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Recess is over for City Council

Speed bumps, permit proposals on Tuesday's agenda

Posted: August 23, 2008 9:05 p.m.
Updated: October 25, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 

At their first meeting following the summer recess, members of the Santa Clarita City Council will get back to some of their unfinished business Tuesday.

After conducting a neighborhood meeting earlier this month, city staff have proposed adding temporary speed bumps to Benz Road in Saugus.

Residents have reported high speed and traffic volumes on Benz Road and the surrounding streets during the past five years as commuters use the streets as short cuts between Copperhill Drive and Bouquet Canyon Road.

The city and county have used traffic calming techniques including signs that restrict usage during peak hours.

Residents, however, have demanded the city do more to slow drivers down on their street.

The city is now proposing to install temporary speed cushions at 20 to 30 locations along Benz Road, Canterwood Drive, Contessa Avenue, Franwood Drive, Alaminos Drive and Kathleen Avenue as a pilot program.

City staff would collect speed and volume data and evaluate the effectiveness after six months.

The speed bumps would be removed after six months unless the affected residents approve a benefit assessment district to pay for the installation of permanent speed bumps, according to a city staff report.

In other business, council members will consider a proposal that would require residents and business owners to get a permit to be able to modify a structure that is on the city's list of historic sites.

The proposal is meant to be a temporary way to help preserve the city's history. City planners are working to develop a more permanent historic preservation review.

Property owners wanting to make modifications that would affect the historical significance of the building would need to apply for a city permit. Permits cost about $2,300, but the fee would be waived for residential properties.

The historic site list includes the Pardee House, the Saugus Train Station and many of Newhall's oldest homes.

Minor changes, like replacing carpeting, are excluded from the requirement.

The city Planning Commission approved the proposal in July. Though the plan was well received by historians, residents living in older homes were concerned about their property rights.

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