The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will address the controversial Newhall Ranch project proposed along the Santa Clara River in their meeting Tuesday starting at 9:30 a.m.
The hearing will focus on the first two tracts (6,000 units) of the 21,000-unit project to be built west of Interstate 5 on Highway 126, adjacent to the Santa Clara River, Los Angeles County’s last free-flowing river.
While a recent Supreme Court decision allowed the Newhall Ranch to move forward, Santa Clarita Valley environmental activists are challenging a claim by the developers, FivePoint (formerly Newhall Land/Lennar), that the massive project will produce zero greenhouse gasses.
Supervisors approved the project in 2011, and environmentalists believe the final Environmental Impact Report is outdated and incomplete.
The report doesn’t factor in California’s six-year drought or the impact on traffic, energy production, air quality and waste disposal that will result from the expansion of the adjacent Chiquita Canyon Landfill recently approved by the Supervisors, according to the Santa Clarita Organization for Planning and the Environment.
The report also only focuses on just two sections, greenhouse gasses and biology.
Further, the final EIR for the development’s Mission and Landmark Villages tracts (1,444 and 4,060 units, respectively) went directly to the Board of Supervisors, bypassing the Planning Commission and the usual process for public comments.
On Tuesday, SCOPE representatives will ask the Supervisors to reschedule the hearing with proper 30-day notice, and after the EIR goes to the Planning Commission first.
Tuesday’s hearing will take place in the Board of Supervisors Hearing Room at 500 W. Temple St., Los Angeles 90012.
SCOPE is setting up a carpool for Santa Clarita Valley residents who would like to attend the meeting. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Residents unable to attend may send comments to email@example.com.