The Community


61% of the land, approximately 1,209 acres on-site, is proposed to be dedicated as an open space preserve and managed in perpetuity. An additional 212 acres will be preserved off-site to increase the communities’ overall conservation to 71%.

The neighborhoods plan to feature 14 community and neighborhood parks and five pocket parks—approximately 36 acres in all—to promote both active and passive outdoor recreation.

Approximately 19 miles of multi-use trails, bike paths, and pathways planned to encourage an active lifestyle for all—including equestrians, hikers, and cyclists. In addition, there are 16 trail overlooks planned.

Multiple proposed community gardens will promote healthy lifestyles while fostering a sense of community ownership and stewardship.

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Featuring seven separate and distinct neighborhoods, 
Newland Sierra will be San Diego County’s first carbon neutral community, and will be surrounded by one of the largest privately created open-space preserves in North San Diego County, with miles of scenic multi-use trails.

Residents who live here will enjoy thoughtfully created amenities, designed with their needs in mind, serving all ages and interests. The plan highlights diverse home types and styles, including those designed for active adult buyers. All will feature an architectural character that maximizes the natural resources of the site, celebrates indoor/outdoor living opportunities, and embraces North County’s unique character.

The community plans to feature a retail center offering a wide variety of services, as well as easy access to the I-15 corridor and regional services such as hospital care, higher education, and shopping.

Through a variety of ways, the community also plans to promote sustainability, and provide the latest in green technology.

Proposed Project Timeline:

Submit Specific Plan to the County of San Diego:
January 2015 and January 2016—Completed

Public Review Period for Draft Environmental Impact Report:
June 15, 2017 through August 14, 2017—Completed

Complete Final EIR with Responses to Comments:
Fall 2017—Completed

Planning Commission Hearing:
Summer 2018—Approved

Board of Supervisors Hearing:
Fall 2018






A “carbon neutral” community has a net zero GHG emissions footprint, meaning that it balances the amount of GHGs released with an equivalent amount of GHG reductions through the utilization of both on- and off-site reduction strategies.

The Sierra planned community will achieve carbon neutrality through enhanced energy efficiency and the use of renewable resources in the built environment; implementation of a comprehensive transportation demand management program designed to reduce total vehicle miles traveled; utilization of water efficient fixtures and landscape concepts; and, investment in carbon offsets with high environmental integrity and reliability.