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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 12, 2000
In a case closely watched by environmentalists and builders, a divided California Coastal Commission agreed Tuesday to let a developer pave a small, debris-filled wetland to build townhomes and duplexes in Huntington Beach. Commissioners, voting 7 to 5 after a contentious four-hour public hearing, rejected staff recommendations to preserve the 0.7-acre patch of brackish freshwater wetland near Pacific Coast Highway and Beach Boulevard.
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April 9, 2000 | SALLY ANN CONNELL, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Forged in the sweat of farm workers, this once rural Santa Barbara County town is being reshaped into a suburban mecca by newcomers seeking affordable homes along California's pricey Central Coast. Housing tracts are being hastily constructed within earshot of strawberry workers bent to load trays in nearby fields. New cul-de-sacs are suddenly sprouting sport utility vehicles and portable basketball hoops.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 25, 2000 | SUE FOX
The city Planning Commission approved the construction of 147 luxury homes in Dayton Canyon on Thursday, a development that also preserves 275 acres of open space in the Santa Monica Mountains. No one testified against the proposal by SunCal Cos., an Anaheim-based developer that agreed to modify parts of its project to satisfy environmental groups and residents.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 2000 | SUE FOX, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Residents along Cornell Road at first favored the county's new plan for the Santa Monica Mountains, a blueprint proposing tighter restrictions on suburban sprawl. Now, as a developer prepares to build a large subdivision nearby, they are not so sure. The proposed Santa Monica Mountains North Area Plan, still in hearings before the Regional Planning Commission, encourages developers to build homes in clusters to leave more open space.
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