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Cumming Ranch Project: Complete Coverage

Cumming Ranch will continue to be an important development far into the future; continue to check back here for the latest developments.

The importance of the 125 housing tract, dubbed Cumming Ranch, will continue as the discussion of conditions of its development and the long-term implications of its approval continue to be discussed.

We will continue to gather information and compile it here as we update the situation with new stories. They will all be listed here with the latest developments first.

On Jan. 30, the County Board of Supervisors unanimously voted to approve the Cumming Ranch Project, despite being called "liable" for future deaths on Highway 67.

In August, the Cumming Ranch Project was backed by County Planning Commission despite public resistance.

Ramona resident Robin Maxson voiced her opinion on July 2011 about the Ramona Community Planning Group supporting the project.

In December 2010, the proposed project received support from the Ramona Community Planning Group.

Advocate groups are making efforts to dispose of the project with the help of websites like No Cumming Ranch and Citizens for a Rural Ramona.

The housing proposal, which plans to build 125 houses on one- to two-acre lots, sits at the south end of town, off Highland Valley Road and Highway 67. Driscoll's partnership, 805 Properties, bought the ranch in 1993.

—Sam Bonacci contributed to this story.

christi January 31, 2013 at 06:32 PM
Is this going to be homes built by the developer or is it going to be lots for sale with custom homes like SDCE? Also if the developer is doing the building....what will the price range be? Curious if this project is going to be classy upscale or lower scaled homes.
Lucky Feather January 31, 2013 at 10:22 PM
This saddens me to see Ramona edge toward the fate of Poway. Poway use to be a wonderful rural country town similar to Ramona. Now it is all filled to the brim with tract homes, traffic and people who complain about dust, horses and the noise a hen makes when it lays an egg. So here is another inconsiderate Greedy Guss developer, destroying the rural community of Ramona forever. After filling their pockets, they move on to another site leaving more traffic and destroying the delicate grassland habitat forever. Very sickening! This land should be preserved as a grassland habitat for our children and all future generations.
Maria Biondo Longton February 01, 2013 at 09:03 PM
This is my third time. I trust I say what I wanted to the first time. We cannot stop development. The owner of this property has the right to develop it however he wants. He has donated 60% of his land to the Grasslands. His proposal has been greatly changed to accommodate our rural community. Some of you would not give up 3 feet for a pathway to keep rural trails, and this owner has planned to make his development GREEN. Sure better than the 400+ houses asked from the Monticetto (sp?) project. Hwy 67 is not "his problem" and it is wrong to threaten him. The State needs to deal with the problems with Hwy 67.
andrea ward March 09, 2013 at 04:12 AM
How many of these homes will be vacant within 2 years. Foreclosed upon or abandoned like a lot of other tract homes are right now. Let the owner of the property sell it. The town has spoken. They DO NOT WANT THE DEVELOPMENT. It's as simple as that. He can donate it to the grasslands and write it off and avoid a big headache. I can't see the residents of Ramona sitting down and giving up on this quite yet. This isn't't over,, not by a long shot. Come on Diane Jacobs. You were very persuasive as my teacher. Don't let this happen to Ramona. Throw your weight into this. You never know what will happen if this goes through. What's next for Ramona? We do not need any more traffic on Hwy. 67. Have you ever tried to drive to Julian on a weekend. Good luck, and it will only get a lot worse if these homes are allowed to be built. Might as well kiss the rural living goodbye.
andrea ward March 09, 2013 at 04:27 AM
Also,Maria. JUST BECAUSE YOU OWN A PLOT OF LAND DOES NOT MEAN YOU CAN DO WITH IT WHAT YOU WANT. There are always rules and regulations that you have to abide by in order to build anything on that piece of land. I'm not just referring to the grasslands project but the Montecito project as well. You are looking at more schools to be built, more roads to be cut and God only knows how many more cars and that means more much more traffic. Possibly much more than 800 cars just for the Montecito project. So,,as you sit at the Hwy.67 &Dye Rd. Signal light, trying to get home at night, think about that. Traffic already is backed up almost to Mt. Woodson now. Think about where you might be when these developers finish raping Ramona. Possibly sitting at Poway Rd. & Hwy. 67. Cussing. Better up your blood pressure medications right now.

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