Watershead, Fall 2009
The River
Management Plan
Newhall Ranch

One Valley One Vision Must Adopt Alternative 2

An Environmental Impact Report for the One Valley One Vision (OVOV) general plan amendment covering the area plan for Los Angeles County and the City of Santa Clarita is now open for public comment until December 2.

This area plan envisions a build-out population in the Santa Clarita Valley area of 500,000 people. Impacts to biological resources are described as unmitigable significant impacts under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).

Friends believe it is imperative that the County and City adopt Alternative 2 -- the Preservation Corridor Alternative, which is the environmentally preferred alternative under CEQA.

The Santa Clarita Area has undergone explosive development over the past two decades that has had extensive negative impacts to biological resources in the region, including those of the Santa Clara River.

Alternative 2 of the OVOV would lessen the impacts of development in the wildlife corridor linking the Angeles and Los Padres National Forests above Santa Clarita by reducing development density in this area from one unit per two acres to one unit per ten acres. Policies would also be put in place to create minimal obstructions on these properties to wildlife movement. Given the extremely vital nature of this wildlife corridor, we call for adoption of Alternative 2 by the County of Los Angeles and the City of Santa Clarita.

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