Council, Elected Reps Publicly Oppose Las Lomas
Council adopts resolution of opposition to massive development
Just say no. That was the attitude of the Santa Clarita City Council Tuesday night with regards to Las Lomas, the proposed development taking aim at a wildlife rich area bordering the City.
Numerous elected officials publicly sided with the Santa Clarita Council on the issue, including Assemblyman Cameron Smyth, LA County Supervisor Michael Antonovich, and Congressmen Buck McKeon and Brad Sherman.
Las Lomas is a gigantic development, which proposes to be built in the Newhall Pass in the mountainous area that sits between the 5 and 14 freeways. The structures projected in the development include 5,800 dwelling units, as well as almost 3 million square feet of commercial, industrial, and retail uses. A Metrolink station three hundred feet below the surface and a 300 room hotel are also planned for the 555 acre property.
The plan has been admonished by both the City of Santa Clarita and Los Angeles County because of impracticalities in the construction. They say that the underground Metrolink station would pose a safety hazard for passengers, and the traffic impacts would overwhelm traffic through the Newhall Pass. They also
point out that roughly half of the terrain in the building area has slopes at a 50% grade, which can be extremely difficult to build on. That area has been determined by the City and the County to not be feasible for development of any commercial space and only 200-250 dwelling units.
“I’ll make it very simple,” said Mayor Pro Tem Bob Kellar. “This is one that we just simply say no to. There is no mitigation, there’s no compromising. This is irresponsible from A to Z.”
Of course, the plan isn’t entirely in the City’s hands. The land in question lies outside of the physical borders of Santa Clarita. The developer of Las Lomas has applied to be annexed into the City of Los Angeles.
So Santa Clarita passed a resolution in opposition to the annexation of the Las Lomas area, and will send the official position to the Los Angeles City Council and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Neither the plan, nor the annexation has been approved thus far by Los Angeles, however it is before them at this time.
Congressional Representatives Buck McKeon and Brad Sherman have sent letters of opposition to LA officials, as have Assemblyman Cameron Smyth and County Supervisor Michael Antonovich. To read the official letter sent by Michael Antonovich to Los Angeles officials, click here .