Annexation Process Will Continue For 3 Castaic Neighborhoods
Hasley Hills, North Bluff and Live Oak will get continued support from Santa Clarita.
After much work so far, residents of three Castaic neighborhoods are one step closer to annexing into the city of Santa Clarita, although it may not be a very big step.
The residents of Hasley Hills, North Bluff and Live Oak gathered 72% of their residents’ signatures, much more than the 60% required by the City to start the annexation process. However, their road to Santa Clarita city-hood has been the center of much debate.
The neighborhoods also come with the Valencia Commerce Center, which is a major source of revenue for LA County, and potentially to Castaic, if they choose to one day become their own city.
This small portion of Castaic could prove pivotal in an ongoing debate that is much larger, and includes Stevenson Ranch, Westridge and the whole community of Castaic.
The areas are waiting on the results of a study into the benefits and detriments of three potential possibilities: annexing into Santa Clarita, staying as an unincorporated part of Los Angeles County, and forming their own City. The study has seen financial contributions by both LA County and Santa Clarita.
That study, however, has now been delayed, and information won’t likely be made available until February of next year. Then, the Los Angeles County CEO still has to review it, which could prove to be a lengthy process on its own. If the results should pass through those phases, then an anticipated year long travel through the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) would be next.
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Speakers from the three neighborhoods asked that the Council continue its annexation process, while two opponents pressed the City to wait for all of the information.
In the end, the City Council did move the process forward, with several council members saying that they wanted to keep their promise to the neighborhoods.
Frank Ferry, joined by Laurene Weste, offered a blunt prediction though, saying that he believes the process will be held up at the LAFCO level anyway.
Also in City Council news, a presentation was given by City staff that gave an overview of a “Percent for the Arts” program. According to information distributed by the City, the program would require “all private and public projects over a specified value, excluding single-family residential projects, to allocate a portion of the total project costs to finance an art project.”
The program was only reported on, and more information will be gathered and analyzed by City staff and members of the Council.
Another item took center stage at Tuesday's City Council meeting. Many residents of a Canyon Country neighborhood demanded that the City help solve traffic and speed violator problems in their area. Click here to read that story.