[Hart District] – The Hart School District has released its Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) on the proposed hybrid site for Castaic area high school and the public has 45 days to review and comment on the project. A public hearing is scheduled for Wednesday, Aug. 15, at 5 pm, as part of the regular school board meeting. The meeting will be held in the Hart School District boardroom at 21515 Centre Pointe Pkwy in Santa Clarita.
An EIR is the planning document which describes the environmental impacts associated with a project. Typical impacts may include: traffic, air quality, noise, city services, and land use, among others. The EIR discusses these impacts and also describes mitigation measures required to reduce the impacts to an appropriate or acceptable level.
To read the draft EIR, click here. It is also available for review at the Hart School District Office, Castaic Public Library, Stevenson Ranch Express Library and Sloan Canyon Christian Academy.
Written comments, pursuant to California Code of Regulations, Title 14, Section 15105(a), will be accepted between July 24, 2012 and Sept. 6, 2012 at 5 pm and can be mailed or dropped off to: Wm. S. Hart Union High School District, Attn: Tom Cole, 21515 Centre Pointe Pkwy., Santa Clarita, CA 91350. Comments can also be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org: include “Castaic area high school” in the subject line. For more information contact Tom Cole at 661.259.0033 x252.
The final EIR is projected to be submitted to the Hart School Board for certification at the Oct. 3, 2012 meeting.
The projected opening of Castaic area high school is August 2015, to ninth graders only, then adding a grade each year until grades 9-12 are on campus. Local voters overwhelmingly supported Measure SA, a $300 million bond measure in 2008, which in part will pay for acquisition and construction of the school site.
“We are committed to building a high-quality, comprehensive high school in Castaic to serve the community,” Rob Challinor, Superintendent said. “Population projections and home building plans for the Castaic and Val Verde areas show a need for a high school in the area in the future and building it now in anticipation of this growth is financially prudent, good for the area economy and will well serve families in the short term, as well.”