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Annexations

Annex Plum Canyon, Gateway Ranch Open Space, Taylor Property & West Creek/West Hills

annexThe City is working toward annexing Plum Canyon, Gateway Ranch Open Space, Taylor property and West Creek/West Hills.

Year 4: Goals for 2018-2019

  • Determine appropriate timelines for the Gateway Ranch and Taylor annexations
  • Annex Plum Canyon and Skyline Ranch

Year 3: Goals for 2017-2018

  • Plum Canyon - Monitor Los Angeles County's street improvements on Whites Canyon/Plum Canyon
  • Determine appropriate timelines for the Gateway Ranch and Taylor annexations

Progress Updates:

  • Street improvements on Whites Canyon/Plum Canyon have been reviewed. The City is proceeding with annexation.
  • Gateway Ranch is on hold and there has been no activity in regards to Taylor.

Year 2: Goals for 2016-2017 

  • CheckBox-2020 West Creek/West Hills - Complete internal staff work, mapping, and other tasks necessary to complete the West Creek/West Hills annexation
    • Annexation made effective 11/15/2016
  • CheckBox-2020Plum Canyon - Monitor Los Angeles County's street improvements on Whites Canyon/Plum Canyon. Staff continues to evaluate this potential annexation
  • CheckBox-2020Gateway Ranch - Monitor Los Angeles County's maintenance of The Old Road. Staff continues to evaluate this potential annexation
  • Taylor - Conduct a meeting with the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) to discuss possible annexation boundaries

Year 1: Goals for 2015-2016:

  • CheckBox-2020 Determine appropriate timeline for the Plum Canyon and Gateway Ranch annexations
  • Complete internal staff work, mapping, and other tasks necessary for each annexation
  • Conduct public hearings and submit applications to Local Agency Formation Commission for consideration

Evaluate Annexation of Spring Canyon,Tick Canyon, Tesoro and Skyline Ranch.

evaluateThe City is currently evaluating homeowner interest in the annexations of Spring Canyon, Tick Canyon, Tesoro and Skyline Ranch developments

Year 4: Goal for 2018-2019

  • Complete the Eastside annexations (Spring Canyon and Tick Canyon) 
  • Determine appropriate timelines for the Tesoro Phase II annexation

Year 3: Goal for 2017-2018

  • Complete the East-side annexations (Spring Canyon and Tick Canyon
  • Monitor Los Angeles County's development process of Phase II of Tesoro and Skyline Ranch, including the construction of Skyline Ranch Road
  • Report quarterly on progress

Progress Updates:

  • Annexation of Spring Canyon and Tick Canyon is in process.
  • Annexation of Skyline Ranch/Plum Canyon and Tesoro is in process.

Year 2: Goal for 2016-2017

  • CheckBox-2020Complete internal staff work, mapping, and other tasks necessary to complete the West Creek/West Hills annexation, complete tax transfer resolution, and record annexation
  • Spring Canyon
    • CheckBox-2020City staff to meet with LAFCO meeting to discuss annexation boundaries

    Next Steps:

    • Meet with developer to evaluate annexation interest and determine appropriate timeline
    • Complete internal staff work, mapping and other tasks necessary for annexation

     

  • Tick Canyon
    • CheckBox-2020City staff to meet with LAFCO to discuss annexation boundaries

    Next Steps:

    • Meet with developer to evaluate annexation interest and determine appropriate timeline
    • Complete internal staff work, mapping and other tasks necessary for annexation
  • Tesoro
    • Monitor Los Angeles County's development process of Phase II of Tesoro
      • Discussions are ongoing with the developer
      • City staff met with the developer on 3/25/17 to monitor progree

Next Steps:

  • Continue to monitor progress of development. 
  •  Skyline Ranch
    • Met with Pardee on 6/6/17 regarding preliminary interest level and potential commencement of annexations
    • Continue to monitor progress of development.

Year 1: Goal for 2015-2016

  •  CheckBox-2020  Meet with developers and Homeowner Associations to evaluate annexation interest and determine appropriate timeline
    • City Council approved West Creek/West Hills pre-zone application submitted to LAFCO

Business Incubator

businessThe Business Incubator program in Old Town Newhall was created to stimulate economic growth through entrepreneurship and enterprise development. The program is geared towards startup creative and technology businesses and provides low-cost office space and meeting rooms, customized trainings, a mentorship and networking program, and one-on-one consulting services.

