A California Court of Appeal on Monday, July 11, 2016, provided guidance for future environmental review of the Newhall Ranch development by ruling unanimously to limit the scope of review to two issues previously identified by the California Supreme Court.
In November 2015, the Supreme Court asked for the California Department of Fish and Wildlife environmental impact report for Newhall Ranch to include more detailed information concerning greenhouse gas emissions, and for the development plans to more fully protect an endangered fish during construction of two new bridges.
After thoroughly summarizing the previously issued Supreme Court ruling, the decision from a three-‐judge panel of the California Second Appellate District sent the matter back to a trial court with guidance to focus on those same two issues.
FivePoint spokesman Steve Churm made the following statement:
“We appreciate the diligence of the appellate court in rejecting challenges to the Newhall project and requiring only a reassessment of greenhouse gas emissions and impacts on unarmored threespine stickleback. We look forward to working with state and county officials to resolve these issues, and are confident we can meet the court’s direction with a project that protects the environment while meeting the public’s need for new jobs and housing.”