Have You Ever Wondered How Newhall Ranch Became “Net Zero Newhall”?
Well I did. I knew for a long time that there was an on going battle over what would happen to the environment when you put 20,000 homes, a bunch of commercial businesses and all those people and traffic in one place. Then you add in the fact that all of that is being built along, what I believe to be, the last free flowing “un-channeled” river in Southern California, the Santa Clara River… and you get mayhem!
In November of 2016, Five Point announced a plan that will satisfy every requirement put forth by the planning commission in order to go forward with their development… and they called it “Net Zero Newhall”. So my question was, what exactly was the hoop that they had to jump through to make everyone happy?
Well, I found it. But don’t laugh, I don’t remember where I found it, I just ran across it someplace while I was searching for documents at LA County Planning and was really excited. So I copied and pasted it to a word document and closed and went on to something else. So honestly, I have no idea where I found this (silly Wendy) but it was from some planning document someplace. I promise you, I couldn’t make this stuff up… you will see when you read it.
So here it is. These are the requirements put forth by the Los Angeles Planning Commission in order to move forward with the Newhall Ranch project.
FivePoint, Net Zero Newhall and Newhall Land are trademarks of FivePoint Holdings, LLC
NET ZERO EFFECT
To address the court directives and ensure that the Project will result in no net increase of GHG emissions, the applicant is proposing the implementation of thirteen (13) new mitigation measures that would reduce, mitigate, and offset 100 percent of the Project’s GHG emissions enabling the Project to achieve net zero GHG emissions. By achieving net zero GHG emissions, the Project would not have a significant impact on global climate change. Specifically, the (13) new mitigation measures (MV 4.23-1/2-1 through MV 4.2313/2-13) would replace in full the mitigation measures set forth in Section 4.23, Global Climate Change, from the previously certified Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Plan (MMRP), and include but are not limited to the following:
⦁ Achieving Zero Net Energy standards in residential and commercial development areas, as well as for private recreation centers and public facilities;
⦁ Providing electric vehicle charging stations in every residence, and offering zero emission vehicle purchase subsidies;
⦁ Installing electric vehicle charging stations in publicly accessible areas on the Project site, as well as in publicly accessible, off-site locations within the County of Los Angeles;
⦁ Implementing a Transportation Demand Management Program (TDM) to reduce vehicles miles traveled (VMT);
⦁ Funding a building retrofit program to improve the energy efficiency of existing buildings in disadvantaged communities within Los Angeles County; and
⦁ Implementing the Newhall Ranch GHG Reduction Plan to fully offset all remaining Project-related GHG emissions to zero by undertaking or funding activities that directly reduce or sequester GHG emissions or obtaining certified carbon credits.
The proposed errata to the previously adopted MMRP is attached to this document; additional information is provided in the Recirculated Portions of the EIR, Section 2.1, Global Climate Change and Greenhouse Gas Emissions, and Section 2.3, Errata to Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Plan, dated November 2016.
In regard to the CBD litigation, previously approved CDFW mitigation measures that allowed for the collection and relocation of the unarmored threespine stickleback due to construction-related stream diversion activities in the Santa Clara River (River), were invalidated by the State Supreme Court and found to be in violation of Fish and Game Code Section 5515. To be consistent with the court decision in the CBD litigation, the County reviewed and considered a take avoidance assessment which would avoid stream diversion or construction work in the wetted channel of the Santa Clara River. The proposed modified construction methods and implementation of recommended mitigation measures would result in avoiding contact with the wetted channel of the River, and therefore eliminate the need for the fish relocation mitigation measures for the Project.