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Grading permit approved for Castaic High School

Posted: July 2, 2014 6:54 p.m.
Updated: July 2, 2014 6:54 p.m.

The William S. Hart Union High School District won approval Wednesday for permits to grade the Castaic High School site, officials said.

“Today’s action brings us one step closer to building the long-awaiting high school to serve the Santa Clarita Valley,” said Los Angeles County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich, in a statement Wednesday. “We appreciate the Hart school district and the Castaic Town Council who worked closely with (Department of) Public Works to meet these crucial deadlines.”

At the State of the County luncheon held in May, Edel Vizcarra, planning deputy for Antonovich, said the Hart district could get the necessary permits within a month to move forward with work on the school site in the Romero Canyon area of Castaic.

As it turns out, he was only off by a few days.

“This is the one that they really needed so they could start on-site grading,” Vizcarra said Wednesday.

Hart district officials could not be reached for comment Wednesday evening, but district spokeswoman Gail Pinsker said in an earlier interview that the district was looking forward to moving ahead on the project.

“We are anxious to get moving on this highly anticipated project for the students and families of the Castaic and Val Verde communities,” she said.
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itzreality: Posted: July 3, 2014 12:25 a.m.

The Imaginery Castaic High School.

castaicjack: Posted: July 3, 2014 1:46 a.m.

The reason for it is imaginary, too...

Allan_Cameron: Posted: July 3, 2014 12:16 p.m.

Two 300 million dollar bonds were approved by more than 55 percent of the voters in the entire approximately 170 square mile William S. Hart Union High School District, specifically to build Castaic High School, along with improvements to existing Hart schools.

Available for viewing on the internet, anyone who looks can see a map of over 65 real estate subdivisions of various sizes in Castaic. These projects, when completed, will cause a 4x increase in the population of Castaic.

Many of these 65 plus projects, stalled during the depression, are now actively back in development.

The two general plans for Santa Clarita Valley, approved in just the last few years, call for the population of Santa Clarita Valley to more than double to over 500,000 people.

This will require the Hart District to construct far more than just Castaic High School. A total of 6 new senior high schools, and 6 new junior high schools will be needed. Castaic High is just one of these.

In about 60 days, do not venture onto the 200 acre Castaic High School site. Huge earthmoving machines will make such a visit hazardous, as the construction of Castaic High School at long last begins.

Baddog1: Posted: July 3, 2014 12:46 p.m.

I'm sure that one Freeway lane (Toll) will be sufficient for the doubling of the population of this valley.

castaicresident: Posted: July 3, 2014 3:34 p.m.

Yes, thank you so much Mr. Cameron for reminding us to not venture onto this site or any roads leading to the site such as the Old Road, Parker Road or Sloan Canyon in 60 days because massive earthmoving machines will begin destroying the beautiful mountains, scenery and peacefulness that was once surrounding our homes. For the people living in this area of Castaic, this is an absolute travesty. Yes, thank you, thank you so, so much. We all needed that reminder.

Allan_Cameron: Posted: July 3, 2014 6:34 p.m.

For "Castaic Resident". Please re read the comments I made. You will not have difficulty or safety hazards on any of the roads in Castaic. Once all the earth moving machines are on site, they will largely remain there until the work is complete, which will take many months. You extrapolated my cautionary safety advisory for being on the 200 acre site as if I listed roads in the area.

I didn't.

The reason I did not, is because the roads that you listed will not be effected by the grading work on the school site. The machines do not go "back and forth" each day. They stay on the site.

For people with children (and for people who care about children), having Santa Clarita's newest and nicest High School available in a location central to all the approved and proposed growth is not a "travesty", but a blessing.

castaicresident: Posted: July 3, 2014 7:08 p.m.


Sorry, but I think you missed my point. It is not my intention to misinterpret or disrespect you at all. I think your intentions are good, but you don't live in the area that this high school is being built. Maybe if you did, you would feel differently about it. There are many people that will live in the path of or near the high school site that are very, very unhappy about this high school location for many reasons that I believe you are fully aware of. It has nothing to do with not "caring" about children. In fact, one of the biggest concerns for this location are safety issues not only for our families but for the high school students as well. These concerns are very, very real. We know because WE live here. That said, let's agree to let this thread go, shall we?

castaicjack: Posted: July 3, 2014 9:13 p.m.

According to the EIR, the 1,045 single family homes slated for development in Castaic can be expected to yield around 275 students. Even if you discount the 200 students the Castaic school district has lost recently, as per their latest information pamphlet mailed to the residents of Castaic, the number of future students from the aforementioned district doesn't support the need for a high school. The Castaic high school will carry the brunt of the yield from the Newhall Ranch project off the 126, along with the additional traffic it will bring into our community. Some people just don't get it...

Allan_Cameron: Posted: July 5, 2014 10:35 a.m.

The Newhall Ranch project has a contract with the Hart School District that mandates the construction of a "Newhall Ranch" high school to serve the Newhall Ranch project. A Newhall Ranch Middle, or Junior High School is required to be constructed also.

Castaic High School is for the Castaic Community.

The map showing the approximately 65 pending but un built real estate subdivisions just in Castaic (the map does not include Newhall Ranch) that will cause about a four times increase in the population in Castaic can be seen on the internet.

It can be found as part of a Los Angeles County Planning Document. The document is called "The Los Angeles County Castaic Bridge and Thoroughfare District Report".

There are two versions of this report on line. Be certain to view the second, more current version to see the correct map.

