[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Sunny
Sunny
90°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
September 23
1948 - Agua Dulce Women's Club organized [timeline]


City Council must decide between accepting county-approved development plans, or losing $1.3 million annually until mid-2014.
| Thursday, Nov 8, 2012

Click image to enlarge | The North Copperhill annexation areas include the orange, yellow, purple and red areas. The red area is the Copper Hill Estates LLC property.

The city of Santa Clarita’s recent annexations pushed its population to 205,000, making Santa Clarita the third-largest city in Los Angeles County behind L.A. and Long Beach.

The city isn’t done.

The city is closing in on its largest annexation to date: the 2,475-acre “North Copperhill” annexation, where some 9,500 residents live.

The area is roughly bounded by San Francisquito Canyon Road on the west, Bouquet Canyon Road on the east, the city boundary on the south and the Angeles National Forest on the north. Most of the existing homes are north of Copper Hill Drive, although the annexation also includes David March Park and the neighborhoods around Plum Canyon Elementary School.

The process is nearly complete – but there’s a hitch.

The annexation must be complete before Dec. 1 if the city is to receive the tax money it needs to provide services to those current 9,500 residents.

If it the annexation goes through after Dec. 1 – even if it’s Dec. 2 – the city will have to start providing the services on Day One but it won’t get any tax money until July 2014. The city would be out $1.3 million annually during that time.

Here’s the deal.

Generally, the “local” share of property tax money goes to whatever agency provides the municipal services. The so-called “North Copperhill” communities are currently in the county, and the county provides the municipal services there, so the local property taxes go to the county.

Once the communities are the city, the city will provide the services, so the property taxes will go to the city.

But not necessarily right away. There’s a process involved in transfering taxes from the county to the city. It requires the city and county to hammer out an agreement saying just how much those taxes are, and when they’ll be received.

Both the city and county have signed the agreement. But under that agreement, the transfer must take place by Dec. 1 or the city would have to wait an entire extra fiscal year before it takes effect – meaning July 1, 2014.

There’s one thing standing in the way of the Dec. 1 deadline.

That one thing is a piece of vacant land south of Copper Hill Drive.

In 2005, the landowner, Copper Hill Estates LLC, got county approval for the creation of 95 single-family lots with 1 open space lot, 1 privately maintained park lot, and 2 landscaped lots for a total of 99 lots on the property.

The land is part of the Copper Hill annexation, and the City Council needs to accept the developer’s plans as approved by the county before the Local Agency Formation Commission will record the annexation.

The deal was hashed out at an Oct. 10 LAFCO hearing, but then the development company decided it needed more time to file its formal plans.

So LAFCO held a special Oct. 24 and said: OK, city, promise in writing that you’ll accept the developer’s county-approved plans and we’ll meet your Dec. 1 deadline.

On Tuesday, the Santa Clarita City Council will decide whether it wants to accept the developer’s plans or risk losing $1.3 million on services it will be providing to the existing residents.

If the council agrees, LAFCO would hold a final hearing Nov. 28 and record the annexation with the state Nov. 29.

Under the bargain, the developer would have until March 19, 2014, to file the formal plans (the tract map).

If it doesn’t, the developer would have to start from scratch and go through the city’s approval process, which could be more rigorous.

According to a city staff report, if the developer starts over with the city, “The new or modified project must fully comply with the city’s General Plan, UDC, and other regulations including, but not limited to, permitted uses, parking, setbacks, right-of-way improvements, landscaping, and hillside development. Any substantial redesign and/or reconfiguration or new tract map would require the applicant to further cluster the development within the existing hillside than what was originally approved by the county.”

As it stands, the developer has promised to support the North Copperhill annexation. So if the City Council agrees Tuesday to accept the developer’s county-approved plans, the annexation goes through and the city collects the property tax money (not just from the developer but from everybody in the annexation area).

If the city doesn’t accept the developer’s plans, the developer would likely protest the annexation. But its protest alone probably wouldn’t be enough to sink the annexation. A significant number of other property owners in the annexation area would have to voice their opposition, too.

If the annexation goes through over the developer’s protest, it would happen sometime after Dec. 1 and the city would have to start providing services right away – without the tax money to pay for those services until mid-2014.

The gap between a rock and a hard place is $1.3 million a year.

