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Castaic housing greenlit by county

At least 70 homes expected on The Old Road after board gives final OK

Posted: April 27, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: April 27, 2011 1:55 a.m.

At a time when it seems no one is building much of anything anywhere, Castaic is getting a new neighborhood — or at least the green light to build one.

At least 70 homes are expected to be built on The Old Road, south of Parker Road, after the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to allow the Lake View Estates development to proceed.

Supervisors “indicated their intent to approve,” which means the project stays on track. County counsel attorneys will start preparing their “final findings” for the project’s approval.

The board is expected to meet one more time to approve the final map for the project, said Susan Tae, supervising regional planner for the county’s Department of Regional Planning.

For developer Bahram Safavi of Can Shelter Inc., it means he can now finish a plan 10 years in the making.

Lake View Estates, which covers about 47 acres, calls for 70 single-family units — no condominiums or “multifamily units” — built on hilly land near the interstate.

The new neighborhood between Parker Road and just north of Romero Canyon Road would bring with it a park and three commercial lots set aside for “light industrial” businesses such as repair shops and tailors, as described in the development’s plan.

Developers cleared four hurdles Tuesday, when the board approved a zoning change, among other things, turning almost 50 acres of land historically set aside for heavy agricultural use into land now earmarked for “residential planned development.”

Another obstacle overcome Tuesday was the challenge of moving small mountains of Castaic soil. Developers needed — and received — a conditional-use permit to move more than 100,000 cubic yards of earth.

“This is not unusual,” Tae said about the permit, “given that a lot of the easy, flat land has already been developed.”

Castaic Area Town Council member Flo Lawrence, speaking as a “dad in Castaic,” called the board’s decision good news but added: “It’s a great project, well-thought-out, but with the economy in its present state I just don’t know how soon they’re going to move forward on it.”

Safavi could not be reached to comment.


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