After residents stepped forward voicing their urge to have their homes added into the City of Santa Clarita, City Council, after several months of discussions and meetings, voted to annex much of the West Creek and Tesoro del Valle area.
Comprised of more than 2,800 acres, the area includes the fully-developed Copperstone/Copper Hill community, the developed portions of West Creek/West Hills, the undeveloped portions of West Creek and the developed portions of Tesoro del Valle.
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The issue was first raised on July 20, when the Planning Commission voted 5-0 in recommending to the City Council that it move forward with annexing the neighborhoods.
While some residents praised the initiative, the Tesoro Home Owners Association board and Newhall Land felt the timing for annexation was too soon.
According to City staff, at two meetings in September community residents in attendance voiced their desire to annex into the City, and also objected to the HOA’s stance of waiting until a future date.
During Tuesday night’s public hearing on the matter, a handful of residents urged Council to listen to their request for annexation, arguing that the HOA had not been open about the sentiment of the community.
“The homeowners are definitely angry that they’re being misrepresented,” said community resident Dennis Koontz.
Tim Collins, representing Montalvo Properties, the company which will develop the future phases of Tesoro, had hoped to finish working with Los Angeles Regional Planning before the community was annexed into the City.
“We cannot subject ourselves to dual regulatory processes,” Collins said. “But we look forward to opening a dialogue (for future issues.)”
In the end, Council sided with the community residents, voting unanimously to put the wheels toward annexation in motion.