Centennial, California

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Centennial, California is a proposed 12,323-acre (49.87 km2) master-planned community on Tejon Ranch, in Los Angeles County between Bakersfield and Los Angeles.[1][2] It is situated in the far western Antelope Valley at the foothills of the Sierra Pelona and Tehachapi Mountains.[3] It is planned to be located along California State Route 138 east of Interstate 5, and northeast of Quail Lake.[1]


The community is intended to be built over 25 to 30 years, with approximately one-half of the 11,700-acre area designated as open space.[4] It comprises 19,333 houses, including single- and multifamily structures. The developers have said they plan to attract attract local jobs in order to employ the anticipated number of adult residents.[1][2] The projected population is 57,000.[5][6]

The project lies between a point about a mile east of the intersection of Interstate 5 and California Highway 138 eastward past Quail Lake into the western Antelope Valley to about 280th Street West.[2][7]

The 19.3-square-mile project is planned to be developed by four companies: Tejon Ranch Company, Lewis Operating Company, Pardee Homes and Standard Pacific Homes, on the property of Tejon Ranch.[2][4]

Public reaction[edit]

The Center for Biological Diversity, based in Tucson, Arizona, has opposed the housing project, claiming that it would be built on rare ecosystems, including the largest native grassland left in California.[8] The project is planned on the territory inhabited by the endangered California condor, as well as 26 other species.[3]

A draft environmental impact report was released on May 17, 2017, and a public hearing on June 29 drew a "handful of people."[9]

A major concern is traffic congestion on Interstate 5 and California Highway 138 as the development is far from jobs.[10] Concerns also include an increase of valley fever caused by the release of dust-borne spores during construction, insufficient water supply and "poorly designed" wildlife corridors.[9]

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  1. ^ a b c Patric Hedlund, "'Huge' Step for Tejon's Centennial Plan." The Mountain Enterprise, November 28, 2014, page 13
  2. ^ a b c d Patric Hedlund, "Centennial Hearing at Gorman School Thursday, 6 P.M.," The Mountain Enterprise, June 30, 2017, page 6
  3. ^ a b LA Curbed: "Tejon Ranch Project Could Affect 27 Plants and Animals" (with map); 3 February 2012.
  4. ^ a b Jon Gertner (March 18, 2007). "Playing Sim City For Real". The New York Times. Retrieved July 17, 2009.
  5. ^ Patric Hedlund, "'Surprise' Centennial Testimony Is Actually Deja Vu," The Mountain Enterprise, June 15, 2018, page 1
  6. ^ "LA County Approves Controversial 20,000-Home Development In Antelope Valley". CBS LA. May 1, 2019. Retrieved May 2, 2019.
  7. ^ Agrawa, Nina (August 26, 2018). "Building a vast new city on L.A.'s northern edges: A solution for region's housing crunch?". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved August 27, 2018.
  8. ^ Gold, Scott (February 29, 2008). "A stoic little town faces tomorrow". Los Angeles Times.
  9. ^ a b Patric Hedlund, "Water, Traffic, Valley Fever, Wildlife, Poor Outreach Raised at Thinly Attended Centennial Hearing," The Mountain Enterprise, July 7, 2017, page 1
  10. ^ Pettersson, Edvard (August 6, 2019). "California Struggles to Sprawl in an Environmentally Responsible Way". Bloomberg. Retrieved August 6, 2019.

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