Ending a long legal battle over development impacts on endangered species, conservation groups and Diablo Grande Limited Partnership, developer of the Diablo Grande development project, reached a mediated settlement agreement on September 30, 2004. The agreement allows construction to begin on approximately 2000 homes while acquiring and permanently protecting habitat for the endangered California red-legged frog and San Joaquin kit fox.
Elements of the compromise includes:
- The placement of 12,700 acres of undeveloped land on the Diablo Grande site into a wildlife conservation easement.
- A donation of $3 million to a third party conservation organization for future purchases of property within western Stanislaus County for conservation purposes and, more specifically, to protect habitat of the frog and the fox.
- An agreement ends future litigation over the project.
Protect Our Water and the San Joaquin Raptor/Wildlife Rescue Center were represented by Earthjustice in this legal action.