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Environmental groups cite lack of water, say endangered species will suffer.

By Rene Ray De La Cruz
Staff Writer
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Posted Feb. 26, 2016 at 1:52 PM
Updated Feb 26, 2016 at 8:44 PM

HESPERIA — A coalition of public interest groups on Friday filed a lawsuit that challenges the city of Hesperia’s approval of the controversial Tapestry Project.

The City Council approved the project last month after the Texas-based Terra Verde Group presented the project to the public in January 2015. The master-planned community, which would feature more than 16,000 housing units, is scheduled to be constructed in southeast Hesperia.

“This poorly sited and insufficiently reviewed project would plunge a dagger into the heart of one of the region’s most beautiful and important ecosystems,” Center for Biological Diversity Staff Attorney April Rose Sommer said in a written statement. “There’s not enough water to sustain a development of this size, the greenhouse gas emissions will be staggering, and the area’s wildlife and wildlands will suffer greatly if this ill-conceived project is built.”

The lawsuit was filed by a coalition of public-interest groups, including the Center for Biological Diversity, the San Bernardino Valley Audubon Society and the Sierra Club, which said the master-planned community would “destroy more than 5,800 acres of wildlands, endangered species’ critical habitat, wetlands and farmland.”

Responding to the CBD’s intention to challenge the approval of the Tapestry Specific Plan, “the City Attorney’s Office will be preparing to defend the City in this matter and the alleged violation of the California Environmental Quality Act,” Hesperia spokeswoman Rachel Molina said.

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