Why is the OC Board of Supervisors playing the role of developer and exporting urban sprawl to the City of Highland on properties acquired through eminent domain? Two separate lawsuits were filed by six environmental and resident groups last week.
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For Immediate Release, September 16, 2016
Contact: Ileene Anderson, Center for Biological Diversity (323) 654-5943 firstname.lastname@example.org
Wendy Rea, Greenspot Residents Association, (909) 705-0520, email@example.com
Lawsuit Challenges High-density Harmony Housing Development
Project Would Devastate Wildlife Habitat, Increase Traffic and Air Pollution
HIGHLAND, Calif.— Public interest groups filed a lawsuit late yesterday challenging the city of Highland’s approval of the high-density Harmony development in Southern California. The remote development sits at the confluence of Mill Creek and the Santa Ana River and is directly adjacent to San Bernardino National Forest lands and will bring more than 3,600 houses to 1,657 acres of land acquired by Orange County Flood Control in the Seven Oaks Dam project that are currently home to numerous endangered species, rare habitats, wetlands and crucial wildlife connectivity corridors. “There’s nothing harmonious about the Harmony development,” said Ileene Anderson, a senior scientist with the Center for Biological Diversity. “Not only does this project threaten endangered species and some of their most important habitat but the city’s analysis did a lousy job of looking at how Harmony will affect air quality, traffic and the climate crisis.”
The lawsuit was brought by the Center for Biological Diversity, San Bernardino Valley Audubon Society and the Greenspot Residents Association, who are represented by the law firm Shute, Mihaly and Weinberger.