Court ruling might have valley agriculture implications

A decision in a lawsuit between an environmental group and the City of Oakley appears to strengthen efforts to curb city development sprawl into certain agricultural areas. It may even have implications for enabling cities to require developers to pay into a fund that would bring about such agricultural improvements as irrigation districts. Such an arrangement could be similar to the kinds of park fees or in-lieu housing fees that developers pay instead of building parks or moderate-priced housing themselves.