Our Open Space is Under Threat!

You can help by sending a letter objecting to any approval that removes promised open space to build this hotel project or by speaking at the Planning Commission hearing on March 2nd.

Send your comments to HNGUYEN@santa-clarita.com
NC18-021 Sand Canyon Hotel Project

Tell the City it must keep its promises and follow its own zoning regulations. We oppose any approval that does not preserve the 300 acres of previously approved open space. A high density multistory hotel should not be built in a very high fire hazard zone on a two lane rural road. It will impede evacuation of existing residents and hotel visitors. Two people and many horses already lost their lives in the last big fire in this area. For more information look under the Sand Canyon Resort tab above. 

  • If you want to attend the virtual meeting you can find the log in zoom info HERE 
  • If you want to read the entire agenda with background materials, you can find the info HERE 

Why is this important? The billionaire Los Angeles developer is proposing that the City ignore dedicated open space and allow development upon it. If such a thing is permitted, why would the City not allow development in other areas that they have promised to preserve? Is this even legal?

Here’s the background (see the Sand Canyon Resort Tab for more info) – In the late 1990s the City Council approved a golf course and clustered homes in the rural Sand Canyon area with the compromise that 300 acres would be dedicated to permanent open space. Now a developer is asking to build a resort on the open space. The Sand Canyon Resort project EIR has been released, and can be viewed here.

SCOPE January General Meeting Recap

At our January Goal Setting meeting, SCOPE members voted to focus on the following long term goals for 2021: 

1) Continuing our work to preserve the Santa Clara River, 
2) Protecting wildlife corridors in the SCV and promoting wildlife bridges over or under the hwy 14 and I-5 freeways to protect humans and animals. Paul Edelman, Deputy Director of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, spoke at our January meeting and made suggestions as to where crossings would be important. Wildlife bridges save animals and protect humans from accidents involving animals. Watch the video here of the successful wildlife bridge over the I-80 in Utah. We need a bridge like this here to save our mountain lions, bears, etc. 
3) Working to reduce plastic pollution and promoting alternatives 

We will also work on other issues that come before the City and County, tracking agendas and commenting on EIRs. If you would like to become involved in any of these activities, please contact us at exec-scope@earthlink.net.