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Santa Clarita moving forward with new annexation

Posted: March 27, 2013 4:44 p.m.
Updated: March 27, 2013 4:44 p.m.

The Santa Clarita City Council voted this week to move forward with what one official called the “last in a pipeline” of annexations over the past several years.

Council members voted unanimously Tuesday night to move forward with the North Saugus Annexation and submit the project to the Los Angeles County Local Agency Formation Commission for review.

The city will now take the annexation proposal to the commission for review and approval.

City Planning Manager Jeff Hogan estimated the annexation process would be completed by the end of this year or early 2014.

The North Saugus Annexation area is 827 acres of mostly uninhabited land north of Copper Hill Drive near the boundary of the Angeles National Forest, according to the project proposal.

About 421 acres of the annexation area is made up of movie ranches, including two owned by the Veluzat family, Hogan said Wednesday.

The owners of the Veluzat movie ranches asked about joining the city in spring 2012, he said, adding, “One of the city’s general plan goals is to continue to support the film industry.”

The city absorbed the Rancho Deluxe, Rancho Maria and Sable Ranch movie ranches in Canyon Country as part of the South Sand Canyon annexation that was completed earlier this year.

Santa Clarita’s film office reported an economic impact of $21.7 million as a result of filming in the city in 2012.

While much of the area is made up of movie ranches, it also includes roughly 273 acres that are part of the Angeles National Forest or owned by the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.

The North Saugus area is also adjacent to the city’s annexation area of North Copper Hill in Saugus, which brought 2,475 acres and more than 9,500 new residents into the city.

Hogan said this annexation project empties the queue for the city.

“This is the last one that’s been in the pipeline,” Hogan said of the North Saugus project.
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