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.
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.
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