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Las Lomas project not dead

City's draft sphere-of-influence EIR to be considered by planning commission

Posted: May 31, 2009 10:25 p.m.
Updated: June 1, 2009 9:00 a.m.
Developer Dan Palmer's failed Las Lomas project is back on Santa Clarita's plate - sort of.

On Tuesday the planning commission will review the draft environmental impact report for the 595-acre plot of unincorporated Los Angeles County property on the ridge line north of the Interstate 5-Highway 14 interchange. If the planning commission signs off on the draft and the city council approves it, the next step would be for the city to apply for a sphere-of-influence change.

In March 2008 the Los Angeles City Council voted 10-5 to stop any further work on the Las Lomas project, which proposed peppering the hilly property with a mixed-use, 5,500-home "village."

The developers also proposed building 2 million square-feet of commercial space and a 300-room hotel.

The history of the EIRprepared by Santa Clarita dates to 2005.

In June 2005, the city council voted to apply for a sphere-of-influence amendment with the Local Agency Formation Commission, which rules on municipal boundary changes.

That application was challenged by the Las Lomas Land Co. LLC, which desired to eventually annex its project site into the city of Los Angeles.

About 75 percent of the Las Lomas property was within Santa Clarita's sphere-of-influence amendment proposal.

Among the reasons the city wants its sphere of influence amended is to provide input into development decisions, according to an agenda report.

In June 2006 the Superior Court ruled that Santa Clarita need to prepare an EIR for its application.

The public review period of the EIR began on April 20 and ends June 10.

"The city is still committed to dealing with Las Lomas," City Councilwoman Laurene Weste said Friday.

Palmer resigned from Las Lomas last December, but company official have said they are still committed to returning with a revamped proposal.

If the planning commission signs off on the draft EIR and closes the public hearing, the document's next stop will be before the City Council for final approval.

The Planning Commission meets at 7 p.m. in the City Council chambers at City Hall, located at 23920 Valencia Blvd.


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