4 Obstacles In Push To Revitalize The Los Angeles River

Law360, Minneapolis (October 20, 2015, 3:22 PM EDT) -- The Los Angeles River, at times just inches of water flowing along a seemingly post-apocalyptic concrete bed, has become the focus of an ambitious plan that calls for turning 51 miles of the waterway into parks, trails and mixed-use development, but such a project faces myriad regulatory and zoning hurdles, lawyers say.

As seen in this conceptual rendering, the Los Angeles River revitalization project will incorporate native grasses with recreational access to the site. (Credit: lariver.org) While the revitalization effort is subject to California's notorious Environmental Quality Act, it also faces federal environmental regulation and requires major rezoning, which could be...

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