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Coalition sues to halt Tejon Ranch development

November 13, 2009 |  8:37 am

A coalition of environmentalists, Native Americans and local residents has filed a lawsuit aimed at blocking the development of a 5,000-acre resort community on the Tejon Ranch in the Tehachapi Mountains.

The suit, filed Thursday in Kern County Superior Court, argues that the Tejon Mountain Village project would negatively impact roadways, Native American sacred sites and indigenous wildlife, particularly the California condor.

The project, which is set to include 3,450 homes, golf courses, hotels and a commerce center, was unanimously approved in October by the Kern County Board of Supervisors.

Representatives of Tejon Mountain Village argue that they have made concessions to ensure environmental protection, specifically agreeing to preserve 90% of the company’s 270,000-acre property, where the Tejon Mountain Village would be the smaller of two planned developments.

Read more on the Tejon Ranch lawsuit.

-- Ann M. Simmons