Voters in the City of Orange in 2004 pass a referendum, drafted by the firm, that rejects the Fieldstone project, which would have allowed sprawl development on 110 acres of valuable open space.
After a grassroots group in Los Altos Hills qualifies an initiative, drafted by the firm, to preserve 157 acres of public open space and recreation lands, the City Council in 2003 adopts the measure outright.
The firm successfully defends against litigation by the City of Marina challenging an urban growth boundary initiative drafted by the firm and adopted by the City’s voters. The court holds that the City’s suit against the measure is an unlawful strategic lawsuit against public participation (“SLAPP”). (City of Marina v. Landwatch (2001).)
Voters in Novato in 2001 pass a referendum, drafted by the firm, that overturns the approval of a large subdivision on the biologically rich “Bahia” property, at the mouth of the Petaluma River. Later, the land is purchased for permanent conservation.
Voters in San Juan Capistrano in 2002 pass a referendum, drafted by the firm, reversing the City’s approval of “Whispering Hills,” a gated subdivision that would have filled wetlands and cut a road through prominent ridgelines. Image by Bennilover.
In 1996 the firm begins drafting a series of initiatives that establish urban growth boundaries limiting urban sprawl and promoting infill development in Sonoma and Solano Counties. Within a few years, there are UGBs in Healdsburg, Sebastopol, Petaluma, Sonoma, Cotati, Windsor, Fairfield, and Vacaville.
Voters in San Diego County in 1993 pass the Forest Conservation Initiative, drafted by the firm for Save Our Forest and Ranchlands. The measure limits development on private lands within the Cleveland National Forest.