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Santa Clarita Planning Commission approves senior housing plan

Posted: July 2, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: July 2, 2014 2:00 a.m.

A sign noting a public hearing on the proposed senior living facility is posted at the site on Newhall Ranch Road, between Vanderbilt Way and Rye Canyon Road, on Tuesday. Signal photo by Katharine Lotze.

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Members of the Santa Clarita Planning Commission voted Tuesday to approve plans for a senior housing project off Newhall Ranch Road.

The project’s applicant, Oakmont Senior Living, proposes constructing a two-story, 81-unit residential service and care facility for seniors south of Newhall Ranch Road, between West Rye Canyon Road and Vanderbilt Way.

The project site is approximately eight acres and consists of a pad created in 2007.

“The project would provide senior citizens with an active living environment that includes on-site medical supervision,” reads the description of the project. “A variety of amenities are incorporated into the site including a central quad, a green for pets, walking paths, outdoor dining areas and a community garden.

“Approximately 25 percent of the units would be dedicated for the care of patients with Alzheimer’s disease,” the description continues.

Additionally, shuttle service would be offered to transport those at the facility to nearby shopping and amenities, officials said Tuesday.

One concern raised by members of the Planning Commission was the traffic flow out of the proposed site. Vehicles would only be able to turn right onto Newhall Ranch Road to exit the site, according to the proposal.

“I drove that street today and people are driving 50 mph, 55 mph, so it concerns me that you have people entering that stream of traffic at a high speed,” said Planning Commissioner Diane Trautman.

City staff said nearby signals should provide adequate breaks in traffic for people to exit the site.

Planning Commissioners voted unanimously to approve the project Tuesday.

“This will be a great addition to the city as we continually strive to accommodate the senior population with quality housing needs,” said Tom Cole, the city’s director of community development.
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