Newhall Ranch 2006 Update
FSCR, the Santa Clara River Alliance, environmental legal council and an array of other environmental groups continue to monitor the progress of this project through the LA Planning process and the State and Federal permitting process. All of these agencies have pending environmental documents expected to be released for public review during the next 3 to 10 months. What can the public expect and how can you help? We want you to have answers.
The LA County planning document expected soonest is a Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the first tract proposed in the Newhall Ranch. Currently this is referred to as Landmark Village and is located west of Interstate 5 along Highway 126. This tract includes an elementary school, retail center and housing. It is sited directly in the floodplain of the river and is adjacent to the Chiquita Canyon Landfill. (and is within the inundation plain of Castaic Dam)
At this time the entire Newhall Ranch project Specific Plan has begun to take on significant changes. The project now includes four large conceptual areas referred to as: Landmark Village, Heritage Village, Mission Village and Potrero Village.
The two other agencies preparing a Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Report (DEIS/DEIR )are the US Army Corps of Engineers (ACOE) and the California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG). This combined document is expected out later in the year. This document intends to analyze the impacts of Newhall Ranch on the environment; habitat, species, streams, the river, air, water, and much more. All three agencies' reports must adequately inform elected officials who are deciding to approve or disapprove projects on the basis of laws that protect us and our environment.
What can you do?
Remember that you can make a difference. This process is far from over and at this time there are no approvals that allow anything to be built. Your letters and comments at public hearings are crucial in this process. FSCR and other groups will alert the public when your participation is important. STAY TUNED! Visit www.fscr.org and please volunteer to help where your can.