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Councilwoman Marsha McLean: Help Create the Soledad Canyon Road Corridor Plan

Posted: October 1, 2013 8:40 a.m.
Updated: October 1, 2013 8:40 a.m.
 

SANTA CLARITA - Now the third largest city in Los Angeles County, Santa Clarita is home to more than 203,000 residents, 6,000+ businesses, thousands of acres of open space, and more than 30 parks. As our city matures and evolves, the principle of community involvement that led to incorporation in 1987 remains at the heart of Santa Clarita’s plans for the future of our great city.

With the help of the community, business and property owners, the city is in the beginning stages of drafting a planning document that will guide future development and uses within the commercial corridor of Soledad Canyon Road, between Camp Plenty Road and Solamint Road.

This planning document is called the Soledad Canyon Road Corridor Plan, and like the Lyons Avenue Corridor Plan adopted in August of this year, the Soledad Corridor Plan does not propose any new development, but serves as a planning tool to guide future changes when desired by property owners.

Why Does Santa Clarita Need Corridor Plans?

Santa Clarita needs to implement a well-planned approach for all future development in the city. Our residents want to enjoy connectivity in our community, and appreciate convenience and easy availability to the grocery store, salon, sporting goods store, and doctor’s office that doesn’t entail driving miles across town and back.

As a resident, I want to be able to walk down the street for dinner and coffee, hike through miles of open space in my neighborhood or close by, and any opportunity for decreased dependence in my vehicle – even in car-centric California. I appreciated the planning process for the Lyons Avenue Corridor Plan and look forward to the success of the Soledad Plan.
Corridor plans, like the Soledad Canyon Corridor Plan, will help the community and its businesses through thoughtful and coordinated planning.

Corridor plans can propose replacement of vacant or run-down properties with high quality “infill” projects that provide jobs, living opportunities, and stores and services. This type of planning is happening in communities across the United States, not just in Santa Clarita, as residents prefer development that is environmentally sensitive, economically viable, community-oriented, and sustainable.

Smart planning isn’t just about accessibility and convenience; it also supports preservation of Santa Clarita’s history and natural settings. For example, instead of constructing development that looks similar to everywhere else, Corridor Plans promote interesting, unique neighborhoods and districts that reflect the area’s distinct values and heritage.

The Process for Developing the Plan and Getting Involved

City staff kicked off the Soledad Canyon Road Corridor planning process by evaluating and documenting each property within the corridor planning area. This process allows staff to create illustrative maps that will be used during the public outreach process and as the plan is developed.

The next step is gathering feedback and engaging in conversations with residents and business owners about the current design characteristics and what should be represented in the plan. The city will host the first outreach workshop on Wednesday, October 23 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Canyon Country Library, located at 18601 Soledad Canyon Road.

Those unable to attend the workshop can still participate and share comments at the project’s interactive blogging website at SantaClaritaCorridorPlan.com and/or attend future outreach meetings.

Once feedback has been received, drafts of the plan will be available for review and comment, and will likely take a year or more to complete. When finished, the result will be a user-friendly document that includes plenty of detail to clearly illustrate and promote high quality development that reflects what we as residents want to see in our neighborhoods.

If you would like to be notified about workshops or updates on the Soledad Canyon Road Corridor Plan and the planning process, please sign up under “Subscribe To Blog Via Email” on the SantaClaritaCorridorPlan.com website. Public outreach feedback will be posted on the website so check back often.

Marsha McLean is a member of the Santa Clarita City Council and can be reached at mmclean@santa-clarita.com.

 

 

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