Last Friday a California Superior Court judge quietly tossed out a lawsuit that had been filed by developers against the cities of Los Angeles and Santa Clarita for their opposition to a mini-city development of 5,500 homes between the two cities.
The two cities rejected the development due to its environmental impact in March, but the developers sued for $100 million soon after. The judge threw out all claims made by developer Los Lomas Land Company.
The development was proposed for the north San Fernando Valley near I-5 and Highway 14. The area is already a huge traffic bottleneck and further development would have only made it worse.
“I am delighted that after six years of fighting this ill-conceived project, it appears to be finally dead,” said LA City Councilman Greig Smith, who led a coalition of community and environmental groups in opposition of the project. “This victory is a great holiday gift for the community.”
Considering that there are 18.6 million empty homes in America, perhaps we should consider a different strategy than building new ones.