The Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission turned down a proposal on Wednesday to build a shopping center in the western fringe of the Antelope Valley, saying the area is not populated enough to warrant such a large commercial development.
Proposed for 17 acres at the corner of Lancaster Avenue and Three Points Road near the Angeles National Forest, the center was to include a grocery store, a nursery and offices. The land now is zoned for agriculture.
Commissioner Richard Wulliger, in leading the opposition to the center, said that, on a recent commission visit to the site, he was surprised at its rural nature.
"These are really the wide open spaces," Wulliger said. "People don't move out there and say, 'Where is my Vons? Where is my 7-Eleven?'. . . . They go there to get away from those things."
The commission voted 3 to 2 to deny the zone change required for the project to proceed. A consultant for the developer, Carolyn Ingram Seitz, said she would appeal the decision to the Board of Supervisors.