Judge reapproves second phase of Playa Vista development
Judge John A. Torribio last week denied a challenge by opponents who contended that the city of Los Angeles was wrong to approve the project because parts of the environmental analysis were flawed. Torribio said the city had complied with a previous appeals court order to revise and recirculate elements relating to archeological resources, the project description and land use. When the city revised those portions, it also included analysis of the project’s effects on global warming, a new category.
In March 2009, the Los Angeles City Council voted to approve the second phase, known as the Village, over the objections of environmental groups and local Councilman Bill Rosendahl. The Council initially voted to approve Phase 2 in 2004, but opponents sued over the environmental report.
Phase 2 will add 2,600 homes, a shopping center, office buildings and parks to the community between the Westchester bluffs and Marina del Rey. Playa Vista residents have clamored for a grocery store and other amenities that were envisioned as part of the development.
Patti Sinclair, co-president of Playa Vista, said the developer was “extremely gratified” by the ruling, but she cautioned in a statement:
“Given their history, we would not be surprised if the longstanding opponents of Playa Vista appeal the ruling. We stand ready to defend Playa Vista vigorously in the event they do.”
Sabrina Venskus, an attorney for the opponents, could not immediately be reached for comment.
-- Martha Groves
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