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1855 - Sanford & Cyrus Lyon establish Lyon's Station (for stagecoaches) near today's Sierra Hwy & Newhall Ave [story]


The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors will address the controversial Newhall Ranch project proposed along the Santa Clara River in their meeting Tuesday starting at 9:30 a.m.

The hearing will focus on the first two tracts (6,000 units) of the 21,000-unit project to be built west of Interstate 5 on Highway 126, adjacent to the Santa Clara River, Los Angeles County’s last free-flowing river.

While a recent Supreme Court decision allowed the Newhall Ranch to move forward, Santa Clarita Valley environmental activists are challenging a claim by the developers, FivePoint (formerly Newhall Land/Lennar), that the massive project will produce zero greenhouse gasses.

Supervisors approved the project in 2011, and environmentalists believe the final Environmental Impact Report is outdated and incomplete.

The report doesn’t factor in California’s six-year drought or the impact on traffic, energy production, air quality and waste disposal that will result from the expansion of the adjacent Chiquita Canyon Landfill recently approved by the Supervisors, according to the Santa Clarita Organization for Planning and the Environment.

The report also only focuses on just two sections, greenhouse gasses and biology.

Further, the final EIR for the development’s Mission and Landmark Villages tracts (1,444 and 4,060 units, respectively) went directly to the Board of Supervisors, bypassing the Planning Commission and the usual process for public comments.

On Tuesday, SCOPE representatives will ask the Supervisors to reschedule the hearing with proper 30-day notice, and after the EIR goes to the Planning Commission first.

Tuesday’s hearing will take place in the Board of Supervisors Hearing Room at 500 W. Temple St., Los Angeles 90012.

SCOPE is setting up a carpool for Santa Clarita Valley residents who would like to attend the meeting. RSVP to lynnepl1@juno.com.

Residents unable to attend may send comments to publichearing@bos.lacounty.gov.

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21 Comments

  1. Please for the love of all things holy please vote no

  2. Matt Graham Matt Graham says:

    Scv dose not need more houses

  3. What a nightmare this is going to be for all of us!

  4. Robert Weiss Robert Weiss says:

    Necessary mitigation: one additional car lane in both directions on 5 through Santa Clarita.

  5. Dan says:

    Darn! I’m working today and can’t make this. If While today’s meeting isn’t going to address water, I believe that the EIR for this project is greatly outdated in regard to water consumption. Our government tells us that we are in danger of running out of water, then goes on to approve a project that will add a population equivalent to one-third of the entire Santa Clarita Valley. The LA Times seems to be the only LA County publication that does any serious investigation regarding such things. For one, I’d like to know which politicians have received money from Newhall Ranch, and how much. And if you look at the project’s traffic plan, it is absolutely horrible! This thing has slid thru the process way too easy.

  6. Travis Levy says:

    Our town is hanging on by a tread and this will for sure be the end to SCV. Completely disgusted how greed made this happen.

  7. Matt Graham Matt Graham says:

    We need more after school programs or more lanes on the freeway

  8. Matt Graham Matt Graham says:

    Or how bout a new skate park
    Maybe a new ice cream shop
    Just saying that it is hott :)

  9. Gary Sande Gary Sande says:

    Its just so wrong what these LA politicians are doing here.

  10. Len says:

    Not sure how folks excpect to address the housing crisis in this state, namely the rising costs, without building more homes. It’s inevitable that there needs to be more construction, or the poor and middle class families will continue to be priced out of the state due to a major housing shortage.

  11. Jake Thorne Jake Thorne says:

    Let’s just change the city name to van nuys.2

    • RogerDeanD says:

      Anyone else noticed the rise in SCV news reports focusing on criminal activity? Break-ins while residents are home, in the house at 3am? SCV Sheriff’s arresting criminals with several ounces of methamphetamine, guns and money? Anyone else noticed the rise in emergency sirens during a week? It’s not science, it’s common sense. As the population increases the element that has no desire to contribute to our beautiful valley only look to prey on the rest of us? Carjacking. Break and Enter, Armed Robbery, More drugs and money and weapons increase exponentially! A moratorium on building period. You want to build something? Then pay attention to some of the other level headed comments here…expand freeway lanes, push for more green areas, look for smart, conveniently placed recharging stations to promote fewer combustible vehicles. SCV used to stand for greener, better, smarter more beautiful planned living spaces. Not, as one comment so succinctly and sarcastically points out, Van Nuys.2 – Who’s welfare and standard of living are our current leaders looking out for?

  12. Please pack it in more – I love road rage – traffic is awesome to be stuck in – hell let’s raise our taxes to help them build it too – I saw more dirt you can turn into cement – there’s plenty of room

  13. What a shame to ruin that beautiful area along the 126.

  14. MICHAEL CALEY says:

    What a tragedy, water, water, water, traffic, traffic, traffic.

  15. Steve says:

    The vote was approved with 4 reps voting yes and one not voting. The fact that it was across the road from a landfill was not a factor at all. There will be a school 1/3 mile from the landfill. The landfill will have to test on a regular basis for harmful gases, but if found out of violation there will be no fine.

  16. 1 hospital out here, not enough highways or water etc 😡

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