Victory for Agoura Hills Open Space ConcernJun 27, 2020
Grassroots organizations S.T.A.C.K. (Save the Agoura Cornell Knoll), CNPS (California Native Plant Society), and PRISMM (Protectors and Residents in the Santa Monica Mountains) emerge victorious in a hard-fought battle to stop a proposed development on the corner of Agoura and Cornell Roads.
After numerous court battles, the war was won on grounds that the developer Doran Gelfand’s residential and commercial project called Cornerstone did not adequately meet the environmental standards set by the CEQA (the California Environmental Quality Act) according to the California Supreme Court.
The City of Agoura Hills approved the Cornerstone development in 2017 even though nearly half of an old-growth oak grove would have been removed. The City’s own Oak Tree Ordinance says no more than 10% of trees can be removed for any one development project.