820-home pro­ject OK’d de­spite no af­ford­able hous­ing

Com­mis­sion ap­proves Te­soro hous­ing plans with a 3-2 vote

The Signal - - Front page - By Jim Holt Sig­nal Se­nior Staff Writer

The pro­posed 820-home High­lands hous­ing pro­ject was nar­rowly ap­proved by the county Re­gional Plan­ning Com­mis­sion Wed­nes­day, but not un­til two com­mis­sion­ers ad­mon­ished the de­vel­oper for not in­clud­ing af­ford­able hous­ing in the pro­ject.

The com­mis­sion voted in fa­vor of the pro­ject Wed­nes­day with a vote of 3-2.

The pro­ject, which is an ad­di­tion to the ex­ist­ing Te­soro del Valle com­mu­nity, now moves for­ward with a vol­un­tary pledge made by the de­vel­oper to de­posit $1.6 mil­lion into a fund ad­min­is­tered by the county’s Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion to ben­e­fit home­less fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­u­als.

Com­mis­sion­ers who voted in fa­vor of the pro­ject in­cluded Com­mis­sioner Laura Shell, who rep­re­sents the 3rd District, Com­mis­sioner Elvin W. Moon, who rep­re­sents the 4th District, and Com­mis­sioner Pat Mo­dugno, who rep­re­sents the 5th District.

Com­mis­sioner Doug Smith, rep­re­sent­ing the 1st District, and Com­mis­sion Chair David W.

Louie voted against the pro­ject.

Seg­re­ga­tion

Smith, de­scrib­ing the county as hav­ing a “long his­tory of seg­re­ga­tion by in­come, class and race,” ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment over the lack of af­ford­able hous­ing in­cluded in the Te­soro/ High­lands pro­ject.

“I think we have a chance now to do it bet­ter, to move for­ward and to grow with eq­uity and in­clu­sion, so with that lands that ap­ply to this par­tic­u­lar pro­ject and the find­ings in our code, I will re­spect­fully be vot­ing ‘no.’

“I do ap­pre­ci­ate the work that the ap­pli­cant has done on all the other is­sues in terms of re­spond­ing to com­mu­nity con­cerns and com­ing back with an im­proved pro­ject,” he said. “But with­out an af­ford­abil­ity com­po­nent I won’t be able to sup­port it.”

The Re­gional Plan­ning Com­mis­sion ap­proved the pro­ject as pre­sented by the ap­pli­cant and rec­om­mended by staff. This in­cludes the vol­un­tary con­tri­bu­tion of $1.6 mil­lion.

Louie said he would pre­fer to see the con­tri­bu­tion dou­bled to $3.2 mil­lion.

“Trou­bling”

“For a sea­soned ap­pli­cant to come here with­out a con­sid­er­a­tion for af­ford­able hous­ing and not of­fer­ing any con­ces­sion for that, and for our com­mis­sion not to ad­dress that, it is trou­bling to me,” Louie said.

The com­mis­sion’s ap­proval may be ap­pealed to the Board of Su­per­vi­sors. The last day for any­one to file an ap­peal is Mon­day, Nov. 19.

“Any­one can ap­peal the de­ci­sion,” said Mitch Glaser, spokesman for the plan­ning com­mis­sion. “But typ­i­cally it is some­one who ex­pressed con­cerns or op­po­si­tion dur­ing the process.”

The pro­ject’s ap­proval Wed­nes­day hinged on the pledge made by the de­vel­oper to con­trib­ute to the home­less.

Spe­cific language spell­ing out that com­mit­ment reads:

“As agreed to by the sub­di­vider, prior to fi­nal map ap­proval for the 200th res­i­den­tial unit, the sub­di­vider or suc­ces­sor in in­ter­est shall de­posit a sum of $1,640,000 into a fund, to be ad­min­is­tered by the Com­mu­nity De­vel­op­ment Com­mis­sion of the County of Los An­ge­les (‘CDC’), for the ben­e­fit of a pro­ject or projects serv­ing home­less fam­i­lies and in­di­vid­u­als.

“The al­lo­ca­tion of funds to po­ten­tial projects would be pri­or­i­tized in the fol­low­ing or­der: 1) the City of Santa Clarita; 2) Santa Clarita Val­ley; or 3) within the 5th Su­per­vi­so­rial District within the County of Los An­ge­les.

“To ac­count for in­fla­tion, be­gin­ning on the ef­fec­tive date of the pro­ject, the sum shall be ad­justed based on the per­cent­age change in the Con­sumer Price In­dex for All Ur­ban Con­sumers.”

820 homes

The de­vel­oper, Bris­tol Land Co., wants to cre­ate 811 lots with 820 dwelling units and associated pub­lic fa­cil­ity, re­cre­ation/open space on 1,274.6 acres, all as part of the orig­i­nal Te­soro Mas­ter Planned De­vel­op­ment.

It plans to build north­west of the ex­ist­ing Te­soro com­mu­nity, north of Cop­per Hill Drive — op­po­site the Al­bert­sons store. It calls for nine multi-fam­ily lots, 12 wa­ter-qual­ity basin lots, three wa­ter-tank lots, one he­li­pad lot, six se­nior-re­cre­ation area lots, 15 pri­vate parks, a se­nior re­cre­ation cen­ter, 29 lots re­served for open space and 24 pri­vate drive­ways.

Dan Wat­son/The Sig­nal

The pro­posed 820-home hous­ing pro­ject was ap­proved by county Re­gional Plan­ning Com­mis­sion Wed­nes­day. The com­mis­sion voted in fa­vor of the pro­ject with a vote of 3-2.

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