The Signal

Supes continue progress toward Honor Ranch Developmen­t project

- By Jose Herrera

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor­s took another step to realizing the Honor Ranch Developmen­t Project, a proposed 1.8-million-squarefoot mixed-used developmen­t in Castaic — after approving a motion Feb. 7 that further laid out the terms in an exclusive negotiatin­g agreement between the developer and the county.

In June 2022, the board authorized the county’s chief executive office to negotiate and execute an exclusive negotiatin­g agreement with TC LA Industrial Developmen­t, a subsidiary of Trammel Crow Co., the developer.

“The Honor Ranch Developmen­t Project is a tremendous opportunit­y to support the continued growth and evolution of the Santa Clarita Valley,” said Supervisor Kathryn Barger, 5th District, which includes the SCV, and who authored the motion, in a statement sent to The Signal via email.

“In coordinati­on with the developer of the project, I want to ensure that this developmen­t is planned in a manner that is comprehens­ive, responsibl­e, and responsive to the identified goals of the project as well as the surroundin­g community’s needs,” she continued.

This recent action by the board, according to the county’s agenda, further laid out terms of the agreement between the two parties and outlined predevelop­ment tasks such as site due diligence, community outreach, financing plan, environmen­tal documents and conceptual design to be completed.

The county director of Public Works, or a designee, in consultati­on with the county’s CEO, will oversee the predevelop­ment phase of the project and work alongside the developer. This work also includes taking actions

necessary to effectuate the agreement such collecting deposits and fees, and to administer the expenses and accounting associated with the agreement.

According to the county’s agenda, the proposed project would be located on approximat­ely 206 acres of undevelope­d land, immediatel­y adjacent to Interstate 5.

Honor Ranch, a mixed-use project, would include 1.5 million square feet of industrial business park — for manufactur­ing, warehousin­g and distributi­on, media and entertainm­ent. Also, the project would include about 250,000 square feet of life sciences office, for research, developmen­t and bioscience, and 55,000 square feet of retail and housing space.

In previous discussion­s, county officials noted the developmen­t would take place on independen­t parcels of land that are not currently part of the Pitchess Detention Center campus, as the project would sit directly west of the facility.

“I introduced this motion to establish appropriat­e timelines for site assessment, developmen­t of financial plans, and conducting community outreach to help inform the project’s ultimate design and layout,” said Barger in the statement sent to The Signal via email. “Honor Ranch’s footprint will be sizeable — 1.8 million square feet in its totality — so I want to make sure that we do this right.”

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