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City Allowed To Inspect Canyon View Estates Solar Panels, Rules Judge

The City of Santa Clarita was granted the right to inspect a Canyon Country hillside property containing a number of solar panels in order to determine whether or not Canyon View Mobile Home Estates property owners complied with local building permits, officials said Tuesday.

A Chatsworth judge came to the conclusion after hearing arguments from both Santa Clarita officials and property owners Canyon View Limited, granting the City the right to inspect the Canyon View Mobile Home Estates at 20001 Canyon View Drive in Canyon Country.

The inspection must take place within the next 15 days, on a date agreed upon by both parties, the ruling read. If the two are unable to come to an agreement on an inspection date, the court would decide on a date on their behalf.

The issue originally dates back to a notice of violation issued by City officials in July 2018 to Canyon View Estates, the mobile home park operated by Canyon View Limited, in regards to the installation of a number of solar panels on the hillside above the property.

These allegations were based on a review of file materials concerning the solar project and the conditional use permit, obtained from the California Department of Housing and Community Development and the County of Los Angeles, respectively, officials said.

Related: City Of Santa Clarita Seeks Resolution To Canyon View Estates Solar Panel Dispute

The notice alleged the addition of the solar panels violates the conditional use permit for the park, which requires that 50 percent of the property be maintained as open space.

After this notice did not result in the removal of the solar panels, City of Santa Clarita officials filed a formal complaint in September 2018 with the Los Angeles County Superior Court seeking a “preliminary and permanent injunction and declaratory relief to abate a public nuisance.”

“While the City supports the efforts to move to renewable energy, the City takes seriously its responsibility to enforce conditions of approval designed to protect the quality of life in Santa Clarita, balancing the need for development with the preservation of open space,” reads a statement released when the lawsuit was announced.

In the extended legal battle since the initial notice, Canyon View has argued that it does not have to comply with permits from the City of Santa Clarita as a mobile home park, placing it under the direction of the state.

The court, in turn, ruled that Canyon View’s objections “lacks sufficient specificity” and that the City “properly seeks the inspection in order to determine compliance with the conditional use permit and/or open space requirement,” according to court documents.

The case is set to continue in a nonjury trial scheduled for Monday, June 8.

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City Allowed To Inspect Canyon View Estates Solar Panels, Rules Judge

5 comments

  1. They are an eye sore, not one of the panels are straight with anything. The company that installed them should also be sued. Please get rid of the eye sore.

  2. Oh sure, now the city cares about open space. In the meanwhile they are considering allowing Mr. Kim in Sand Canyon to build a full on resort which WILL violate the open space dedicated by the previous owner of the Robinson Ranch Golf course.

  3. Who hasn’t driven down Soledad Cyn, and looked toward the mountain and seen those ridiculous solar panels there that look like a blind person put them there?! Not even close to being straight and even! Even if they WERE, these things are a complete eyesore regardless and they have to GO! SO UGLY! They just can’t be allowed to stay there! If the city really does take seriously its responsibility to protect the quality of life here in SCV, it will do whatever it takes to remedy this situation ASAP!

  4. Why in the world would the city let them start to install theses panels on the hillside from the get go !
    Our city inspectors turn a blind eye to what’s going on in our city! This should have been reported and shut down before it was even completed!!

  5. So I would like them placed in rows and symmetriy placed. Be creative? It’s solar how can you argue with that. What a hillside that was doing nothing. Maybe wind turbines would be the answer.

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About Jade Aubuchon

A Santa Clarita native, Jade has spent her whole life involved in community outreach. After graduating from Learning Post High in 2015, she went on to College of the Canyons to pursue a double major in English and Marketing. Jade spent several years as a ballroom dance performer for a local studio and has performed at public and private events throughout Santa Clarita.