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Water approved for 482 new homes

• Months of legal wrangling end

Posted: June 26, 2008 1:27 a.m.
Updated: August 27, 2008 5:03 a.m.

Local water officials gave developers of the Copper Creek North project the green light last night when they promised to deliver water to nearly 500 new homes proposed by the builder.

It was the first chance the Castaic Lake Water Agency had to make such a promise after months of legal wrangling with environmental groups who had challenged the agency's assessment of available water.

The agency will have no problem delivering water to 484 single family lots in Copper Creek North, situated a little more than two miles west of Lombardi Ranch, Dirk Marks, the agency's Water Resource Manager, told the board.

In a Water Supply Assessment prepared by his committee, Dirks outlined for the board how water from several sources will serve Santa Clarita Valley's latest community.

The board passed the committee's recommendation without a dissenting vote.

Outside the meeting, as the sun was setting on the Rio Vista Water Treatment Plant, Copper Creek North representatives applauded the board's decision.

"I'm happy that the state and local water agency are able to continue to provide water not just for me as a builder but for everyone," said Walter Heiberg, senior vice president of project management for the McMillin Land Development, builders of the proposed Copper Creek North project.

Next on the road to development, are a series of public meetings this summer, Heiberg said, which will allow people to comment on any environmental concerns they may have. The responses will be included in the company's Environmental Impact Report.

The Copper Creek North Project is less than a mile north of the intersection of Copper Hill Drive and Bouquet Canyon Road, in an unincorporated area of the Santa Clarita Valley.

It's nestled under the southern slopes of the Angeles National Forest and scored with several dirt roads cutting into the wilderness tract.

Copper Creek North will have two water storage tanks set up to serve the community, with each tank sitting on one-acre lots and holding one million gallons of water each.

The single family units are expected to be constructed on 102.6 acres with at least 284 acres set aside for open space.

The plan also calls for 10.4 acres set aside for an elementary school and public park almost seven acres in size.

Last year, Santa Clarita Water Company customers used 92,260 acre-feet of water, enough to fill 411 million bathtubs.


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