Massive turnout prompts discussion on recycling facility, neighborhood traffic.
Tuesday night’s Santa Clarita City Council meeting stretched past 12:30 a.m. after a tremendous number of residents showed up to voice their opinions regarding two separate community issues.
The first was not even on the Council’s agenda Tuesday night, but it involves a proposal by Burrtec Waste Industries to put a Materials Recovery Facility off of Sierra Highway near Golden Valley Rd.
The second involved the neighborhoods around Canvas Street and Linda Vista Rd, where residents have complained of high traffic volume, speeding and other unsafe conditions they believe to be caused by motorists using the residential streets as a shortcut between Soledad Canyon Road and Sierra Highway.
The Materials Recovery Facility that is proposed by Burrtec would be used to sort through Santa Clarita’s garbage, separating trash from recyclables and shipping the used products elsewhere.
While the City Council has not approved the facility, they have allowed an Environmental Impact Report to be compiled, which will investigate the various impacts the project would have on the residential communities that surround it. Residents, however, brought along a combination of nearly 40 speakers and comment cards in opposition to the facility’s potential placement on the residentially zoned land.
They also complained that the increased truck traffic on Sierra Highway and other roads would impede emergency vehicle access to places such as the Friendly Valley senior community, and stress already congested traffic volumes in the area.
However, as explained by City Attorney Carl Newton, the City Council cannot pre-judge the project. Therefore the Council heard the community opposition and vowed to take that into consideration when the project Environmental Impact Report is completed and brought before the Council for a decision. “We are listening,” said Mayor Bob Kellar. He then held up a thick stack of comment cards and continued; “and I tell you…listening.”
After that bout of public comment, the City Council then continued their agenda, which included hearing a report regarding traffic congestion in a Canyon Country neighborhood that links Soledad Canyon Road to Sierra Highway. To read about that discussion, click here .