Twelve Years and Two Billion Bucks

Shigley, Paul
August 2006
Planning;Aug/Sep2006, Vol. 72 Issue 8, p26
Trade Publication
The article focuses on the complexities that hindered the completion of the Coachella Valley Multiple Species Habitat Conservation Plan in California. The plan, which took 12 years to create, is still pending due to opposition from one city and a lot of developers. The 75-year-plan is so massive in that it covers 27 species on 1.1 million acres including the valley itself and portions of three mountain ranges. In addition, its full implementation could cost $1.8 billion. Adding pressure to the scheme are concerns about private property rights and the plan's potential impact on desired development in the city.


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