Zev Yaroslavsky - Board of Supervisors - Positions - Land Use and The Environment

Land Use and The Environment

Yaroslavsky has been a longtime environmental advocate, most notably in restricting development and preserving open space in the Santa Monica Mountains. Since joining the Board of Supervisors in 1994, he has helped acquire 7,870 acres of county parkland through bonds and matching funds. In 2004, Yaroslavsky helped craft a controversial ordinance that made it more difficult to develop scenic ridge lines in the Santa Monica Mountains, while also cutting in half the amount of grading allowed without a conditional use permit. This reversed the extensive development policies of county leaders in the 1980s and early 1990s. Opponents denounced the ordinance as an arbitrary and unrealistic “land grab.” But it had the backing of the board majority, the National Park Service and the California Department of Parks and Recreation, among others.

The following year, Yaroslavsky was credited with being the key to finalizing a complex $35-million deal to preserve a 588-acre swath of “mostly pristine woodlands” in the Santa Monica Mountains for use as parkland. The Los Angeles Times called the protection and purchase of the land from Soka University a “major environmental achievement,” noting that Yaroslavsky and others had worked for months to bring together a coalition of agencies and residents to find the purchase money. The historic property—named King Gillette Ranch after the razor blade tycoon who once owned the land—is now open to the public.

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