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Laurie Ender: One Valley, One Vision -- one plan, four themes

Posted: March 28, 2009 11:14 p.m.
Updated: March 29, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 
Over the last several years, the city of Santa Clarita and Los Angeles county have been working with residents of this valley to create a joint general plan, the first of its kind in L.A. County.

By working together on the preservation of our neighborhoods, the provision of jobs for our residents and a variety of housing types, both agencies are assuring that the 485-square-mile Santa Clarita Valley is one that future generations will love to call home.

There are four major themes of the city/county joint general plan, "One Valley, One Vision."

They include completing the greenbelt around the city; creating a jobs-housing balance in the valley; identifying the Town Center as our Valley Center; and branding the "Valley of Villages" concept for the Santa Clarita Valley.

The greenbelt around the city is not new to Santa Clarita; in fact, our leaders have been purchasing open space for many years.

But creating a greenbelt around our valley will help protect our community from the encroachment of development in the years to come. It will also provide a beautiful buffer for the community.

The jobs-housing balance is also a high priority for both the city and the county. The current business clusters, inclusive of film/tourism, biomedical and aerospace, have brought hundreds of local companies to Santa Clarita's industrial parks.

The goal of the One Valley, One Vision plan is to work toward two jobs for every household in a diversified business climate.

By identifying Town Center as our valley's center, we are concentrating a rich blend of retail, office and some housing in the center of the community, accessible to all.

Already home to the Hyatt Valencia, a Sheraton hotel and conference room will soon be presented for city approval, which would be located adjacent to the McBean Transfer Station on McBean Parkway near Valencia Boulevard.

The Valley of Villages is another concept that has been successful in other communities. It entails bringing together attractive and mixed housing, retail, office, light industrial, recreational amenities and transportation to an area that is also walkable.

The old concept of urban sprawl breeds congestion, adding many more cars to our already-overburdened roadways and freeways. By providing livable neighborhoods that are easily accessible to buses and carpooling, and by providing desirable shopping venues and employment opportunities in a centrally located area, we are successfully reducing our carbon footprint while enhancing the quality of life for our residents.

Good planning principles in the One Valley, One Vision general plan will result in fewer housing units in the valley than the existing plans.

If you would like someone to address your group, homeowner association or club meeting to provide an overview of One Valley,
One Vision, give us a call at (661) 255-4330.

For more information about the city/county joint general plan, you can also visit www.santa-clarita.com/vgp.

Laurie Ender is a Santa Clarita City Councilwoman. "Live from City Hall" is a column provided to The Signal by the city of Santa Clarita. Her column reflects her own views and not necessarily those of The Signal.

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