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Deal for new city fuels Los Angeles County development boom

LOS ANGELES — A new city of 58,000 residents could rise in Southern California now that a deal has been reached to end a decades-long development battle.

Environmental groups on Monday agreed to the pact, clearing the way for the Newhall Ranch project involving the construction of thousands of new homes in the Santa Clarita Valley. The deal requires 10,000 solar installations and stringent measures to cut greenhouse gases, according to a statement from the Center for Biological Diversity.

“No matter what, this massive development was going to break ground in a matter of months, so we’re glad to have these important benefits in place for wildlife, the climate and local communities,” said Aruna Prabhala, a staff attorney at the center.

It will join other large developments in the works along the Interstate 5 corridor that together are likely to transform one of the last undeveloped sections of Los Angeles County.

To the north, developers built a massive outlet mall and are planning a housing and resort project at Tejon Ranch.

 

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