Activists sue Arcadia over 2 residential development projects - An activist group filed a lawsuit against the city of Arcadia in attempt to halt two residential development projects city officials approved in February.
The organization, Save the Arcadia Highlands, is challenging the City Council’s approval of the projects, citing possible violations to “specific provisions” of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and the California Planning and Zoning Law, according to the document filed March 12.
The suit claims the projects would result in “significant impacts” to the environment. It also alleges the city failed to adequately assess or lessen the impacts in accordance with CEQA and the guidelines.
David Arvizu, spokesman for the organization, said he fears the over-development is incrementally changing the lush environment of the Highlands. Nearly 30 homes larger than 5,000 sq. ft. have been proposed in the 850-home community in the past three years.
“We had to take it to this level because the City Council members chose to ignore the concerns of the people and the neighborhood,” said Arvizu, who has lived in the area for nearly 20 years. “It’s unfortunate that it had to come to this, but it became a necessity to their action, or inaction.”
The group is requesting that the Los Angeles Superior Court halt further implementation of the projects unless or until each one fully complies with environmental, state and city laws.
Neither City Attorney Steve Deitsch nor Save the Arcadia Highlands’ attorney, John G. McClendon, responded to calls for comment Tuesday.
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