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Appeals Court Hears Newhall Ranch Arguments

Environmentalists opposed to Newhall Ranch, along with the developer expected to start building it, presented arguments Wednesday for and against the 21,000-home development west of Interstate 5 along Highway 126. Officials representing the Center for Biological...

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Highway 126 Expansion to Begin Soon

Citing a need to address growing traffic concerns and the potential for short and long-term economic benefits, a partnership of state and county agencies is planning to break ground on a $50 million project to expand and reroute Highway 126 near the Valencia Commerce...

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Sierra Club Opposes Valencia Water Acquisition

Santa Clarita Valley, CA - In a detailed letter to California Attorney General Kamala Harris, delivered to the Los Angeles office last Friday, and a second letter to the California Public Utilities Commission, the Sierra Club listed extensive objections and legal...

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Newhall Ranch Moving Forward with Sanitation District

The Newhall Land and Farming Co. has met with a series of roadblocks as it seeks approval for its Newhall Ranch development west of Interstate 5. A lawsuit was filed by local environmental groups last week, but the Newhall Ranch Sanitation District will conduct its...

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Judge: Water Purchase Complaint Remains Valid

A state administrative law judge has refused to throw out an environmental group’s complaint over a Santa Clarita Valley water district deal. Santa Clarita Organization for Planning and the Environment, a long-standing local environmental group, filed a complaint...

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SCV Development Questions Remain

One remaining unresolved element in the decade-in-the-making Santa Clarita Valley master plan for development could place large swaths of land under strict new development guidelines. The county in November approved the “One Valley, One Vision” development plan, a...

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UPDATE: Court Denies Newhall Land Attempts to Remove Judge

Newhall Land Development Inc. has failed in its bid to remove the judge who ruled that Newhall Ranch needs further environmental review. The motion by Newhall Land asked that Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ann Jones be disqualified from further ruling on cases...

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Ed and Joan Dunn: Water Plan is Repeating Bad Precedent

Regarding “Valencia Water Co. buy approved” (Dec. 13), $73.8 million paid to Newhall Land Development/Lennar in a special meeting with only 24-hour notice just before the holidays! What ever happened to transparent and honest government? When there is little oversight...

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CLWA to Consider Buying Valencia Water Co. from Newhall Land

Castaic Lake Water Agency’s Board of Directors is scheduled Wednesday night (Dec. 12) to consider authorizing Agency staff to initiate the purchase of Valencia Water Company, a move that would bring 84 percent of Santa Clarita Valley retail water connections under...

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Newhall Land, Judge Trade Salvos

The dispute over environmental effects of the proposed Newhall Ranch development has focused on a fight between the developer and the judge who ruled more environmental studies were required before bulldozers could move in. Newhall Land Development Inc.’s bid to bar...

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Newhall Land Seeks Judge’s Removal

Newhall Land Development Inc. has filed motions to remove the Los Angeles Superior Court judge who issued a setback last month to the developer’s planned Newhall Ranch. The longtime Santa Clarita Valley firm challenged Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Ann I....

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UPDATE: Newhall Ranch Dealt Setback

A Los Angeles County Superior Court judge dealt a blow to Newhall Ranch this week, ordering additional environmental study on the proposed 20,000-home development west of Santa Clarita. In her decision dated Monday, Judge Ann I. Jones ruled that the project violated...

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Newhall Ranch Development Hits New Snag

Plans for the Newhall Ranch residential development project hit a snag this week as a Los Angeles Superior Court judge issued a preliminary ruling supporting allegations that the project does not do enough to protect endangered species in the area. In her statement of...

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Water Certificate Issued for Newhall Ranch

After more than a decade of addressing water and environmental concerns, officials at Newhall Land Development Inc. announced Tuesday they have received a green light from the regional water board to proceed with Newhall Ranch. Newhall Land officials received word...

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