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Land sale won’t hurt species

Sterling Gateway will set aside breeding area for spadefoot toad

Posted: December 3, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: December 3, 2012 2:00 a.m.

The county has agreed to sell about 9,000 square feet of undeveloped land to a local firm so the company can move ahead with proposed residential and commercial developments in Castaic.

The 8,981 square feet of surplus county land, for which Sterling Gateway LP will pay the assessed value of $4,000, will allow the developer to set aside a breeding area for the Western spadefoot toad, classified a “species of special concern” by the California Department of Fish and Game.

The newly purchased property would provide Sterling Gateway with the land necessary to create a pond where the toads can mate.

William T. Fujioka, Los Angeles County’s chief executive officer, said in a report that such a pond would allow the toads to breed for four years, after which the area could be designated a park.

Fujioka also said a biological survey of the area shows that, due to the specific topography and drainage of the area, Western spadefoot toads would likely thrive in a seasonal pool created there.

Sterling Gateway is a planned 75-acre business park that would accompany a planned 254-home residential development. The developments have been stalled due to concerns with the environmental impact of the project.

Both developments would be located approximately a mile west of Interstate 5 at the Hasley Canyon Road exit.

Representatives from Sterling Gateway did not respond to requests for comment last week.




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