County To Approve $1 Billion Land Deal

Despite threats of lawsuits, Riverside County, CA is poised to adopt a $1-billion conservation plan that will govern growth for the next 75 years.
June 18, 2003, 7am PDT | Chris Steins | @urbaninsight
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"Riverside County... is home to scores of fast-disappearing plant and animal species [whose] habitat is being eaten up by encroaching development, and now road and housing projects in sensitive areas face lengthy, expensive delays when building permits are sought... Public funds combined with development fees and incentives would be used to acquire up to 153,000 acres that are home to 146 endangered or potentially endangered species. That would be added to 350,000 acres of existing public lands, including the San Bernardino National Forest. In exchange, under the proposal, the U.S. Interior Department would grant a giant "take" permit in 14 cities and the county."

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Published on Tuesday, June 17, 2003 in The Los Angeles Times
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