Newhall Land officials today released a draft environmental impact report on the Landmark Village project, the first of four villages planned as part of the Newhall Ranch development.
The release opens a 45-day comment period that precedes the developer's request for approval from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, which is scheduled sometime in mid-year. The overall Newhall Ranch Specific Plan was approved by the board in 2003; the draft village EIR gives the county a vehicle to ensure that the Landmark plans are in sync with the plan approved seven years ago.
Landmark Village is located between the Santa Clara River and State Route 126 and covers approximately 300 acres. There are plans for 300 single-family homes and 1,100 condominiums, townhouses and apartment homes.
The design of the housing calls for a "small town" atmosphere with front porches, a community park and corner shops; and two specific areas, the Village Quad and Village Center, will provide dining, shops, offices, specialty stores and grocers connected by a series of plazas and walkways.
Landmark Village includes several "green" elements, including 13 square miles of preserved open space, including wildlife corridors and preservation of the Santa Clara River and the majority of oak trees in the area. A 167-acre preserve for the rate Spineflower plant has been set aside and open space will provide habitat for special-status wildlife species such as the least Bell's vireo, white-tailed kite, arroyo chub, southwestern pond turtle, Santa Ana sucker and the unarmored three-spined stickleback.
In addition, the site includes preservation of the eight-acre Asistencia de San Francisco Xavier site, which has been dedicated to The Archeological Conservancy and land that has been donated to the local Tataviam tribe to build an interpretive cultural center.
Newhall Land also stressed low environmental impact in the design of housing close to commerce centers and the availability of trails accessing nearby recreational areas.
Other villages in the Newhall Ranch plan include the Mission Village, Homestead Village and Potrero Village.
Buildout of the project is expected to spread over the next 20 years.
Copies of the Recirculated Draft EIR for Landmark Village are available at all local libraries and Santa Clarita City Hall. The public comment period for the report began on February 1 and will continue until March 17. Written comments must be addressed to Samuel Dea, Supervising Regional Planner, Special Projects, Department of Regional Planning, Room 1362, 320 West Temple Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012; telephone 213-974-4808, e-mail Landmark-Village@planning.lacounty.gov . Written comments received on the RDEIR prior to the close of the public comment period on the proposed project will be considered in the Final EIR.