San Diego's Fanita Ranch Plan May Soon Be Finito
11/8/2008: Echoing concerns brought by the Center for Biological Diversity, Preserve Wild Santee, and Endangered Habitats League, last Thursday a San Diego Superior Court judge wisely ruled that the proposed Fanita Ranch project violated state law by failing to deal with fire-safety risks. The 1,400-unit, 2,600-acre development, proposed for Santee, California's northern edge, was approved by the city last December, but concerns over the project's environmental and public-safety risks prompted the Center and allies to sue. Thursday's ruling cites the problem Fanita Ranch would pose in a wildlands area subjected to frequent and severe wildfires -- especially when the project failed to include a single adequate fire-management plan.
The Fanita Ranch site also happens to be home to the threatened California gnatcatcher and the endangered Quino checkerspot butterfly, both threatened by development and unnaturally frequent fire. Fanita Ranch's final fate is yet to be decided in court.
Read more in the San Diego Union-Tribune. http://www.biologicaldiversity.org/news/center/articles/2008/san-diego-union-tribune-11-08-2008.html