Councilman Greig Smith puts a stop to further meetings for massive hillside project.
Los Angeles City Councilman Grieg Smith proposed a motion Wednesday afternoon to halt proceedings on the 555-acre Las Lomas project that sits in the sphere of influence between the cities of Santa Clarita and Los Angeles.
Smith said that his city has never officially indicated an interest in the project and any action now is premature.
His fellow Councilman Richard Alarcon had proposed that the Las Lomas projects be given special consideration and fast-tracked, which was considered and rejected at a Budget and Finance subcommittee meeting of the Los Angeles City Council Monday night.
Smith said that Los Angeles city has not taken a position on the Las Lomas project as yet and for the project to be fast-tracked would be premature. He anticipated that there would be several legal challenges if the project proceeded, citing a court case where a similar proposal was before the city of Irvine and rejected by judge.
Both Alarcon and Smith’s districts would be impacted by the mini-city, if it was approved and built. Smith explained that right now, one-third of the project is in the sphere of influence of Los Angeles City, while two-thirds is in the sphere of influence of the city of Santa Clarita.
When Smith was asked about Palmer’s ownership of only 55 percent of the property in question, he said that the developer had presented documentation that indicated either ownership or an option to buy the land in question.
“This project is technically illegal on a lot of fronts,” he concluded.