The idea that there are only about 1045 single family houses planned is not correct. In addition to single family houses, there are townhouses, condos, duplexes and apartments among the 65 projects pending.

Just one of the 65, the Castaic Northlake project, now under new ownership, is in the early stages of new planning. The number of units that might be proposed in that project is unknown. The last approved version was for over 5000. The zoning on that land permits that number.

Castaic needs its own High School. Canyon Country has 2, Valencia has 2, Newhall has 1, and Saugus has one.

In years to come, the 6 new High Schools needed beyond the 6 we have now may well include the need for a second new High School for Castaic, as has been the case for Canyon Country and Valencia.

If anyone would like assistance in finding the Los Angeles County adopted planning report, posted on the internet that I referenced, just give me a call at 818-634-8669, and I will be pleased to save you time in locating it.

Allan_Cameron: Posted: July 5, 2014 10:52 a.m.

Just another note. We in the US do not plan for the long term as well as we might. The Southern California High School that I attended is now 88 years old, and is still thriving.

When Castaic High School is the same age as Hart High School in Newhall is now, the 300 year anniversary of the United States America (the Tri Centennial) will be a 7 year old memory for our country.

For the long term benefit of Castaic, this High School is long overdue, but, at long last, is on its way.

castaicjack: Posted: July 5, 2014 2:37 p.m.

Allan needs to refer to the Castaic High School EIR for the student population numbers that are relevant to that project and other than the 275 potential students from 1,045 homes, there's isn't anything else from his so-called planning documents that support what he thinks is the case. If he were correct, then the Castaic EIR was either wrong and or incomplete and we have not seen the kind of development that he thinks will occur here in Castaic. If anything, we have witnessed a reversal here in Castaic and all anyone needs to do to see it for themselves is to drive up to the site of the former Ralph's supermarket off of Lake Hughes Road and look at all the other closures that have recently occurred such as Rite Aid among a host of other stores. And that's not to mention the scores of offices across the street that were never occupied in the first place. Additionally, the high school as well as the others for the Newhall project are years or decades away and the notion that the Castaic high school is being built solely for the Castaic is false. All Cameron needs to do is to read some of the articles from the archives where it has been stated students from the Newhall Ranch project will being attending Castaic high school. Unless those articles have been edited/deleted, Allan can do a little leg work and read it for himself...

Allan_Cameron: Posted: July 6, 2014 5:34 p.m.

Construction of the Newhall Ranch project is still delayed by litigation. With the opening of Castaic High School, however, space at West Ranch and Valencia High Schools will become available, if any students from Newhall Ranch are indeed generated anytime soon.

These two schools are closer to Newhall Ranch than is Castaic High School. These two other high schools are the primary destination for Newhall Ranch students, beyond what the "Newhall Ranch" high school will hold. The development project map included in the Los Angeles County Castaic Bridge and Thoroughfare District Report is far from being the only document that shows the 65 development projects that have actually been filed for processing with Los Angeles County. These are now again in progress as a result of the revival of the real estate market.

This map just happens to be the easiest to quickly see and understand, since it only pertains to Castaic, and not the rest of the Santa Clarita Valley.

Other maps of all the development activity in the greater Santa Clarita Valley that show the whole valley, also reveal all the activity in Castaic.

The Santa Clarita Valley Development Activity Map, available from both the City of Santa Clarita and Los Angeles County, also shows all of the 65 plus projects in Castaic. The poster named "Castaic Jack" did not acknowledge that just the Castaic Northlake project alone, with zoning approved and in place for more than 5000 homes, is now in the initial stages of development, under new ownership.

So is the former "Palmer" golf course project, among many others.

The Los Angeles County Castaic Bridge and Thoroughfare District Report has far more value to it than just listing all of the 65 development projects in the planning pipeline in Castaic at the time the document was approved in a public hearing before the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

The report also contains a full listing of all the dozens of road improvement projects to be constructed in Castaic, either partially or wholly funded with money paid by real estate developers.

When the "One Valley, One Vision" General Plans were approved just a few years ago, more than just an increase in SCV population to over 500,000 people from its current 250,000 was allowed. Shortly after the plans were approved, the entire Valley was rezoned, so that land parcels are now zoned to provide for 500,000 people.

Rather than dispute me, all anyone has to do is go on line and see the truth directly. I listed my phone number above, so that I can speed this process if anyone wishes.

castaicjack: Posted: July 6, 2014 9:04 p.m.

Perhaps we could ask Ms Pinsker from the Hart school district to again answer the question as to whether or not students from from the Newhall Ranch project will be attending the Castaic high school. When this question occurred before, she stated in a comments section that students from the Newhall project would be attending the Castaic high school among others. Thus far, I haven't seen any changes in that position.
It's also been noted in past commentary that development that has recently failed off of Lake Hughes road was envisioned, in part, to anticipated North Lake development. The latter development presumably had permits approved along with a significant increase in the population of Castaic. It never happened and what little remains is mute testimony to that fact.
Likewise, it remains to realized on just how much development will actually occur with respect to apartments and condos and single family homes, given failures in businesses in and around Castaic that would support employment for such development, and the ever present question of water for all of it.
I suspect the latter point of sufficient water depends upon approval of upcoming bonds that voters have yet to approve.
Finally, I'm not sure residents of Castaic will be supportive of more condos and apartments, especially if the latter has a portion relegated to section 8 housing. If it does, we may experience Palmdale/Lancaster living in our town. Yep, we all moved up here for that...

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