Los Angeles Warehousing Mecca Halts Expansion Just as Needs Soar

Businesswoman holding up hands in stop warning

California’s Inland Empire is issuing warehousing moratoriums.

September 5, 2022
Ngai Yeung & Augusta Saraiva - Bloomberg

Communities in the Inland Empire, the US’s logistics mecca east of Los Angeles, are suspending new warehousing projects to examine the impact from decades of pollution -- putting the industry under pressure when it’s needed most.

This week, the city council for Pomona is set to vote on extending a temporary halt on industrial developments to study the environmental impact, while the nearby city of Norco will decide whether to establish a 45-day moratorium. The actions follow similar freezes by a handful of Southern California cities like Riverside, Colton, Chino and Redlands over the past several years.

Meanwhile, a state-level bill -- which is a long-shot to pass in the legislature but gives a reading of the mood -- proposes banning large industrial construction within 1,000 feet of non-industrial areas such as schools, homes and playgrounds in Riverside and San Bernardino counties, an area that spans 27,000 square miles.

Reprinted courtesy of Ngai Yeung, Bloomberg and Augusta Saraiva, Bloomberg


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