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Community standards district OK’d for Agua Dulce

Posted: March 10, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: March 10, 2014 2:00 a.m.
 

County supervisors have approved a new community standards district for Agua Dulce, OK’ing residents’ bid to maintain the rural nature of the area.

“Through the hard work of the (Agua Dulce) Town Council and property owners, this action will protect Agua Dulce’s vital equestrian lifestyle, trail system and sensitive natural features including Vasquez Rocks,” Supervisor Michael Antonovich said in a statement after the proposal passed last week.

“It will minimize the unnecessary influence of urban infrastructure, street lights and concrete sidewalks that would alter the rural character of the community.”

A community standards district in the county is generally approved if sufficient members of a community come together and request exceptions to the general curbs-and-gutters, street lights and other zoning standards found in developed areas.

In Agua Dulce’s case, a community standards district was established in 1985, but the Town Council approached Antonovich in 2006 and requested it be revised to provide more stringent guidelines, spokesman Tony Bell said.

It took five years to revise it, he said, and then the proposed changes had to be reviewed by county counsel before it could be passed.

Other Santa Clarita Valley communities with their own standards districts include Castaic and Sand Canyon. Acton also has a community standards district.

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