After months of delays, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday reaffirmed its approval of a water system for a giant Antelope Valley development, setting aside objections of local residents.
On a 3-1 vote, with Supervisor Mike Antonovich dissenting, the board sided with county public works officials who said the water system for the 7,200-house Ritter Ranch project would improve water pressure for fighting fires in the northwest section of the Antelope Valley.
"The sooner we can get moving on this, the better off the existing people in that area of Palmdale are going to be," said Thomas Tidemanson, public works director.
Despite the board action, the project's future remains uncertain. The Palmdale City Council has postponed its plans to annex the area, saying Palmdale may not be able to afford to provide public services for such a huge community. Also, two community groups and a water company have filed suits to block the water system.