The Southern California Association of Governments awarded the Compass Blueprint award to the City of Santa Clarita and Los Angeles County for their “One Valley, One Vision” joint plan, at the annual Recognition Awards event on Thursday, May 2 in Palm Desert.
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SCAG will present the award to the city council at their June 25 meeting.
“One Valley, One Vision” placed first for sustainability, recognizing that the project preserves rural, agricultural, recreational and environmentally sensitive areas; focuses development in urban centers and existing cities; develops strategies to accommodate growth that uses resources efficiently and minimizes pollution and waste; and uses “green” development techniques.
The joint plan will guide growth in the Santa Clarita Valley on both sides of the city-county border, addressing land use, circulation, housing, noise, conservation and open space, economic development and safety.
Planning and coordination of “One Valley, One Vision” between the City of Santa Clarita and Los Angeles County began more than a decade ago, and the process has since involved City and County employees, residents and business owners.
“The One Valley, One Vision joint general plan is the culmination of a decade of planning, collaborating, and visioning for the future of the Santa Clarita Valley,” said Councilmember Marsha McLean. “The plan provides a strong foundation for the future of our community, and having SCAG recognize this partnership with its Compass Blueprint award is truly gratifying for all involved in the process.”
The “One Valley, One Vision” plan was approved by the city council in June 2011 and by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in November 2012.
About the Southern California Association of Governments
SCAG is the nation’s largest metropolitan planning organization, representing six counties, 191 cities and more than 18 million residents. SCAG undertakes a variety of planning and policy initiatives to plan for a livable and sustainable Southern California now and in the future.
For more information about other Compass Blueprint award recipients and SCAG’s regional efforts, visit their website.
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Source: Santa Clarita News