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Castaic high school EIR delayed

Posted: July 18, 2012 6:24 p.m.
Updated: July 18, 2012 6:24 p.m.


The environmental impact report for the much-anticipated and -debated Castaic area high school has been delayed but should be released Tuesday, Hart district officials reported Wednesday.

The report was due to be released early this month, but it has been delayed to finish “a review of the biological impacts related to the proposed roadway alignments,” according to a prepared statement from Thomas B. Cole, William S. Hart Union High School District chief operations officer.

The report will analyze the environmental effects — including air quality, noise and traffic — of building a high school on 60 acres of land in an undeveloped portion of Romero Canyon in Castaic.

Despite the delay in releasing the document for public review, the district has completed its internal review of the draft EIR, Cole said.

“As will be clear when the document is available on July 24, the draft EIR has been a massive undertaking, but one that we believe to be complete and carefully considered in order to address the concerns of the public,” Cole said.

Because of the delay in releasing the documents to the public, the public will now have until Sept. 6 to comment on the document.

The delay in releasing the document is yet another for the plans to build a high school in Castaic, which has waited for its own high school for more than 10 years. Site after site has been considered, then rejected, as the years ticked by.

Meantime, students from Castaic attend either Valencia or West Ranch high schools, both of which have been overcrowded at times due to the influx of Castaic students.

Local voters approved a bond measure in 2008 to build the school.




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