Innovative Housing Plan

Another North County affordable housing project in the works also deserves note for local innovation and for the multiple benefits it will provide.

Last week the San Pasqual Indian band of Mission Indians unveiled a plan to lease reservation land for a 600-home project northeast of Escondido. The project, Lake Wohlford Highlands, will produce income and jobs for the reservation, and it will be a boon for home buyers squeezed out of the expensive San Diego County housing market. The manufactured homes on the reservation will cost about 75% of what they would elsewhere.

The San Pasqual reservation is the first to use the idea in San Diego County.

It’s an idea with promise and far fewer downsides than the landfills and toxic waste dumps that other reservations have considered.