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Friday, February 29, 2008

A Look at One of the Most Crazy Development Proposals Ever in L.A.'s History: Plunking 10,000 People's Homes on the Most Dangerous Earthquake Fault in Southern California

A WHITE PAPER ON The Proposed Las Lomas Development Project By Los Angeles City Councilman Greig Smith September 10, 2007

For pictures and maps, see original version of this paper at

First there was Ahmanson Ranch, now there is Las Lomas – twice the size of Ahmanson on 1/4 the land. Though touted as so called “smart growth,” to the contrary, the project seeks to construct somewhere between 5,800 to 9,670 residences (depending on which documents the developer is using at the time), more than 2,000,000 square feet of commercial, recreational, and community development services on terrain where 60% of the land has a slope greater than 50%, with grading expected to reach 20,000,000 cubic yards. It lies at the confluence of five of the nation’s busiest freeways, including the I-5, California 14, I-210, I-118, and I-405, currently averaging 230,000 vehicles daily. Gridlock is so severe, a federal study has been commissioned to look for ways to fix existing conditions, without considering further impacts from additional development. Las Lomas began more than half a decade ago, when developer Dan Palmer approached the City of Los Angeles (after learning that the County would only allow 247 homes), with his grand idea to build a small city on approximately 555 acres of extremely mountainous, uninhabited land in an unincorporated area of Los Angeles County. The property begins at the southern boundary of Santa Clarita, and extends in a linear fashion southeast toward the City of Los Angeles. ....


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