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More traffic irks The Master's College neighbors

Campus describes expansion plans to Planning Commission

Posted: July 3, 2008 12:08 a.m.
Updated: September 3, 2008 5:03 a.m.

It’s not the new dormitory or the 55,000-square-foot chapel in The Master’s College expansion plans that are worrying some of the residents; it’s the thought of bringing more cars to Dockweiler Drive and Deputy Jake Drive that irks them.

The plans will bring swift-moving traffic to a neighborhood that already sees motorists speeding and ignoring stop signs, residents living near the two streets told the Planning Commission on Tuesday. Some of the streets don’t have sidewalks and children often walk down the streets to and from McGrath Elementary School, the residents said.

“We’re having trouble getting our people going the right speed limit now,” said resident Javier Marquez. “It’s a miracle something hasn’t happened to those kids.”

“No one ever stops. It’s insane,” said Kathleen Allen, who lives on the corner of Dockweiler and Valle del Oro.

A separate project proposed by the city would connect Dockweiler Drive to Lyons Avenue in downtown Newhall. Dockweiler would then eventually stretch from Sierra Highway to Lyons Avenue. Dockweiler would be considered a secondary highway and would be fully paved the size of a four-lane road, but only striped as a two-lane road initially.

The Placerita Canyon Property Owners Association is supporting the project, but residents living on the nearby hill said they feel left out.

Consultant Dennis Hardgrove said, “We will continue to work to (the Placerita Canyon Property Owners Association) and will continue a dialogue with the Hidden Knolls community.”

Commissioner Bill Kennedy asked city staff to start addressing the issue now and beef up enforcement of those who speed and ignore stop signs along Dockweiler Drive.

The road extension is separate from the Master Plan, which includes a new chapel, two classrooms, a new dormitory and 257 more parking spaces. There will also be additions and some demolition to existing buildings on campus. Another part of the plan calls for 54 multi-family condominium units south of the future Dockweiler Drive.

The commission agreed to continue the public hearings and will dig into potential environmental issues when commissioners review the draft Environmental Impact Report at a July 29 special meeting.

Commissioners will discuss issues and concerns at public hearings expected to last through the fall.


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