City Will Defend Itself Against Hospital Decision Lawsuit
Unanimous decision by Council will bring the matter to
In a closed session just before Tuesday night's City Council
meeting, all five Santa Clarita Council members authorized the City Attorney's
office to defend against a new lawsuit brought forth by two community groups.
Community Advocates for Healthcare SCV and Santa Clarita
Organization for Planning the Environment (SCOPE) brought forth the lawsuit
against the city alleging state law violations. In order for cities to make
major planning code concessions for a project, the plan must provide for significant
public benefit. While the Henry Mayo plan calls for a new inpatient building
and three medical office buildings, attorneys for the two public groups claim
that no public benefit is guaranteed since the developer is under no obligation
to build any portion of the new project.
To read more about why Community Advocates for Healthcare
SCV and SCOPE brought forth the lawsuits, click
Santa Clarita City Attorney Carl Newton said that they will
work closely with the hospital to defend their decision.
"We believe that the city has followed all of the appropriate
procedures in connection with the processing and approval of the hospital
expansion project. We intend to, in cooperation with the hospital, vigorously
defend the actions of the city."