Developer pulling permits fast, so district must decide quickly to purchase land for Pacific Highlands Ranch school

The Del Mar Union School District needs to act soon on its option to build a new school in Pacific Highlands Ranch to meet increasing enrollment demands. Superintendent Holly McClurg recently announced the latest development in their school facilities planning, which involves a proposal to combine the two Del Mar schools west of Interstate 5 and build the district’s eighth school in Pacific Highlands Ranch.

The district has a school facilities mitigation agreement with Pardee Homes to purchase a 10-acre lot on Solterra Vista Parkway once the number of permits issued reaches 1,565 units. The speed with which Pardee Homes is pulling permits and selling homes in Pacific Highlands Ranch is driving the quick timeline, McClurg said.

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