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Draft calls for eco-friendly development

• Plan encourages low-impact housing

Posted: June 19, 2008 12:35 a.m.
Updated: August 20, 2008 5:03 a.m.
 

Eco-friendly development will be a bigger focus for the city of Santa Clarita in the coming years, according to the new conservation and open space element of the draft general plan.

The plan encourages low-impact housing that properly uses insulation to save energy, and native landscaping to save water.

The One Valley One Vision plan, which will likely be adopted in the spring of 2009, is a joint county and city long-term plan for the Santa Clarita Valley.

Also included in the conservation and open space element are goals to improve air quality by increasing public bus service and improving pedestrian access to bus stops.

"We know that global temperatures are increasing and that human populations are contributors to that," Senior Planner Jason Smisko said at a Planning Commission study session Tuesday. "We recognize that the greatest threat to our air resources is the automobile."

He said the city also wants to improve paseos, bike paths and trail linkages to encourage alternative methods of transportation.

The conservation section of One Valley, One Vision is available for viewing at www.santa-clarita.com.

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