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

No Comments

    Leave a Comment


    LATEST CITY HEADLINES
    Friday, Sep 21, 2018
    The intersection of Newhall Ranch Road and McBean Parkway will be closed Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m., for the Federal Overlay Project being completed by the city of Santa Clarita to resurface the road.
    Friday, Sep 21, 2018
    The city of Santa Clarita has received the District Transparency Certificate of Excellence by the Special District Leadership Foundation in recognition of its outstanding efforts to promote transparency and good governance.
    Thursday, Sep 20, 2018
    The city of Santa Clarita and Caltrans engineers have partnered with Caltrans to provide traffic enhancements.
    Thursday, Sep 20, 2018
    Continuing the momentum developed from such programs as iTEENS during the school year and the Teen Summit hosted earlier in 2018, the city of Santa Clarita will host a teen leadership development training on Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., at the Newhall Community Center (22421 Market Street).
    Tuesday, Sep 18, 2018
    The next Canyon Country Advisory Committee (CCAC) meeting will be held Wednesday, Sept. 19, from 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

    Keep Up With Our Facebook
    Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
    1948 - Agua Dulce Women's Club organized [timeline]
    Los Angeles County firefighters, along with Angeles National Forest Service, are battling the "Charlie Fire" in Castaic.
    Charlie Fire in Castaic Grows to 3,380 acres, 10% Contained Sunday
    1969 - College of the Canyons opens with first class of students in temporary quarters at Hart High School [story]
    The contemporary art journal X-TRA and the Broad Museum in Downtown Los Angeles will present "The Un-Private Collection Workshop: Edgar Arceneaux" by the CalArts grad on Saturday, Sept. 22 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
    Sept. 22: Edgar Arceneaux Holds Financial Workshop at The Broad
    The Master's University men's basketball team, which finished 29-3 last season, has released its 2018-19 schedule.
    TMU Men’s Basketball Team Releases 2018-19 Schedule
    The Los Angeles County Fire Department has launched an updated "Ready! Set! Go!" program to assist residents living in wildfire-prone areas.
    Get Your Personal Ready! Set! Go! Wildfire Action Plan
    The William S. Hart Union School District Board of Governors will recognize the district's 2018-2019 Teachers of the Year at the board's next regular meeting Wednesday night, Sept. 26.
    Sept. 26: Hart Board to Honor District Teachers of the Year
    The next regular meeting of the Governing Board of the William S. Hart Union High School District is set for Wednesday, Sept. 26.
    Sept. 26: Hart District Governing Board Regular Meeting
    The intersection of Newhall Ranch Road and McBean Parkway will be closed Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 8:30 p.m. to 4:30 a.m., for the Federal Overlay Project being completed by the city of Santa Clarita to resurface the road.
    Newhall Ranch Road, McBean Parkway Intersection to Close Tuesday Night
    The California High-Speed Rail Authority has set an open house meeting in Agua Dulce on Saturday, Sept. 29 to gather public comment on the Palmdale to Burbank project section, which would closely follow Highway 14 through the Santa Clarita Valley.
    Sept. 29: Open House on Proposed High-Speed Rail Route Thru SCV
    Among the bills recently passed by California lawmakers and signed into law Thursday by Gov. Jerry Brown was Assembly Bill 3212, designed to strengthen the state's consumer protections for service members and military families, including California National Guard soldiers and airmen.
    Brown Signs Bill Boosting Consumer Protection for Service Members
    TMU All-American senior Benji Tembo scored in overtime, handing The Master's a 3-2 victory over the visiting Flames on Reese Field on Thursday.
    Tembo, Mangan Lead Mustangs to OT Victory
    College of the Canyons has opened registration for a series of free, short-term career skills classes this fall in the afternoons, evenings and online.
    COC Offers No-Cost Skills Classes Afternoons, Evenings, Online
    A roundtable discussion about a proposed Los Angeles County fee-based business registration program is set for the Stevenson Ranch Library on Tuesday, Sept. 25 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
    Sept. 25: Roundtable on County’s Proposed Business Registration Fee
    The next meeting of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors is set for Tuesday, Sept. 25, starting at 9:30 a.m.
    Sept. 25: LA County Board of Supervisors Meeting
    The city of Santa Clarita has received the District Transparency Certificate of Excellence by the Special District Leadership Foundation in recognition of its outstanding efforts to promote transparency and good governance.
