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Disappointment in Agua Dulce

Group of local residents dispute their location on a map with Los Angeles County supervisors

Posted: February 23, 2012 1:55 a.m.
Updated: February 23, 2012 1:55 a.m.

A dozen Agua Dulce residents lost a key land battle Wednesday in their 10-year struggle to become part of the Santa Clarita Valley.

On Wednesday, between 10 and 12 Agua Dulce residents drove to Los Angeles to voice concerns at a Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission meeting on Temple Street.

They want county planners to amend the zoning ordinance that currently places them with Acton as part of the Antelope Valley.

The disputed boundary land encompasses about two to three square miles in the area bounded by Escondido Canyon Road from Hubbard south to Highway 14, including Hubbard Road, Biggs Road and Big Springs Road.

Agua Dulce resident Rosie Heffley said these areas are in the Santa Clarita Valley’s One Valley, One Vision general plan.

“We’re talking about 29 homes that are affected,” said Heffley, who told the commission in person Wednesday that she wants to be a part of the Santa Clarita Valley.

“The Acton Town Council would like to move our boundary area to the Antelope Valley area plan,” Heffley explained to the commission in a letter. “No town council should deny the residents’ desires to live where they belong.”

Acton residents, on the other hand, want the boundaries to stay the way they were drawn in 1995.

Acton Town Council President Michael Hughes said in a letter to the commission: “We strongly oppose any effort to annex into (Agua Dulce) boundaries any portion of the Acton Community Standards District.”

Hughes also made the trip to Los Angeles on Wednesday, urging planners to keep 1995 boundary lines intact.

In the end, that’s exactly what regional planners decided.

“The issue for Acton Town Council was if the commission started shifting boundaries it would open the door for a lot more challenges,” said Supervising Regional Planner Mitch Glaser.

Within a few months, the commission is expected to submit a recommendation to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors that the existing boundaries remain in place.


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