On December 11, Judge Goodman issued a 41-page ruling claiming the zoning blueprints for the Hollywood Community Plan are "fatally flawed" and should be repealed. Causing a serious setback to the City’s development and growth plans, Goodman said city leaders failed to comply with state environmental law when they approved the project in June 2012.
The recent ruling could delay the approval of a revised development plan for two years.
This long debate is nothing new. From concerns over traffic and infrastructure to skyrocketing growth in population, many neighborhood groups have been resistant to the project. The city, however, views the project as a step towards "smart growth" - the practice of clustering higher density development around major transit stops. The last update to the plan came in 1988, before the arrival of the Red Line.