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Nearly 500 homes planned for Castaic site

Previously proposed development was to feature luxury homes, Arnold Palmer-designed golf course

Posted: January 13, 2014 6:34 p.m.
Updated: January 13, 2014 6:34 p.m.

Extensive infrastructure was constructed at the planned luxury home development in Castaic before the land went onto the foreclosure auction block. Photo by Charlie Kaijo

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SANTA CLARITA - Los Angeles County planners are moving ahead with a nearly 500-home development on Hasley Canyon Road in Castaic where 200 luxury homes and a golf course designed by legend Arnold Palmer were previously planned.

Agencies charged with issuing permits for housing developments have until Jan. 31 to provide county officials with specific details about the scope and content of the environmental information needed in the plan’s principal development document, the Environmental Impact Report.

The 430 acres of rolling hills on Hasley Canyon Road between Barcelona Road to the north and Hasley Creek to the south was approved by the county Planning Department in April 2007 for a development called Los Valles. It was to feature 14 recreation lots, 209 homes and a golf course designed by famed golfer Arnold Palmer.

But the bottom fell out of the housing market, the property wound up as an asset in bankruptcy court, and in 2011 it was purchased in a foreclosure proceeding by Delaware-based SFI Los Valles Company LLC.

The new Los Valles calls for more than double the original number of homes but, at the same time, swaps intended golf course land for spacious residential lots.

Specifically, it calls for 497 dwelling units on lot sizes ranging from 7,000 to 12,000 square feet. a recreation center, a 19-acre community park, seven private recreational lots and about five miles of pedestrian trails and accompanying infrastructure.

Open space concepts in keeping with Santa Clarita Valley’s One Valley, One Vision general plan include gate-controlled restrictions to vehicle traffic and “unobstructed pedestrian access” through the same area.

Planners say the new project is designed for “low urban density” — which means big homes on big lots — specifically, 1.2 dwelling units per acre of land. The new applicant, they note in their Notice of Preparation, is making the best use of the extensive grading already done to accommodate a golf course.

For years, anyone traveling by the site on Hasley Canyon recalls seeing a battery of heavy-duty bulldozers lined up there. The previous owner moved more than 12 million cubic yards of dirt to prepare the site for construction.

Foundational infrastructure prepared on the site included electrical installation, storm drains, sewers, graded roadways, golf course fairways and home pads, and a 750,000 gallon water tank.

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