A Better Choice for

Sustainability

This project will be one of the most environmentally sustainable master-planned communities in San Diego County.

Vote Yes on Better Choice: Smart Community

  • One of the first carbon-neutral communities in San Diego County
  • Solar panels on every roof
  • Electric vehicle charging stations in every garage
  • Shuttles connecting residents to transit centers
  • Uses less than half the water as large-scale retail and luxury home development
  • All homes plumbed for grey-water reuse
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No on Better Choice: Sprawl

  • Large scale commercial
  • Big box stores and office park
  • No eco-friendly requirements

Sustainability

A Commitment to Sustainability 

This project will be one of the most environmentally sustainable master-planned communities in San Diego County. 

Solar Panels 

All homes will feature solar panels, and community buildings and streetlights will also be solar-powered. 

Vehicle Chargers 

To encourage electric vehicle use, each home will be equipped with an electric vehicle charger, helping to reduce energy needs and emissions. 

Electric Bicycles 

Electric bike stations will be placed throughout the neighborhoods to provide residents with alternative transportation within the community. 

Shuttles On- and Off-Site 

A shuttle system will connect residents internally to the community parks and amenities, and externally to public transportation networks in nearby Escondido and San Marcos. 

Fewer Peak Hour Traffic Trips 

Peak hour traffic will be reduced by nearly 1,000 trips in the mornings and 500 trips in the evenings, compared to the County’s current General Plan designation. 

To alleviate existing problems and accommodate new houses, the project will allocate $56 million for local road improvements. As part of these improvements, Deer Springs Road will be widened to four lanes from I-15 into the City of San Marcos. The I-15 interchange will also be improved. 

Today, the intersections and roads surrounding Newland Sierra operate at failing Levels of Service. With the proposed improvements, traffic will improve to passing Levels of Service. 

Less Water Used 

The Better Choice Measure reduces the property’s water needs by 51% compared to the uses allowed in the current General Plan designation. 

Neighborhoods are designed to be a model for smart water use. Each home is required to have drought-tolerant landscaping, while rainfall and runoff will be captured and directed into bioswales for landscaping and to recharge the aquifer. Additionally, homeowners will have the ability to further reduce water consumption through water re-use as each home will be plumbed for grey-water systems. 

Carbon Neutral 

The Better Choice Measure will result in no net increase in greenhouse gas emissions. It will be the first 100% carbon-neutral housing community in San Diego County.

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