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City closer to annexing Hasley Hills

• Request could be sent to county this summer.

Posted: April 24, 2008 1:54 a.m.
Updated: June 25, 2008 5:02 a.m.
The request to annex a portion of Castaic likely will be in the county's hands by this summer.

The Santa Clarita City Council voted this week to close the public hearing and send an application to annex the Hasley Hills, North Bluffs and Live Oak communities and the Valencia Commerce Center into the city of Santa Clarita.

City staff could send the application to the county Local Agency Formation Commission as early as June, said Associate Planner James Chow. As a formality, the request will return to the council for a second reading at an upcoming council meeting before the application is sent on to the county.

The 1,400-acre area includes more than 1,500 homes and 6 million square-feet of commercial space.

Members of a citizens group presented the city last year with a list of signatures of support from 72 percent of the residents and business owners.

"We as a city have never turned down a community that overwhelmingly wants to annex in and the Hasley Hills has really overwhelmingly done the work," said Councilwoman Laurene Weste.

Castaic Area Town Council members have been asking the city to hold off on filing the application until the west side communities can see the results of the two studies that will outline the governance options for the west side. The studies will compare the options of incorporating into one west side city, annexing into Santa Clarita, or remaining unincorporated.

The studies are expected to be available for public review in February. LAFCO is expected to take six to 12 months to process the Hasley Hills annexation application.

"This gets our foot in the door to start processing the work so that once that study's done and the decisions are made, we don't have to go back and then process it all," said City Manager Ken Pulskamp.

"Realistically, what I think is going to happen is they will go ahead, do all of their work and wait and see what comes out of that study and then make a decision at that time."


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