Fanita Ranch Essential Housing Project (EHP2021-1)


SCH Number
Public Agency
City of Santee
Document Title
Fanita Ranch Essential Housing Project (EHP2021-1)
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption
Document Description
This is a certification of the Fanita Ranch Project as an Essential Housing Project in accordance with Ordinance No. 592, which would boost housing production and improve housing affordability in order to achieve the goals set forth in the City’s Housing Element (Sixth Cycle: 2021-2029). The Fanita Ranch Project proposes a community consisting of approximately 2,949 residential units under a preferred land use plan with school, or 3,008 units under a land use plan without school, up to 80,000 square feet of commercial uses, parks, open space, and agricultural uses. Development on the Project site would be clustered into three villages in order to designate approximately 63 percent of the site as Habitat Preserve. The natural open space outside the development areas would be dedicated to the City’s Multiple Species Conservation Program for long-term protection and management as a Habitat Preserve.

Contact Information

Chris Jacobs
Agency Name
City of Santee
Job Title
Principal Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Diego
Southern California
Cross Streets
Northerly extensions of Fanita Parkway and Cuyamaca Street
Total Acres
Parcel #
APN 380-040-43, APN 380-040-44, APN 374-030-02, APN 374-050-02, APN 374-060-01, APN 376-010-06
State Highways
SR-52, SR-125, SR-67
SD MTS Trolley
Gillespie Field, MCAS Miramar
Sycamore Canyon School
San Diego River
Other Location Info
The Fanita Ranch Project site consists of approximately 2,638 acres of land located in the northern portion of the City of Santee (City) in eastern San Diego County. The site lies north of State Route (SR) 52 and west of SR-67 and would be accessed from the future northerly extensions of Fanita Parkway and Cuyamaca Street via Mast Boulevard. The Project site is bordered by Marine Corps Air Station Miramar and Padre Dam Municipal Water District facilities to the west including Santee Lakes Recreation Preserve; open space/recreational areas including Goodan Ranch Regional Park and Sycamore Canyon Open Space Preserve to the north and west; City residential neighborhoods to the south and the unincorporated residential community of Eucalyptus Hills to the east.

Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Type, Section or Code
Sec. 21080(b)(1); 15268
Reasons for Exemption
The determination of the Development Services Director to certify a project as an Essential Housing Project is a ministerial action that is exempt from CEQA in accordance with Public Resources Code §21080(a) and (b)(1) and CEQA Guidelines section 15061(b)(3).
County Clerk
San Diego


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