The One Valley One Vision program, known as OVOV, came into focus Tuesday night as the city council gave the new general plan the A-OK.
The passage came despite pleas from the public to hold off on approving the plan until issues ranging from ammonium perchlorate in the water wells, to residential density, to the number of future sheriff’s and fire stations were sorted out and further considered.
Paul Brotzman, Director of Community Development for the City of Santa Clarita, attempted to allay the concerns of residents.
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His testimony was good enough for one Councilmember who says he listens to the professionals on the city staff.
“I know the Paul Brotzman’s of the world are protecting us and our future,” Councilmember Frank Ferry said.
Jason Smisko, City Senior Planner, who presented the OVOV to the city council, emphasized how long and carefully the city staff had been working on the plan beginning with the first Flapjack Forum Kickoff held on Super Bowl Sunday, February 28, 2001.
Mayor Marsha McLean said she was there and that people who say they weren’t informed of the process through various meetings have no one but themselves to blame.
”The problem is some of the people that should have been there to have their concerns addressed were not there and that’s too bad. Because if they had been they would have heard what’s going on instead of feeling they’ve been left in the dark,” Mayor McLean said.
Ferry agreed the OVOV had been vetted by the public, but also by the City Attorney, the State Attorney General and the city staff. He seemed unmoved by the public appeal for delay.
“We could go another ten years and the same people who came to the mic would come again in another ten years saying we didn’t do enough. So there is just a point in time where you have to trust those professionals and move forward,” Ferry said, shortly before quickly calling for a vote.
The OVOV was adopted unanimously with Laurene Weste recusing herself.
Mayor McLean attempted to mollify concerns that the goals of the OVOV were either unattainable, unenforceable or deadly.
“I don’t think we can say this enough. This is a living, breathing document. Nothing is set in stone. And each individual development needs to go before the planning commission and/or the city council to be approved,” Mayor McLean said.