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Santa Clarita City Council votes to examine purchase of open space

Posted: March 13, 2013 4:52 p.m.
Updated: March 13, 2013 4:52 p.m.

The Santa Clarita City Council moved ahead with plans to increase its open space this week, signaling to the county it is interested in 62 acres of land set to go on the auction block.

By a 4-0 vote with Councilman Frank Ferry absent, council members expressed interest in three separate properties belonging to Los Angeles County, according to Rick Gould, director of the city’s Parks, Recreation and Community Services Department.

The first property consists of 10 acres west of Interstate 5 and south of Pico Canyon Road.

The other two parcels are a combined 52 acres of contiguous land directly south of the Golden Valley Ranch open space area on Placerita Canyon Road.

Acquiring the two properties on Placerita Canyon could provide additional trails for hikers, equestrians and cyclists, according to city officials.

The owners of the three properties have failed to pay their property taxes, meaning the county can move forward with auctioning them off, Gould said Wednesday.

He estimated the entire auction process could take as long as two years.

Santa Clarita property owners voted in July 2007 to create an Open Space Preservation District and allot portions of their property taxes to buy open space.

The city already owns more than 7,200 acres of open space, part of a plan to surround Santa Clarita with a “green belt” to help define boundaries and protect from suburban sprawl.
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