Peñasquitos Residents Sue City, Developers Over Junipers Project
Alexander Nguyen, August 10, 2021
group of residents in Rancho Peñasquitos last week
sued the city and developers over The Junipers housing project.
development is a 536-unit senior community slated for the
defunct Carmel Highland Golf Course, formerly the Doubletree
Golf Course. It is one of three developments at the corner
of Peñasquitos Drive and Carmel Mountain Road.
Saamsani lives across the street from the construction of
Millennium PQ a 331-unit apartment homes project. It's
right below where The Junipers will be built. She said her
main concern with the project is the evacuation route.
are) more than a thousand houses on this street and there
are no other ways for them to leave except for Peñasquitos
Drive, she said.
a concern for a lot of residents in Northeast Peñasquitos.
Peñasquitos Drive is a four-lane street near Carmel
Mountain Road, but travel a few hundred yards away from the
intersection and it turns into a two-lane road.
over an adequate evacuation route is part of the reason why
Peñasquitos Northeast Action Group (PQ-NE) is suing
the city to stop The Junipers project.
are very landlocked. We have one way in and one way out. That
hill there, thats the Black Mountain Open Preserve,"
PQ-NE board member Mike Slaven said. "Ive been
evacuated twice in the 19 years that Ive lived here.
Its a danger waiting to happen. Were one of the
few communities that does not have an approved fire plan because
we only have one way in, one way out.
group also alleges the city and developers violated the California
Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), community plan, San Diego
City general plan and municipal code.
essence, what the case is saying is, the city approved a project
thats gonna dump a lot of bad impacts," said Everett
DeLano, PQ-NE's attorney. "Impacts in terms of fire safety,
impact in terms of traffic impacts and other kinds of impacts
onto the community without adequately addressing those.
has been trying to work with the developers and the city on
this issue but got nowhere, he said. So they felt the lawsuit
was the only way their voices could be heard.
San Diego City Attorney's Office said it will review the complaint
and respond in court. Lennar Homes, The Junipers developer,
did not respond to a request for comments.
said he and his group are not against development but that
they want safe development.
who is not part of PQ-NE, said she would feel better about
The Junipers development if a second access point to nearby
Interstate 15 were built. Right now the only entrance to I-15
is on Carmel Mountain Road.
would be very reasonable and very safe for everybody to come
and go," she said. "And the traffic will less during
everyday traffic and also during emergencies."