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City planners to consider housing development

Proposal comes as stock of available housing diminishes

Posted: November 16, 2009 9:45 p.m.
Updated: November 17, 2009 8:00 a.m.
 

The city's planning commission will decide whether to approve preliminary plans for a 35-home residential development in Canyon Country tonight.

The proposed Canyon Brook development site is located at the end of Oak Spring Canyon Road and Sam Place, north of Soledad Canyon Road. Homes will be built on a 7.5-acre plot southeast of a ridgeline.

Surrounding the development will be 37 acres of undeveloped open space. The development would include a trail system for residents, with two trail heads, said Glen Yamamoto, an associate with Brooks Street, the site's developer.

The company plans on building both one- and two-story homes, Yamamoto said. There are also plans to build hiking trails for residents in the mountainous open space around the development he said. The trails will include two picnic areas with tables and drinking fountains, according to the planning report.

The proposal comes as Santa Clarita's stock of available housing has shrunk over the past year.

According to the city's most recent economic report, the number of available single family homes has decreased from 854 in August 2008, to 383 in August 2009 - a record low, the report says.

Demand for new home construction in Santa Clarita has increased over the last year, a sign that the housing market is beginning to recover, said Paul Brotzman, the city's director of community development.

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