The Sacramento Business Journal's Ben van der Meer reports on a compromise, nearly 10 years in the making, between developer Mountainside Partners and conservationists such as the Trust for Public Land.

Mountainside Partners, along with partner Sierra Pacific Industries, proposed a development of 1,360 homes about a decade ago but soon ran afoul of local conservation efforts. In the end, Mountainside agreed to develop just 760 units instead, with the remaining acreage linked to existing conservation areas.

“The key stakeholders have been collaborating for almost 10 years,” said Blake Riva, managing partner with Mountainside Partners. “We believe it’s a win-win scenario.”

With the transfer of development rights, and subsequent conservation designation for the other property, more than 50,000 acres in Martis Valley will be protected from development.
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