Conservation groups including EHL filed suit against this project, which would fragment an important core biological area in the San Diego Multiple Species Conservation Program.

Over the last decade, Fanita Ranch has been subject to more than one citizen ballot initiative, and to multiple reversals of fortune. The property has riparian habitat, grasslands, and prime coastal sage scrub is expected to recover following recent fires. Its ecologically valuable is enhanced by proximity to Miramar Naval Air Station. Rather than consolidating development, however, the City of Santee and state and federal wildlife agencies approved dispersed pods that sprawl over the 2600 acres.

In the litigation filed under the California Environmental Quality Act, EHL is represented by staff attorney Michael Fitts.