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San Diego Sees Environmental Victory

Posted: Dec. 4th, 2012  |  By Michael Pearse
Canyon in San Diego
KPBS

The San Diego City Council has voted and will preserve over 6,000 acres of undeveloped chaparral, an impressive victory in the eyes of everyone but the environmentalists who fought tooth and nail for even more preserved land. The impressive 6,000 acre value was barely half of the desired region for protection, but expiring legislation made any land dedication desirable over development.

The San Diego City Council has voted to preserve 6,572 acres of additional open space, making it off limits to development. The vote was called a victory for environmentalists, even though they wanted the city to preserve even more land.

The council voted to "dedicate" the open space, which is found throughout the city of San Diego. Dedication is the highest level of protection. It means two-thirds of city voters must approve any building project on any of that land.

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