Sand Canyon Plaza
July 15th, 2017 by scvpress

Sand Canyon’s Growing Community

Development of the Sand Canyon Plaza

Development of the Sand Canyon Plaza

Updated — The Planning Commission has approved the new Sand Canyon Plaza. It is a planned neighborhood of homes, shops, and parks. Sand Canyon is a small community within Canyon Country. It is a great area because of its unique and beautiful solitude. Therefore, the Plaza intends to keep the feel of the quaint city with the addition of homes and shopping.

Last month Sean Weber, a Canyon Country resident met with Tom Clark. Clark is the managing member of Sand Canyon Plaza, LLC. Weber is a Santa Clarita Valley business owner. The two discussed the upcoming plans. This is important for Clark because he has been with the project since 1985. In 2002 the developer received approval for the project.

At that time the project included two split lots with different owners. However, due to the economy, plans were put on hold. Now, Sand Canyon Plaza is a Mixed Use Project under one ownership.

The 84-acre parcel is on the corner of Soledad Canyon Road and Sand Canyon Road. The current design includes apartments, condos, houses, and a high-end assisted living facility. Plans for the Development also include retail stores and restaurants. Neighborhood improvements will include roadway and the leveling out of the hill on Soledad Canyon Road. Most importantly, all plans include green technology. Current plans call for the site construction to begin in the fall of 2017.

Current residents of the proposed parcel, a mobile home park is due to close. Furthermore, ninety-nine percent of the former 123-units units have closed.

Growing Community

The project plans will add more housing for new Sand Canyon residents. For example, 312 apartments, 119 condos, and 149 townhomes. All units built total 580 homes.

Other developments include a two-acre park, clubhouse, and fireplace. As well as BBQ, pool, jacuzzi, basketball court, dog park, and trails. All of the new features will create an inviting atmosphere.

Retail view of Sand Canyon Plaza

Retail view of Sand Canyon Plaza

With 60,000 square feet, Sand Canyon Plaza is a space for locals to enjoy. The plans consist of restaurants and shops with a focal water feature similar to the water feature at Bridgeport Marketplace in Valencia.

The 85,000 square foot high-end assisted living plans will hold 140-beds. Thus, it is a valuable addition because it creates a place for seniors to live alone with the option of assistance.

Traffic Flow

A major concern for residents is traffic flow. For this reason, the developers continue discussing traffic patterns. In sum the plans include:

• Turn arrow added to the 14 Freeway entrance

• Two roundabouts on Sand Canyon Road

• Connecting Sierra Highway to Whites Canyon Road

• Entrances and exits from Sand Canyon Road and Soledad Canyon Road

Once again, all improvements are still under discussion.

 

“We are very excited to bring this exciting development to Canyon Country. Stay tuned!” Clark said.

 

In summary, the plaza will finish in 2019.

 

 

Author – Lauren Van Sloten, Santa Clarita, CA (SCV Press)

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April 26th, 2017 by scvpress

Castaic Lake Water Agency Plans On Taking Over Yet Another Agency

In 1962 Castaic Lake Water Agency (CLWA) was developed as one of the state water contractors. CLWA created a law protecting water only to be sold at a wholesale price (CLWA Law Sec.15) and not retail. By 2000 CLWA illegally acquired Santa Clarita Water Company, a water retailer. The public took this issue to the appellate court and won. However, CLWA later went to the legislature where a deal was made known as AB134.

Legislature gave the agency the right to own only Santa Clarita Water Company, but once again CLWA acquired another agency. In December 2012 CLWA obtained Valencia Water Company and without proper notice to the public. The deal was made within 24 hours of letting the public know. It cost the taxpayers $73 million dollars. Now CLWA plans to acquire Newhall County Water District (NCWD). The last two water agencies taken over by CLWA (Santa Clarita Water Co, 2000 and Valencia, 2012) have experienced significant rate increases after the buyout.

The current proposal for NCWD does not protect the Newhall water customers from the rate increases or having public ground water shipped to Newhall Land’s developments. The law states that ground water in existing service areas, may not be transferred for use outside their area. CLWA continues to run Valencia as a private company and without proper public oversight. Valencia Water has caused ratepayers to pay $800,000 a year in dividends.

Proposal SB 634 plans to consolidate the CLWA and NCWD into “Santa Clarita Valley Water District.” To approve consolidation the bill requires legislative consolidation of the two agencies. Without a legislative action, the proposed consolidation would need a proposal filed to LA LAFCO by one of the districts and consideration by the Commission. Local Agency Formation Commission for the County of Los Angeles (LA LAFCO) unanimously opposed the notion of the bill SB 634 on March 8th unless it is amended.

Along with being privately owned, CLWA appears to be in significant debt. Valencia water agency(owned by CLWA) also appears to be in considerable debt. NCWD is in excellent financial standing and will pay off its debt within six years. The ratepayers in Newhall should know whether CLWA has exceeded its state-set in debt omit before the proposal.

Sierra Club California suggests “The bill be amended to require an independent forensic audit of CLWA to disclose the state of their finances before consolidation be considered,” and “that a private water company owned by a public entity must have either PUC oversight or subject to all public governance laws, such as the Brown Act, Political Reform Act, and the Public Records Act.”

1CLWA Law Sec. 15. The agency may acquire water and water rights, including, but not limited to, water from the State of California under the State Water Resources Development System, and provide, sell, and deliver that water at wholesale only, for municipal, industrial, domestic, and other purposes, through a transmission system to be acquired or constructed by the agency.
2 Sec 15.1 of CLWA Law added 2002

 

Author – Lauren Van Sloten, Santa Clarita, CA (SCV Press)

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