California’s $6 billion land-use planning project will use $2.7 billion in federal funds to purchase land, build roads, and build public transit, according to a report released Tuesday.
The report, which was prepared by a group of environmental-studies experts and researchers, found that the federal government will use up to $1.7 trillion in funds to support the project.
The California Land Investment Authority (CLA) will purchase the land, along with nearly $4.2 billion in other infrastructure, and is expected to spend another $1 billion on roads and public transit.
A $2 billion environmental-assessment program will oversee the project, which is scheduled to be completed by 2026.
The plan also aims to use $632 million in state funds to build a second public park.
The Los Angeles Times reported that a total of $1,831 million in federal funding was available for the project during the Obama administration, and that the funding will help finance the project as it becomes operational.
California already has the largest amount of federally supported land in the country, and the land acquisition is expected, according the LA Times.
In the past, the state has been able to acquire some land from the federal Bureau of Land Management.
However, the project has been a contentious issue among environmentalists and local communities.
In 2013, the LA County Planning Commission approved the purchase of roughly 40 acres of land for the CA Lands project.
A lawsuit was filed against the project by environmentalists and residents of the San Bernardino County, California, community who claimed the project would devastate the community and harm the natural resources.
In a statement, California Governor Jerry Brown expressed concern about the project and said he wanted the land used to “support the state’s natural resources.”
“While I am disappointed the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has not approved this massive land grab, I am also disappointed by its delay, which has put the state of California at risk,” Brown said.
“As we prepare to embark on this ambitious and controversial project, I hope the Los Angels project will not be a precedent for other state-owned land grabs, including for the thousands of acres that have been acquired for the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the largest private nuclear research facility in the world.”
The land-planning project, called the Golden Gate Greenbelt, is expected bring up to 5 million square feet of land and 3,200 housing units to the area.
According to the LA Daily News, the Los Angles Times, the land will also include a parking lot, office space, and a park with tennis courts, basketball courts, a soccer field, a swimming pool, and other amenities.
In addition to the land acquired, the plan will include a highway system that will be used to transport water, electricity, and energy to the proposed projects sites.
The LA Times reported the project could also generate $200 million annually for the state, which would be used for roads, transit, and water projects.
The land purchase is expected in 2019.