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Our View: Happy about preservation

Posted: December 4, 2009 5:16 p.m.
Updated: December 6, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 

Since Santa Clarita’s incorporation in December 1987, our city has seen much change, and that will continue.

Throughout two decades of development, the nature of what was once a quiet farming community has changed radically, becoming a bustling suburb.

That’s just the reality of living in Southern California.

That said, we applaud the City Council for taking another step Nov. 24 to preserve the character of Newhall with its approval of a special standards district for the Happy Valley neighborhood.

With a unanimous vote, the council gave the residents of the roughly 273-acre neighborhood more say when it comes to new development in their area.

Turn off Lyons Avenue and drive down the wide streets of Happy Valley, and you could almost forget you’re in busy Santa Clarita.

Street lights, curbs and sidewalks are sparse. Low, ranch-style homes occupy comfortable lots peppered with sprawling old trees.

The din of freeway traffic is noticeably absent.

The whole neighborhood exudes a certain charm — the kind of dusty Western charm that ought to be protected from cookie-cutter stucco houses that would stick out like a cowboy in a tea room.

Change is inevitable.

At the same time, it benefits us all to preserve the individual character of our community and to grant residents a say in that preservation.

So we say “hats off” to the Santa Clarita City Council for doing just that last month.

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