. 31 county meeting.

The group chair said the county gets a mixed signal when supporters or opposers aren't consistent with their views.

Piva said the community support of the Sol Orchard appeal was a great example of how Ramona should always be when presenting to the Board of Supervisors.

Check out the clip above and see what Piva said about the project at the monthly RCPG meeting in the Ramona Library on Feb. 7.

Patch will have a follow up on the planning group's discussion of the approval of Sol Orchard next week.

Unbelievable! February 08, 2013 at 11:27 PM
THIS IS UNBELIEVABLE!!! It is the planning groups job to be the liason between Ramona and the County. The fact that the planning group is not listening to Ramona is NOT RAMONA's fault! I guess Mr. Piva would like to blame Ramona for not thinking the way he does. Unfortunately for him, it is his job to be our representaive even if he community does not agree with his perspecive. The RCPG voted for Cummings Ranch even after the opponents came to RCPG. There is a petition with 4,000 signaures opposing this project! Obviously Ramona is not happy with this project, but RCPG voted for it anyway. I respect the fact that many RCPG members are small business people and in real estate and this project would financially benefit some folks here in town, but the County is getting a mixed message because RCPG is not repreenting us appropriately. my 2 cents
John Hancock February 09, 2013 at 12:27 AM
"Piva said the community support of the Sol Orchard appeal was a great example of how Ramona should always be when presenting to the Board of Supervisors." And yet the Board voted against what the people of Ramona wanted anyway.
Just a concerned citizen February 09, 2013 at 02:41 PM
It never surprises me when politicians at any level vote in favor of their own interests. Does anybody really know how this stuff happens? There are backroom deals made and then the politicrats subvert and distort policy to avoid the public scrutiny. How many people knew about Montecito Ranch? Do you think the county went to any great exercise to notify the local area? Heck no. Hide in the dark, roaches.
Joe Minervini February 09, 2013 at 05:51 PM
It would take volumes to respond to the issues brought up here. To start with, Diane Jacob knows that the approval of the 417 home Montecito Ranch development took place some years ago, when the make-up of the Planning Group was more pro-development/growth than the current make-up of the current Planning Group (thanks, in part, to groups like the Citizens For A Rural Ramona). The Montecito Ranch developers had to give up hundreds upon hundreds of acres to the County in the form of "Grasslands," aka County "Land Bank," before they would be given permission to build over 400 homes in 2 clusters on small lots. No home in Ramona should be built on parcels less that 2 acres....most of the Montecito Ranch homes and the Cumming Ranch homes will be on lots 3/4 acres or less. As for the UGLY Solar factory (Ramona St. & Warnock) which was approved last week by the Board of Supervisors (BOS), this is the biggest slap in the face for Ramona by the BOS in the last 2 decades. The County only listens to our Ramona Community Planning Group when they want to. This is why envisionaries like P.T. & B.H. need to get their team together again and get Ramona incorporated...so that we Ramonans can decide what Ramona does.....otherwise, we will continue to get slapped around by County Staff (who always recommends approval for any development that will raise the County's tax base) and the Board of Supervisors. Joe Minervini (I'm in the phone book)

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