In a flurry of announcements this week, Santa Clarita Valley officials found lots of ways to hate Las Lomas, the massive, proposed development that would put 5,500 units on 555 acres atop hills between Interstate 5 and Highway 14. Says LA County Supervisor Michael Antonovich:
The Las Lomas property has slopes covering more than half of the property in excess of 50% slope, contains several prominent ridgelines, and has thousands of oak trees. Development would require would require 20 million cubic yards of grading. The property is already constrained in terms of ingress and egress, and this development would add approximately 72,000 daily vehicle trips, completely over-loading the Newhall Pass and the I-5/SR-14 interchange. The developer's proposed Metrolink station 300 feet underground, accessed by two elevator shafts, poses obvious health and safety risks to Metrolink users. Santa Monica-based Palmer Investments would also add 2.7 million sq ft of office, retail and community space and a 300-room hotel next to the interchange where only weeks ago a big-rig accident caused massive delays and fires.
· Supervisor Antonovich Opposes Las Lomas [KHTS]
· Santa Clarita City Council Opposes Las Lomas [EarthTimes]
· Las Lomas Fact Page [City of Santa Clarita]