California to benchmark the largest eco-friendly housing development project

Eco-Friendly Housing Development Project

California will host the largest home construction project that is meant to benchmark campaigns to counter climate change around the globe. The 21,500 homes Newhall Ranch project lying on 15,000 acres of lane 37 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles between the 5 freeway and Ventura county line has already commenced at the foothills of Santa Susana Mountains facing the Magic Mountains. After the-20 year court battle, the $12 billion construction project has commenced in what is being publicized as the largest planned community that will eliminate greenhouse gas.
FivePoint Communities, who are the main developers of the project says it wants to reach its 'NetZero greenhouse gasses goals through numerous technological solutions in developmental projects in California and across the globe compensating for carbon emission within construction projects. The developers are expected to purchase the parcel of land at the foothills of the Magic Mountains and lay foundation by 2019. The plan aims at constructing residential homes, business blocks, nature parks, international class schools, and fire stations in nine designated villages. The first phase will be complete in 2020 and the first group of residents will move into their homes installed with solar power and equipped with over 3000 charging stations for electric cars. Approximately 5000 acres will be set aside as for the construction of onsite sewerage reclamation plants that will be used to recycle water for irrigation purposes.
Emile Haddad, the CEO of FivePoint, says the move is a new paradigm towards responsible development. He says the housing project is expected to fulfill the state's mandate to have all new homes produce as much natural energy as they can consume by 2020. In addition, the home project is also expected to meet the regions increased demand for housing while concurrently fighting global warming and reducing greenhouse gases by 53%. FivePoint is also calling for any developers within their neighborhood to join the race and promote responsible development projects.
The large-scale planned community project continues to face criticism from different groups such as SCOPE, who claim FivePoint will not eliminate the greenhouse gas effect as the project's impacts haven't been assessed. Lynne Plambeck, SCOPE's CEO says the project is just a publicity hype that will not fight global warming. Nevertheless, stakeholders in the environment and construction industries have applauded the project claiming that it should be documented as a model for upcoming large-scale master-planned development projects not only in California but across the globe.

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