Climate Policies Chilling Housing Growth

SACRAMENTO — The California Supreme Court’s decision late last month to reject a nearly 6,000-page environmental report for a proposed development north of Los Angeles will not only delay or possibly kill a new suburban community. It will make it much more difficult for developers anywhere in California to build large-scale housing projects.

The Newhall Ranch project in the Santa Clarita Valley is similar to many communities throughout California. Proposed in the 1980s, the project was designed to be a new city with 58,000 residents on 12,000 acres. Back then, California’s population was less than 30 million people. The population is now pushing 39 million and still growing – yet it looks like the days of master-planned communities are over.

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