Westmont Okayed for Expansion — Once Again

A year after a Santa Barbara Superior Court judge rejected a lawsuit from the Concerned Citizens Over Westmont Expansion group, the California Court of Appeals on Dec. 3 denied an appeal by the same group of that decision, which means Westmont College can proceed with plans which will drastically change the landscape of the campus. The Westmont Master Plan, already with its first phase underway, will add roughly 345,000 square feet to campus. Opponents were arguing that Westmont had “slapdash analysis” in its final subsequent environmental impact report, and that the FSEIR (Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Report ) issued in 2006 didn’t meet California Environmental Quality Act standards. They argued this in part because—of the approximately 345,000 square foot expansion project—they said only 145,000 of it has been subjected to environmental review over the years 44 years Westmont had been talking about updating its Master Plan. more

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