A California agency has agreed not to oppose U2 guitarist The Edge's plan to build five mansions on a ridgeline overlooking Malibu in exchange for more than £600,000 in funding and other services.
The Los Angeles Times said the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy board voted 3-2 for the agreement this week.
In return, the musician and his partners will pay £452,000 to help pay for trail work and up to £150,000 for consulting services.
But the project must still get final approval and survive any legal challenges. Neighbouring residents and environmentalists are concerned about biological and visual impacts in such a sensitive habitat.