Description: Challenge to large development project on border of Los Angeles County and Kern County.
Center for Biological Diversity v. County of Los Angeles
Filing Date Type File Action Taken Summary 05/28/2019 Petition for Writ of Mandate Download Petition for writ of mandate filed. Lawsuit Filed Challenging “New, Sprawl City” on Edge of Los Angeles County. In May 2019, the Center for Biological Diversity and California Native Plant Society filed a lawsuit challenging the environmental review for a development project on 12,323 acres on Los Angeles County’s border with Kern County. The project, which the petition called “a new, sprawl city,” would include 19,333 houses and 8.4 million square feet of commercial, industrial, and business park uses. The petitioners alleged that the project is “exactly the type of leapfrog sprawl development that climate legislation such as SB 375 sought to prevent” and that it would generate 75,000 new vehicle trips per day, with an average trip length of 45 miles. The petitioners contended that the greenhouse gas emissions generated by these trips “will be many orders of magnitude greater than those of a non-sprawl development and will hinder California's efforts to combat climate change.” They asserted, among other things, that the project’s greenhouse gas emissions were not adequately analyzed or mitigated in Los Angeles County’s California Environmental Quality Act review and that the project is inconsistent with the greenhouse gas goals of the Los Angeles County General Plan.