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City Council approves Hasley Hills annexation

• Application now goes to Local Agency Formation Commission

Posted: May 14, 2008 2:23 a.m.
Updated: July 15, 2008 5:03 a.m.

The Santa Clarita City Council Tuesday night approved an ordinance to send an application to annex 1,400 acres of Castaic into the city of Santa Clarita.

The application will be in the hands of the county Local Agency Formation Commission as early as June to annex an area that consists of the Hasley Hills, North Bluffs and Live Oak communities and the Valencia Commerce Center.

The proposed annexed area includes 1,500 homes and 6 million square feet of commercial space.

In other business, Newhall residents spoke of their concerns about plans for The Avenue at Santa Clarita, which would bring 800 residential units, commercial space and two 12-story buildings onto 37 acres in Newhall.

Monteverde Companies submitted the plans to the city in November to build on the site that extends along Interstate 5, Wiley Canyon Road and Calgrove Boulevard. Residents have cited concerns that the project is too urban for their quiet community.

"We already have borderline gridlock in this area at several times a day," said Newhall resident Roland Linquist. "It will ruin our cozy community."

Along with a series of speakers, 40 public comment cards were submitted in opposition to the project.

The item was not on Tuesday's council agenda, so Mayor Bob Kellar responded by asking that city officials meet with the developer to discuss the community's concerns.

The adoption of the proposed code of ethics, which was perhaps one of the most highly anticipated items on the council's agenda Tuesday, had not been decided upon by press time.

During the public comment period earlier in the meeting, Bruce McFarland, a founding organizer of the Santa Clarita Valley Ethics Alliance, pointed out the fact that the council had not specifically asked that staff draw up the code of ethics and that city staff drew up the ethics code without community input or council input.

City staff said they would respond to McFarland's comment's later in the meeting, but Michael Murphy, the city's intergovernmental relations officer told The Signal this week that because council members used the term "ethics policy," city staff decided to come back to the council with an ethics policy.

For complete coverage of Tuesday's council meeting, read Thursday's edition of The Signal.


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