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Planning Commission modifies Moody Creek Farms MUP

The county’s Planning Commission modified the Major Use Permit for the Moody Creek Farms equestrian facility, expanding the footprint of the MUP to the entire property while consolidating three discretionary permits into a single Major Use Permit.

The Planning Commission’s 7-0 vote April 30 will not change use activity for the Bonsall facility in the 31200 block of Via Maria Elena. While three parcels totaling 43.5 acres were covered in the footprint of the previous permits, the entire 152.8-acre site consisting of six legal parcels is now under the permit.

A 1970 Major Use Permit authorized the placement of three mobile homes for use as farm employee housing, a 1980 Major Use Permit authorized the construction and operation of public stables and also permitted the boarding, commercial breeding, and showing of horses, and a 1986 Minor Use Permit for an oversized agricultural accessory structure allowed an increase in the total agricultural structure area from 5,000 to 7,000 square feet.

The 3/4-mile horse training track is on one parcel covered by the original permits and one parcel not covered by those permits. Although the track was graded without permits in the mid-1980s, the county’s Department of Public Works issued a Major Grading

Permit for the track in May 1994, thus legalizing the grading associated with the construction of the track.

In addition to the track, the Moody Creek Farms equestrian facility includes stables, barns, riding rings and arenas, employee residences, accessory structures, and outdoor use areas associated with the equestrian facility’s operations. On-site services include horse boarding, breeding, and training, storage and maintenance of vehicles and equipment used on site, and employee services such as dining and a transportation shuttle. The Major Use Permit modification does not change the existing activities or structures.

On April 6 the Bonsall Sponsor Group voted 5-0 to recommend approval of the Major Use Permit modification.

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