The One Valley One Vision program (OVOV) comes into sharper focus Tuesday night at the city’s regular council meeting where approval of the update to the General Plan is expected.
OVOV is a joint effort between the County of Los Angeles, the City of Santa Clarita residents and businesses to create a single vision and guidelines for the city’s development, population growth, air quality, water resources, economic factors and traffic patterns over the next 20 years.
The 8,000-page proposal contains both a General Plan and Environmental Impact Report. It not only includes guidelines for development in Santa Clarita, but also land within the city’s sphere of influence in unincorporated Los Angeles County, totaling approximately 53,000 acres.
Perhaps the most controversial aspect of the OVOV General Plan is a proposed increase in residential units by 1,930 over the existing General Plan.
The city says the increase in residential density is balanced by the reduction of units and sprawl in rural areas surrounding the city. The new housing would be defined in the Mixed Use category and would be located along urbanized transit corridors, in transit hub areas and in the higher density commercial core of the city.
Had the housing units remained on the city’s periphery as under the old General Plan the city says the homes would create a greater impact on sensitive environmental habitats, and on vacant pristine lands and hillsides.
Officials say additional benefits to moving the housing to the more dense environs of the city includes helping Santa Clarita meet the green house gas emissions reduction objectives of SB 375 and by creating a community that is more walkable, more transit oriented, and allow residents to live and work in a variety of village environments throughout the planning area.
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