In the same month that the Foundation was granted its non-profit status, we were able to assist in galvanizing the community against development yet again when Stonedene's only tenant, Woodbridge Homes, submitted an informal development proposal to the city to build six homes on the privately owned three acres.
This proposal included moving Morgan's carriage house to the far side of the main house and rerouting the ingress/egress. To facilitate this move, the archeological midden would have been trenched and graded all the way around the house to the edges of the property, disturbing any human remains and necessitating the removal of ancient valley oaks. The ingress/egress change would have destroyed the pioneer rock wall across the front in places and compromised it in others.
The Foundation contacted people, held meetings and gathered signatures to express opposition to the development. We had much help from friends of the site and various organizations who had opposed development a decade before. Those learning about the historic Martin/Stonedene site for the first time were astounded that such a place existed in the community and were enthusiastic about its preservation.
A rebuttal to the proposal was submitted to the city by the Stonedene Foundation utilizing Professor Ambro's report to show the archeological and historical importance of the site, and how destructive the proposed trenching and grading would be. Because of this and the public outcry, the developer was told by the city that an environmental impact report would be required before a formal development proposal could be submitted. (A study of this kind is extremely expensive. The city of Vallejo had just finished one with a cost of $70,000.) The Department of Planning and Development also noted:
"City staff does not support changing the land use designations for this site... The Stonedene Planned Development overlay has specific requirements relating to this site... A General Plan amendment and Rezoning would be required for this development to move forward."
It appeared that development of the historic Martin/Stonedene site had been stymied again. At least for a minute.