A lawsuit that sought to halt construction of the country’s largest Ikea on grounds the project did not undergo sufficient review to assess its impact on global warming has been dropped.
Citizens Advocating Rational Development, a Woodland Hills environmental group, filed the lawsuit naming Burbank and Ikea Property Inc., the U.S. property division of the retailer, owned by Ingka Holding B.V. of Leiden, Netherlands, as defendants.
Nick Green, founder and president of the environmental group, declined comment, but said in an interview with the Business Journal in April that he didn’t seek out Burbank or Ikea specifically, but wanted to find a local development to raise his concerns over the global issue.
“We are realistic enough to understand that we will not halt, nor do we even want to halt, all development,” he told the Business Journal in April. “What we want is discussion and disclosure.”
The 470,000-square-foot Ikea was approved by the city in March, but the suit alleged that the project’s environmental impact report was “fatally flawed” and had “inadequate analysis of air quality, greenhouse emissions and climate change.”
The suit also claimed that insufficient analysis was done over the development’s impact on the Sierra Nevada snowpack.
“CARD and IKEA have reached a settlement of the CEQA challenge filed by CARD against the City of Burbank’s approval of a relocated IKEA store, and CARD and its members have no objections or concerns with the IKEA project moving forward,” said Joseph Roth, U.S. spokesman for the retailer, in an email to the Business Journal Wednesday.