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citylogo_sealCITY OF SANTA CLARITA
PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING

Tuesday, March 4, 2014
6:00 p.m.

City Council Chambers
23920 Valencia Boulevard
Santa Clarita, CA 91355

AGENDA

 


In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, if you need special assistance to participate in this meeting, please contact the Planning Division at (661) 255-4330. Notification 48 hours prior to the meeting will enable the City to make reasonable arrangements to ensure accessibility to this meeting. (28CFR 35.102-35.104 ADA Title II)


 

CALL TO ORDER

FLAG SALUTE

ROLL CALL

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

APPROVAL OF MINUTES OF THE February 18, 2013, STUDY SESSION AND REGULAR MEETING

COMMISSION SECRETARY ANNOUNCEMENT

A. CONTINUED PUBLIC HEARING

ITEM 1MASTER CASE NO. 13-115, ZONE CHANGE 13-008, SPECIFIC PLAN AMENDMENT 13-002 (ZONING AMENDMENT)

Case Planner: Ben Jarvis, Associate Planner

Applicant: City of Santa Clarita

Location: Downtown Newhall Specific Plan Area

Request: The project would amend the Downtown Newhall Specific Plan (DNSP) to reformat the document to a standard size, change the zoning on 28 parcels, and revise the code to clean up minor errors, better define land uses, and reflect updated references to the Unified Development Code. This would be the fourth amendment to the DNSP.

Recommendation: Staff recommends that the Planning Commission receive additional testimony from the public; close the public hearing; and adopt Resolution P14-01 that recommends that the City Council (1) adopt the Negative Declaration prepared for the project, and (2) approve Master Case 13-115, consisting of Zone Change 13-008 and Specific Plan Amendment 13-002 (Zoning Amendment), consisting of amendments to the Downtown Newhall Specific Plan (Exhibit “A”).

einstein-logoB. PUBLIC HEARING

ITEM 2MASTER CASE NO. 13-075, CONDITIONAL USE PERMIT 13-005

Case Planner: Mike Marshall, Assistant Planner II

Applicant: Albert Einstein Academy for Letters, Arts and Sciences

Location: 25300 Rye Canyon Road (APN: 2866-011-010)

Request: The applicant is requesting the approval of a conditional use permit to allow for the operation of a primary school with up to 650 students in grades Kindergarten-6th (K-6), with an additional 37 teachers and employees. The property is located in the BP (Business Park) zone within the Valencia Industrial Center.

Recommendation: Staff recommends that the Planning Commission receive the information and materials that constitute Master Case 13-075 (CUP 13-005) and adopt Resolution P14-04 denying the request for a Conditional Use Permit to allow for the operation of a primary school within the BP zone at 25300 Rye Canyon Road in the Valencia Industrial Center.

C. PLANNING MANAGER’S REPORT

D. PLANNING COMMISSIONERS’ REPORTS

E. PUBLIC BUSINESS FROM THE FLOOR

This time has been set aside for the public to address the Commission on items that are NOT on the agenda. Commission will not act upon those items at this meeting, other than to review and return without action, or provide direction to staff. ALL speakers must submit a speaker’s slip to the Secretary PRIOR to this portion of the meeting, and prepare a presentation not to exceed three (3) minutes.


F. ADJOURNMENT

 

Complete packets are available for public inspection at the City Clerk’s front counter and the Permit Center front counter. Any writings or documents distributed to a majority of the members of the Planning Commission regarding any open session item on this agenda will be made available for public inspection in the Permit Center located at 23920 Valencia Boulevard, Suite 140, during normal business hours. These writings or documents will also be available for review at the meeting.

Thank you for attending your City Planning Commission meeting. If you have any questions or wish to know more about the City or the Community Development Department, please call (661) 255-4330 Monday through Thursday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Fridays 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
CERTIFICATION

I, Jeff W. Hogan, do hereby certify that I am the duly appointed and qualified Planning Manager for
the City of Santa Clarita, and that on February 15, 2013, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 5:00
p.m., the foregoing agenda was posted at City Hall, Valencia Library, and the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s
Station.

____________
Jeff W. Hogan, AICP
Planning Manager
Santa Clarita, California

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25 Comments

  1. The “arts” part must not include typography :(

  2. Recomendation to deny? Why?

  3. Joel Cooke Joel Cooke says:

    A school with 650 kids in a business park? Roll up the door kids… time for recess!! Roach Coach lunch again?

