The Newhall Plan Gets Certified to Develop of Thousands of New Homes


The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor recently approved plans to develop two of five villages that are part of the 21,500-unit Newhall Ranch property that is located in Santa Clarita Valley. The plans have had a controversy in the past twenty years. The approval has now allowed construction at the ranch, and this will be the largest subdivision that has ever been done in the country. The board voted 4-0 to approve the plans for the Mission and Landmark villages. The vote will block any legal disputes and certifies the development of 5,500 homes and apartments as from this fall. Elementary schools and office spaces will also be established in the region.

The public hearing of the case was on 18th July in downtown Los Angeles, and it was attended by over 70 people from different groups that are based in the Santa Clarita Valley. The audience included people from the Fernandeño Tataviam Band of Mission Indians and the Chamber of Commerce. Developers invited resident of the areas to support the project at the hearing since it would offer thousands of jobs, solve housing problems, increase sales tax revenues, and show that the place has a background of green-friendly construction.

The views of the people were supported by Supervisor Kathryn Barger. Santa Valley is part of her district, and she believes that besides economic development, the project will show the developer’s extraordinary dedication to growing communities while conserving the environment. The project has created measures that will protect water resources and wildlife while offering houses to people. It will be the country’s only construction that will regulate the emission of greenhouse gases, as well as offer amenities and services by using top-notch strategies.

The five villages of the Newhall Ranch project are worth $13 billion, and the two approved ones will be established north of the Santa Clara River, west of Interstate 5 Freeway and south of Highway 126. They will be made up of 620 single-family homes, a fire station, an elementary school, and a park-and-ride lot. The projects will create 60,000 permanent jobs and generate an annual revenue of over $800 million in taxes. According to the developer, 10 percent of the 21,500 homes will be set aside as affordable housing.

In the past twenty years, activist groups in Santa Clarita Valley have been campaigning against the Newhall Ranch. They have even gone to courts claiming that the developing the community would cause harm to native plants, pollute the Santa Clara River, and kill endangered fish species. The lawsuits have substantially delayed the project, but developers have been persisting to ensure that it is done.