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City's greenbelt expands 900-plus acres

Posted: March 13, 2008 12:53 a.m.
Updated: May 14, 2008 5:03 a.m.
The city's greenbelt expanded by more than 900 acres Wednesday when city officials joined developers in Golden Valley Ranch to dedicate the largest expanse of open space in the city's 20-year history.

"This is why we're a city," said Mayor Bob Kellar. "We're coming together to achieve great things."
Developers Pardee Homes and PacSun LLC made an agreement with the city to dedicate the land as open space.

"We stuck with that concept, we worked with the city to refine it, and we ultimately arrived at a plan that was agreeable to all the parties," said John Jameson of PacSun.

The property is bordered by Placerita Canyon Road to the south, the Sand Canyon area to the east, the Placerita Canyon Nature Center and the Fair Oaks Ranch community to the north.

The 906 acres will be preserved in its natural condition and with hiking trails under the care of the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority.

The property connects to Placerita Canyon State Park and connects to the 140-acre Special Devices Inc. property the city is currently in escrow to purchase as open space.

"You can see how we're starting to develop that belt of undeveloped land around the city," Parks, Recreation and Community Services Director Rick Gould said after the ceremony.

The city now owns 3,213 acres of land and a total of about 15,000 it owns in partnership with other government agencies.

PacSun originally acquired the property and sold the residential portion to Pardee Homes.

"Be assured of Pardee's commitment to adding additional open space in the future," said Jim Bezell, a vice president of Pardee Homes.


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