Deal for new city fu­els boom in LA County de­vel­op­ment

Ripon Bulletin - - State / Nation -

LOS AN­GE­LES (AP) — A new city of 58,000 res­i­dents could rise in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia now that a deal has been reached to end a decades-long de­vel­op­ment bat­tle.

Environmental groups on Mon­day agreed to the pact, clear­ing the way for the Ne­whall Ranch project in­volv­ing the con­struc­tion of thou­sands of new homes in the Santa Clarita Val­ley, the Los An­ge­les Times re­ported.

It will join other large de­vel­op­ments in the works along the In­ter­state 5 cor­ri­dor that to­gether are likely to trans­form one of the last un­de­vel­oped sec­tions of Los An­ge­les County.

To the north, de­vel­op­ers built a mas­sive out­let mall and are plan­ning a hous­ing and re­sort project at Te­jon Ranch.

The project about 35 miles north of down­town Los An­ge­les was pro­posed dur­ing the de­vel­op­ment boom of the 1980s but was stalled re­peat­edly by protests and le­gal chal­lenges.

Un­der the deal, de­vel­oper FivePoint Hold­ings agreed to pro­vide $25 mil­lion for con­ser­va­tion ef­forts aimed at pro­tect­ing an ar­ray of en­dan­gered species from plans to build the new city along a six-mile (10-mile) stretch of the Santa Clara River.

“We are glad to have the im­por­tant ben­e­fits in place for the cli­mate and for the com­mu­nity,” Aruna Prab­hala, staff at­tor­ney for the Cen­ter of Bi­o­log­i­cal Di­ver­sity, told The Sig­nal news­pa­per in Santa Clarita.

The de­vel­oper also signed a sep­a­rate pro­pri­etary agree­ment with the Wish­toyo Foun­da­tion, a non­profit Na­tive Amer­i­can or­ga­ni­za­tion, to pro­vide a par­cel of land and undis­closed fund­ing for con­struc­tion of a mul­ti­mil­lion-dol­lar cul­tural cen­ter on an­ces­tral lands within the de­vel­op­ment.

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