  4. Juan Vallejo Juan Vallejo says:

    Aren’t they 05 … They’ve been rejected numerous times.

  5. Teresa says:

    The recomendation for denial is likely due to several factors. A charter is paid for with public funds, and is generally supposed to provide services in an area that the local school district is lacking. For example, if our local districts were low performing in math, parents might want an opportunity for their children to be at a different school, a school that is free and public, but not run the same policy umbrella as their failing school. Our local schools are not failing. Another issue is that they have to seek approval from the district they are building in. Previously, this charter promised a site in Agua Dulce. Agua Dulce approved it. Students were being taken out of local schools here, and bused to Agua Dulce, presumably with Agua Dulce funds. Next, there is the matter of location. The industrial center is not exactly the best spot for an elementary school. Have you ever had to go through the mixed use industrial area on Smyth when Valencia students are released? There would have to be changes in traffic patterns and speed limits for this site to open there.

  6. They are purchasing the Pinecrest location on Orchard Village now.

  7. Great kids, great school=great adults
    Good Luck

  8. Out daughter is currently attending this school and we love it and our daughter loves it. Joel, I don’t know any other kids in a locate public school learning Mandarin and Hebrew. And I wish we got for lunch what these kids get to choose from ie. Sushi.

  9. Out daughter is currently attending this school and we love it and our daughter loves it. Joel, I don’t know any other kids in a locate public school learning Mandarin and Hebrew. And I wish we got for lunch what these kids get to choose from ie. Sushi.

  10. Vicky Hull Vicky Hull says:

    I don’t see the problem with putting a school in the industrial center Trinity school is there I’m sure they don’t roll Amy door open and don’t eat from a roach coach

  11. Vicky Hull Vicky Hull says:

    I don’t see the problem with putting a school in the industrial center Trinity school is there I’m sure they don’t roll Amy door open and don’t eat from a roach coach

  12. Tia Herrell Tia Herrell says:

    Meredith Ward lol we just talked about this. I hope they get the Pinecrest property.

  13. Tia Herrell Tia Herrell says:

    Meredith Ward lol we just talked about this. I hope they get the Pinecrest property.

  14. My son went to Pinecrest from 18months-6yrs old and he is currently attending AEa in Agua Dulce. His math and reading grades have improved drastically. The foreign language is an added bonus to the curriculum. Also lunch is amazing, chicken Caesar salad, sushi, hummus/ pita and veggies box. I just don’t see why all the negativity behind this school???

  15. My son went to Pinecrest from 18months-6yrs old and he is currently attending AEa in Agua Dulce. His math and reading grades have improved drastically. The foreign language is an added bonus to the curriculum. Also lunch is amazing, chicken Caesar salad, sushi, hummus/ pita and veggies box. I just don’t see why all the negativity behind this school???

  16. Wow this is crazy!!! Is Albert Einstein academy pre school through middle school? Can someone tell me abt the school since if they buy pinecrest( which we are currently leaving to go to Montessori)

  17. Wow this is crazy!!! Is Albert Einstein academy pre school through middle school? Can someone tell me abt the school since if they buy pinecrest( which we are currently leaving to go to Montessori)

  18. I read the agenda and it doesn’t say anything abt them buy pinecrest talks abt them getting space in the industrial center….

  19. I read the agenda and it doesn’t say anything abt them buy pinecrest talks abt them getting space in the industrial center….

  20. Tia Herrell Tia Herrell says:

    Buying Pinecrest may just be a rumor but they may be considering it.

  21. Diana Sotela Esposito says:

    Agua Dulce funds are not being used for bus transportation. The parents are paying out of pocket for the bus. That’s how bad we want to be with AEA. Thousands of us parents are sticking with it through thick and thin. This school does provide a service they cannot get a public Elementary, Languages and smaller class sizes beyond 3rd grade.

  22. They opened escrow last week on the Pinecrest property.

  23. My understanding is Pinecrest is big enough for the current student body but does not allow accommodation for the very very long wait list.

    The AeA junior high & high school is just up the street, across from Trinity in an industrial area. Both schools are doing very well. AeA JH/HS has a substantial wait list as well.

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