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Residents concerned about junk on private property, unused cars

Posted: August 20, 2012 6:21 p.m.
Updated: August 20, 2012 6:21 p.m.


When it comes to blight, Santa Clarita residents are most concerned about junk and debris on private property in public view, inoperative vehicles in public view and overgrown weeds, according to a recent community preservation survey.

More than 300 community members participated in the voluntary survey, which asked residents how they felt about issues such as graffiti, property maintenance, landscaping and waste dumping.

The information collected in the survey will be used to change and refine current community preservation ordinances, said Supervising Community Preservation Officer Curtis Williams.

City officials wanted responses from more residents than those who normally call code enforcement, Williams said.
“Really, the only ones we hear from are the people who complain about their neighbors,” Williams said.

The community preservation ordinances were last updated about eight years ago, Williams said.

About 82 percent of those who responded to the survey felt that junk and debris on private property in public view greatly affected a neighborhood, with 69.7 percent concerned about inoperative vehicles or vessels in public view and 64.7 percent concerned about overgrown weeds.

Nearly three-quarters of respondents felt the parents of a child who causes vandalism, including graffiti, should have to pay to repair the damages.

More than three-quarters of surveyed residents said people who are caught dumping items illegally should be responsible for the code violations, along with the property’s owners.

About 44 percent of respondents live in Canyon Country, 24.8 percent live in Valencia, 16.1 percent live in Saugus, 12 percent live in Newhall and 2.6 percent didn’t live in the boundaries of the city, according to the survey.

“The city wanted to hear from our residents and incorporate community feedback as we look to update the current municipal code,” said Mayor Frank Ferry. “The value of this information, along with the community’s support, will aid the city in maintaining the aesthetic value of each neighborhood.”






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