    City Awarded Transparency Certificate of Excellence
    College of the Canyons was ranked among the top 50 best U.S. colleges for adult learners in Washington Monthly magazine’s ranking of “Best Two-Year Colleges for Adult Learners.”
    COC is No. 1 U.S. College for Adult Learners in SoCal
    California Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday inked legislation aimed at breaking society’s “infatuation” with plastic straws, beginning in 2019.
    California First State to Restrict Plastic Straws in Restaurants
    A teenage female driver escaped serious injury when her van tipped over onto its left side on Dorothy Street in Santa Clarita Friday morning, according to authorities.
    Teen Driver Escapes Serious Injury in Solo Tip-Over Crash
    1974 - COC's new Cougar Stadium opens for first game of football season; Harbor beats COC, 26-21 [story]
    The Old Town Newhall Association’s Chalk Art Festival is coming this weekend with dozens of local artists and organizations ready to share their works with the Santa Clarita Valley community.
    Organizations, Local Artists Taking Part in This Weekend’s Chalk Art Festival
    County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) encourages all pet owners to be prepared before disaster strikes.
    Animal Care & Control Encourages Pet Owners to Prepare for Disasters
    The contemporary art journal X-TRA and the Broad Museum in Downtown Los Angeles present, "The Un-Private Collection Workshop: Edgar Arceneaux" on Saturday, Sept. 22.
    Sept. 22: CalArts Alum Presents Financial Workshop at Broad Museum
    NORTHRIDGE - Senior defender Lindsay Kutscher has been selected as one of 30 women's soccer candidates for the Senior CLASS award.
    CSUN’s Lindsay Kutscher Candidate for Senior CLASS Award
    The Center for Digital Government (CDG) has presented the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation with one of its Best of California Awards, which recognize state and local government organizations for innovative technology initiatives.
    County Parks & Recreation Recognized with Best of California Award
    The city of Santa Clarita and Caltrans engineers have partnered with Caltrans to provide traffic enhancements.
    City Implements Traffic Improvements at Sierra Highway, Golden Valley Road
    Continuing the momentum developed from such programs as iTEENS during the school year and the Teen Summit hosted earlier in 2018, the city of Santa Clarita will host a teen leadership development training on Wednesday, Sept. 26, from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., at the Newhall Community Center (22421 Market Street).
    Sept. 26: ‘I Can Achieve Now!’ Teen Leadership Workshop
    NORTHRIDGE - CSUN's Michael Merchan has been named Co-Big West Athlete of the Week for men's cross country. Merchan is the first Matador men's cross country student-athlete to earn the award since it was established in 2001. Merchan shares the honor with Nick Randazzo of UCSB.
    CSUN’s Merchan Nabs Big West Co-Athlete of the Week
    California Secretary of State Alex Padilla stopped by Golden Valley High School Wednesday morning to encourage students to register to vote.
    CA Secretary of State Alex Padilla Encourages Local Students to Vote
    SACRAMENTO — California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, the California Air Resources Board, and New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas filed suit Tuesday against the Trump Administration for its unlawful attempt to dismantle critical environmental waste protections.
    Becerra Sues Trump Admin for Unlawful Attempt to Dismantle Waste Protections
    Kaiser Permanente will open all seasonal flu clinics throughout Southern California on Saturday, Sept. 22, and urges all members to get their no-cost vaccinations early.
    Sept. 22: Kaiser Permanente Opens Seasonal Flu Clinics Throughout So Cal
    On Tuesday, The Home Depot Foundation increased its financial support to $3 million for disaster relief efforts and communities impacted by recent disasters, including Hurricane Florence, Olivia, the California wildfires and flooding in the Midwest.
    Home Depot Foundation Increases Financial Support for Disaster Relief Efforts
    Los Angeles County took a major step towards fostering a vibrant business ecosystem to help the local bioscience industry reach its full potential as a job-creating economic engine that advances breakthroughs in global health.
    County Committed to Becoming Bioscience Global Leader
    SACRAMENTO – Every day, thousands of parents and caregivers in California travel with children in their vehicle.
    Sept. 23-29: Child Passenger Safety Week
    The 3rd annual Gran Fondo Santa Clarita will be held Saturday, Sept. 29, beginning at 8:00 a.m.
    Sept. 29: Gran Fondo Santa Clarita