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Posted: January 25, 2008 2:44 a.m.
Updated: March 27, 2008 2:02 a.m.
Plans are progressing for a proposed 217-acre housing and commercial development in Canyon Country after the Santa Clarita City Council selected a consultant to draft an environmental impact report this week.

The Vista Canyon Ranch project would bring 1,200 to 1,600 residential units, up to 1.5 million square feet of commercial use and a Metrolink station to an area of Canyon Country just outside the city limits.
The project would be built along Long Canyon Road, east of the Fair Oaks Ranch community, south of Highway 14 and west of Soledad Canyon Road.
Lynne Plambeck, president of Santa Clarita Organization for Planning and the Environment, told the council she thinks the proposed project is too close to the Santa Clara River.
City Senior Planner Jeff Hogan said he expects the EIR to go before the city Planning Commission and the City Council this fall.
Developer Vista Canyon Ranch LLC is seeking to annex the site into the city, but before the site is annexed, the final project plans would have to be approved by the City Council and an application would then be filed by the county Local Agency Formation Commission.
Plans for the project include residential units, a mixed-use town center, a Metrolink station, 12 acres of parkland and 80 acres of open space.
Commercial uses could include a theater, a 200-room hotel, and offices and retail that could generate approximately 2,400 new jobs, according to the city.
The developer is also proposing to bridge Lost Canyon Road over the Santa Clara River from the Fair Oaks Ranch community to Soledad Canyon Road. Lost Canyon Road would split off and connect with Sand Canyon Road.


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