Deal for new city at Newhall Ranch fuels development boom transforming northern L.A. County

SANTA CLARITA VALLEY, Calif. — One of Southern California’s longest-running and ugliest development battles ended in a historic truce Monday when environmental groups agreed to a deal that will allow a new city of 58,000 residents to rise in the Santa Clarita Valley.

  • Northern L.A. County has long been one of the fastest-growing and affordable parts of Southern California, with tract developments spreading amid the desert scrub of Lancaster and Palmdale. And Newhall is expected to accelerate this growth even more.
  • Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger, who represents the district where Newhall Ranch is located, said in a statement that “this settlement balances the need for housing with unprecedented protection of our natural resources.”

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