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State OKs annexation

Posted: June 15, 2012 10:20 p.m.
Updated: June 15, 2012 10:20 p.m.
 

Three local communities are now officially part of the city of Santa Clarita following the Local Agency Formation Commission’s April approval for annexation, the city announced Friday.

The Local Agency Formation Commission for Los Angeles County, a state agency and independent body overseen by a nine-member commission, unanimously approved the annexation of Copperstone, Elsmere Canyon and Soledad Commons in April.

The three communities became part of the city of Santa Clarita on Thursday, city officials said.

The three annexations bring about 1,284 residents into the city and increases its boundary by about 890 acres, city officials said. Soledad Commons has about 13 acres of commercial land, Elsmere Canyon has more than 800 acres of city-owned open space, and the Copperstone development in Saugus has about 68 acres of land.

The three annexations are part of seven total annexations set to be completed by December. With the other four proposed annexations, Santa Clarita is expected to have a population of about 200,000 residents and become the third-largest city in Los Angeles County.

Still up for final approval are North Copper Hill in Saugus with 2,470 acres — 810 acres of which are city-owned open space — and 9,500 residents; Vista Canyon/Fair Oaks/Jakes Way with 2,440 acres of land and 14,900 residents; Norland Road in Canyon Country with 205 acres — 57 acres of which are city-owned open space — and South Sand Canyon in Canyon Country with 40 residents and 690 acres.

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