LA County Supervisors approve Newhall Ranch project despite environmental objections

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Tuesday gave final approval to the first phase of the massive Newhall Ranch project near Santa Clarita. The vote came after 15 years of litigation and investor changes.

Eventually, the Lennar Corporation plans to build more than 20,000 homes, seven public schools, a commercial district, a regional park and a golf course in rugged open space in Northern L.A. County.

Some environmental and Native American groups decried approval. They argued the project will increase traffic, contaminate ground water and that the open space should be protected. A spokesman for the developer said Lennar met all state and local regulations and promised the project would bring thousands of temporary and permanent new jobs.

Under the first phase, known as Landmark Village, Lennar will build more than 1,100 condominiums and 270 homes. The company plans to break ground next year.

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