ALISO VIEJO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--FivePoint Holdings, LLC (“FivePoint”) (NYSE: FPH), owner and developer of mixed-use master-planned communities in coastal California, has reached a settlement on Newhall Ranch with key national and state environmental groups, the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians and the Wishtoyo Foundation, a leading Native American organization.
The settlement is a seminal moment for Newhall Ranch, a pioneering community that will bring critically needed housing and jobs to the region while protecting Native American resources, natural resources and setting a new standard of sustainability for the nation.
“This is a tremendous settlement that provides for added protections for Native American resources and the environment and allows one of the nation’s most innovative new communities to take an important step forward -- addressing California’s housing crisis and fueling the region’s economy,” said Emile Haddad, President and CEO of FivePoint.
As a result of the settlement, the following organizations, which have challenged the Newhall Ranch project, will withdraw their objections in federal and state courts: the Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians, the Wishtoyo Foundation, the Center for Biological Diversity, and the California Native Plant Society. Two local environmental organizations that have pending challenges to certain approvals for the Newhall Ranch project did not participate in the settlement.
The settlement builds on existing protection for the unarmored threespine stickleback and the groundbreaking “Net Zero Newhall” program, as approved by the County of Los Angeles and the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, ensuring net zero emissions of greenhouse gas from the community’s construction and operations. The settlement will provide even greater environmental and cultural investments and protections to benefit the region, including:
- Reducing the community’s footprint adjacent to the Santa Clara River floodplain
- Enhancing the community’s greenhouse gas program to further combat climate change
- Expanding and enhancing spineflower conservation areas and programs
- Creating the Santa Clara River Conservation Fund to promote conservation of sensitive species within the Santa Clara River watershed
- Taking new steps to protect Native American cultural resources and develop a Native American cultural facility
“This settlement enables Newhall Ranch to achieve even higher standards of greenhouse gas emissions, habitat creation and preservation, and protection of important cultural resources,” Haddad said. “We look forward to creating a truly cutting-edge community for the Santa Clarita Valley, Los Angeles County and the State of California.”
About Five Point
FivePoint, headquartered in Aliso Viejo, California, designs and develops mixed-use, master-planned communities in coastal California. FivePoint is developing vibrant and sustainable communities in Orange County, Los Angeles County, and San Francisco County that will offer homes, commercial, retail, educational, and recreational elements as well as civic areas, parks, and open spaces. FivePoint’s three communities are: Great Park Neighborhoods® in Irvine, Newhall Ranch® near Valencia, and The San Francisco Shipyard/Candlestick Point in the City of San Francisco. The communities are planned to include approximately 40,000 residential homes and approximately 21 million square feet of commercial space.
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