Court Upholds 2nd Phase of Newhall Ranch Development

The Newhall Land and Farming Co. announced Tuesday that the Los Angeles Superior Court has upheld the extensive environmental review process that was conducted for the company’s Mission Village development, a village within Newhall Ranch.

In upholding the environmental review, the court denied in its entirety the writ filed by Friends of the Santa Clara River, SCOPE and others to nullify approval of the Environmental Impact Report for Mission Village by the County of Los Angeles.

The 4,055-home Mission Village community would be the second phase of Newhall Ranch, following the initial 1,342-home Landmark Village development west of Interstate 5.

Today’s action follows two other court victories by Newhall Land. On Feb. 3, the Superior Court decided in favor of the Newhall Ranch Landmark Village development and its related EIR. On March 20 the Court of Appeals upheld the extensive EIR approved by the California Department of Fish and Wildlife for the entire Newhall Ranch project.

“We are very pleased with the strong and clear ruling by the Superior Court that affirms the County’s extensive review of Mission Village and its detailed EIR complying with the California Environmental Quality Act requirements,“ said Marlee Lauffer, Newhall Land spokesperson.

“During the past 15 years, Valencia and Newhall Ranch-related projects have been subject to more than 20 lawsuits, filed mostly by the same group of opponents,” said Lauffer. “Their repeated arguments have been systematically rejected by the courts.”

When fully built out, Mission Village is anticipated to include 4,055 homes, an elementary school and almost 6000 permanent new jobs on 1,262 acres just west of Magic Mountain and directly south of the SR-126/I-5 interchange. The project, which includes nearly 600 acres of open space, is part of the fully approved and court validated Newhall Ranch Specific Plan.

The Superior Court’s decision upheld the Mission Village EIR, determining that the County of Los Angeles had acted appropriately and with sufficient information to approve all environmental clearances. “Today’s decision once again confirms further that the environmental analysis and work by the County of Los Angeles was completed diligently and properly”, said Emile Haddad, President and CEO of Five Point Communities, the development manager for Newhall Land. “We continue to value our working relationship with the County and are thankful for their efforts. We look forward to bringing to life this Mission Village community as part of the Newhall Ranch master plan.”

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