A divided California Supreme Court on Monday threw out an environmental impact report for Newhall Ranch, a planned community in the Santa Clarita Valley — an action that a dissenting justice said would delay development by years.
The state’s highest court, in a ruling written by Justice Kathryn Mickle Werdegar, faulted the environmental report for failing to fully consider the project’s impact on greenhouse gas emissions and for not adequately protecting the endangered unarmored threespine stickleback, a fish.
Justice Ming W. Chin, in a dissent, said the environmental impact report could be easily corrected but the continued litigation would delay the project by years.
“Delay the project long enough and it has to meet new targets, and then perhaps new targets after that,” Chin wrote. “ All this is a recipe for paralysis.”
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