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SCV land deals to get axed

Development: County planning officials say more than 70 cases are to be cut due to economy

Posted: July 19, 2011 1:55 a.m.
Updated: July 19, 2011 1:55 a.m.

More than 70 land development deals slated for the Santa Clarita Valley are likely to get the ax in the next few months, a county planning official said Monday.

A depressed economy and inactivity have motivated planners to get rid of old cases, which could include at least 72 land development deals presently before the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning.

“Some of these projects are very old,” county planner Ramon Cordova said Monday, “and they have not impacted on the (Santa Clarita) Valley because they’ve just been sitting there on the shelf gathering dust.

“So, because there’s a lull right now in subdivisions being started, it’s given us an opportunity to clean house.”

At a public hearing expected to get under way today at the department’s office on Temple Street in Los Angeles, two local projects and one in Palmdale will be denied due to inactivity, Cordova said.

Twenty homes slated to become neighbors of the planned 21,000-home Newhall Ranch project are expected to be cut during today’s hearing.

The 20 single-family homes were to be constructed south of Highway 126 between Knudsen Parkway and the Ventura County line.

Three homes on 16 acres on Sierra Highway near Agua Dulce Canyon Road are also expected to get the ax.

This would be the second project in Agua Dulce to be killed in the last two weeks.

On July 5, county supervisors abandoned plans for an easement on an Agua Dulce road after five years of inactivity on the proposal.

Agate Hill Lane and its slope, about four miles northeast of Vasquez Rocks, were dedicated to county plans for roadwork more than five years ago.

“The projects are being denied due to inactivity,” Cordova said.

“Right now, we’re trying to clean house and we’re starting with the oldest projects first,” he said Monday. When department planners get through the list, at least 72 local projects will be gone, he said.

Some of the projects were started in 1984, when Ronald Reagan was re-elected president.

The specific reasons for killing the two local projects hinged on failure to meet environmental assessments on time, Cordova said.

The plan slated for development in Palmdale involved 22 homes on 26 acres near the intersection of West Avenue S and Tierra Subida Avenue.


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