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City must maintain its park space standards

Posted: September 3, 2008 6:43 p.m.
Updated: November 5, 2008 5:00 a.m.
On July 15, I asked the city Planning Commission how the proposed new general plan being developed under the "One Valley, One Vision" will meet the city's existing park space requirement, which is five acres per 1,000 residents per the city of Santa Clarita General Plan dated 06/25/91.

The immediate response was that no specific land could be identified for future park space since doing so would give developers an upper hand in any future negotiations.

The commission's true response was unveiled without fanfare just two weeks later. On July 28, a significant revision to the One Valley, One Vision draft land use element was made, which will allow the city to reduce its park space requirement by 40 percent!

This revision can be found on page 34 of the following link:

It states, "In the past, the city and county have both adopted a standard of three acres per 1,000 residents."

Not only is this statement factually incorrect, it is an underhanded approach to reduce the amount of park space that the city of Santa Clarita has been and still is obligated to provide to its residents.

I urge everyone who wishes that the city be required to maintain and meet its current requirements for recreational space as part of its One Valley, One Vision to immediately contact both the Planning Commission and City Council representatives.

Please let them know that what little open space remains in the city must first be used to meet our park space needs, not developers' ambitions.


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