A controversial Canyon Country housing development is up for approval this week, albeit a bit smaller than originally proposed. The Keystone community will come before the Santa Clarita Planning Commission on Tuesday for final approval, after a several-week holiday hiatus. Under development by Synergy and Brookfield Homes, the development originally called for nearly 1,000 homes on 246 acres located north of the Santa Clara River and south of the intersection of Bouquet Canyon and Plum Canyon roads. The developers have since unveiled a proposal for 499 homes, including single-family lots, detached single-family units and condominiums. On Nov. 15, the commission conceptually approved the project and directed the planning staff to draw up the necessary papers for final approval of the environmental impact report and proposal, and recommendation to the City Council. As planned, the project would include a 6-acre public park, graded lots for a junior high school in the Hart Union High School District and a YMCA facility. In addition, the developer would also contribute $200,000 toward the completion of the Santa Clara River trail, which extends through the project site, east to Discovery Park. In past months, a number of residents from Ermine Street, a cul-de-sac adjacent to the project site, turned out to voice opposition to having their street opened as part of the development. The latest incarnation of the plan stipulates Ermine will remain closed. One major project that will likely be moved from Tuesday’s agenda is the expansion of Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital. The public hearing for the hospital’s 25-year plan was opened last fall, and the commission will likely continue it to Feb. 7 on Tuesday, giving the planning staff more time for research. Newhall Memorial is proposing a plan that would increase the amount of developed space on the Valencia campus from 336,138-square feet to 905,326-square feet. In addition to an expanded emergency room, the project would also make way for several new medical towers, parking garages and a helipad.
This story can be found in Monday's Signal Newspaper.