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County to mull potential housing

Development: Board to discuss land grading for phase of Newhall Ranch

Posted: October 3, 2011 1:30 a.m.
Updated: October 3, 2011 1:30 a.m.

County supervisors are expected to get an earful Tuesday from people concerned about the environmental consequences of Landmark Village being built along the Santa Clara River.

Debate is expected to focus on the impact of grading more than 1 million square feet of land near the river to accommodate 1,444 residential units, including homes, condos and apartments.

The public hearing of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is scheduled for Tuesday at the Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration on Temple Street in Los Angeles.

The Landmark Village housing development is one of the beginning phases of Newhall Ranch — a project by Newhall Land Development Inc. that will eventually see the construction of more than 20,000 homes west of Interstate 5 and east of the Ventura County line, south of Highway 126.

Supervisors expect to hear from a number of concerned individuals, some representing local environmental groups, wanting to weigh in on environmental assessments prepared for the Landmark Village project.

The proposed zoning changes would usher in the creation of 422 lots, on about 295 acres. These lots would mean 270 single-family homes, 17 multi-family lots, which would mean 744 condominiums and 430 apartments and 16 commercial lots.

The plan for Landmark Village also calls for 119 lots for open space, and at least one fire station, park and school.

Public discussion is expected to focus on the environmental impacts of grading that’s planned for more than 1 million square feet of land on the banks of the Santa Clara River — grading required for the 1,444 residential units.

When it’s completed, the Newhall Ranch project is expected to mirror the size and scale of Valencia, Newhall Land’s first planned community.

The Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission has already approved the first two phases of Newhall Ranch — Landmark Village being one of them, and Mission Village being the other.

Also up for discussion today is a second county permit which allows developers to grade a “Significant Ecological Area/Special
Management Area” in order to accommodate water tanks and utilities.

And, as is typical in just about all local development projects, public debate will include invited discussion on county permission granted the developer to remove oak trees.

The Landmark Village plan calls for the removal of 65 oak trees and authorized encroachment into the protected zone of eight oak trees.

A complete list of environmental assessments can be reviewed on line at


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