US (CA): Orchid nursery proposal fails to take root

Plans for a large commercial orchid nursery on the city’s outskirts wilted in front of the Poway City Council Tuesday night.

Property owner Eric Ho submitted preliminary plans to build up to 10 greenhouses, each 16 feet tall and 23,000 square feet in size, on 20 acres northwest of Poway Road and Highway 67, across the road from the Iron Mountain trailhead.

The plans called for the sides of the greenhouses to be covered with plastic film sheeting. A single-family house was also proposed. The land is zoned RR-A, which permits such a use. The nursery would not be on the city’s water system and would use either well water or have water trucked in.

During Tuesday night’s non-voting development review hearing, none of the council members said they liked the idea of tall greenhouses being built in a region that has mostly open space or less-intensive agricultural uses.

Read more at the San Diego Union Tribune (Steve Dreyer)

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