City Manager Keith Till confirmed that the Santee city council will consider the annexation of the Castlerock housing development into the city of Santee at the October 9 council meeting.
The San Diego City Council unanimously approved the 203-acre housing development project at the San Diego-Santee border at the council meeting Monday. They approved two scenarios, one where the new community becomes part of Santee, and one where it remains part of San Diego.
The Santee City Council and the Padre Dam Municipal Water District still need to approve annexation, which would then go before the Local Agency Formation Commission.
"San Diego's approval allows it to be built whether it's annexed or not," wrote Till. "San Diego indicates annexation is preferred."
At numerous public hearings City of Santee Planning Director Melanie Kush has expressed that Santee supports annexation of the site, which is north of Mast Boulevard, between Medina Drive and West Hills Parkway.
The cities of Santee and San Diego have both drawn up "letters of intent" for the annexation.
Under the first of the dual scenarios proposed, the developed portion would be detached from the City of San Diego and annexed into Santee, with most of the open space areas remaining with San Diego as part of Mission Trails Regional Park, according to city staff.
In the second of the options, a 422-housing unit version of the development would remain part of San Diego, officials said.
The project could still be derailed, but not by action of the Santee City Council, according to Till.
"The only question remaining is whether Santee will agree, as San Diego did, that the annexation should proceed. If Santee Council says no, San Diego’s approval stands and they build the project without any of the mitigation benefits that would go to Santee under the annexation scenario," wrote Till. "Of course, projects can always be delayed or derailed. But not by the City of Santee on this one."
The council was originally going to put the annexation item on the September 25 meeting, but due to scheduling conflicts and to ensure ample time for notifying the public, it was postponed.
-City News Service contributed to this post