Community groups, city planners and the developers behind Farmers Field are meeting over the next several weeks to resolve disputes over the proposed stadium.
The mediation is not binding. It’s happening because a provision of the state law that fast-tracked AEG’s stadium project also provided ways for community groups to raise problems they see in the environmental impact report.
Twenty groups that submitted comments about the report asked to meet with the developers and the city. So now that’s happening, with mediators from Pepperdine’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution running the sessions. Environmental and community groups have voiced an overlapping set of objections to Farmers Field that run from traffic concerns to climate change policies to neighborhood impacts.
Now they’ll have overlapping meetings with the city and AEG to seek a resolution.
By law, the mediation meetings must end by the end of June. If community groups win concessions during the mediation, they’ll become legally binding in a final agreement between the city of L.A. and the developers of Farmers Field.