Year 4: Goals for 2018-2019

  • Maintain 100 percent tenant occupancy in the Business Incubator

Year 3: Goals for 2017-2018

  • Maintain 100 percent tenant occupancy in the Business Incubator
  • Track the number of employees and the revenue of tenants

Progress Updates:

  • Selected three new tenants: Celitech, Gappless Solutions, LLC and Rangle News Inc.
    • Celitech: aims to improve the way mobile phones connect to cellular networks, starting with mobile data roaming
    • Gapless Solutions is developing a platform to allow for rapid development of custom solutions that integrate with businesses' existing systems, without the need to migrate data or retrain employees
    • Rangle News Inc. creates technology to increase labor efficiencies for local newsrooms and helps ordinary people benefit from the economic value of their newsworthy content

Year 2: Goals for 2016-2017

  • CheckBox-2020Maintain 100 percent tenant occupancy in the Business Incubator
  • CheckBox-2020Track the number of employees and the revenue of tenants

Year 1: Goals for 2015-2016

  • CheckBox-2020Maintain 100 percent tenant occupancy in the Business Incubator
  • CheckBox-2020Track the number of employees and the revenue of tenants

Visit the Business Incubator Website

Contact: Administrative Analyst Karla Monterrosa | E-mail Karla Monterrosa


Economic Development Corporation Partnership

edcThe City works with the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation to attract jobs from our industry clusters.

Year 4: Goal for 2018-2019

  • Work with EDC (Economic Development Corporation) on marketing campaigns to attract new businesses, and meet with prospective businesses to convince them to relocate to Santa Clarita

Year 3: Goal for 2017-2018

  • Work with EDC (Economic Development Corporation) on marketing campaigns to attract new businesses, and meet with prospective businesses to convince them to relocate to Santa Clarita

 Year 2: Goal for 2016-2017

  • CheckBox-2020Increase number of jobs in City of Santa Clarita by 750 additional jobs annually

Year 1: Goal for 2015-2016

  • CheckBox-2020Report on the number of businesses and jobs in Santa Clarita to identify new jobs in the Santa Clarita Valley

Visit the Economic Development Website


Fiber Infrastructure Program

Fiber

The City is developing a revenue generating program that utilizes existing fiber infrastructure to leverage resources and potentially promote greater bandwidth access to the community.

Year 4: Goals for 2018-2019

  • Establish a "Dig Once" aka "Joint Trench" policy, and areas to grow City fiber
  • Conduct RFP or other negotiations with potential carriers interested in partnering with the City to provide broadband service to businesses

Year 3: Goals for 2017-2018

  • Meet with additional parties interested in leasing City dark fiber
  • Establish a physical connection from Santa Clarita to downtown Los Angeles
  • Select a business model to pursue to promote municipal internet access

Year 2: Goal for 2016-2017

  • CheckBox-2020Procure estimates for a 1GB connection from Santa Clarita to downtown Los Angeles
  • CheckBox-2020Select a City facility and procure equipment necessary to support a connection from Santa Clarita to downtown Los Angeles

Year 1: Goal for 2015-2016

  • CheckBox-2020Negotiate terms and create a long-term fiber lease agreement with Wilcon and execute an agreement and subsequent revenue payments to the City.

 Progress Updates:

  • Wilcon and City staff finalized the terms of a new dark fiber agreement

Film Santa Clarita

filmSanta Clarita’s varied topography, 20+ sound stages, 10+ movie ranches, and thousands of film-friendly locations combined with the City’s location within the “30-Mile Zone,” make it one of the most filmed areas in California. To ensure Santa Clarita remains a thriving industry hub, the City developed its Film Office in 2002, and has continued to attract filming to the area with effective policies and incentives.

Year 4: Goal 2018-2019

  • Report quarterly on the number of film permits, soundstages, film days and economic impact from filming

Year 3: Goal 2017-2018

  • Report quarterly on the number of film permits, soundstages, film days and economic impact from filming

Year 2: Goal 2016-2017

  • Attract filming to generate estimated economic impact of over $30,000,000 from location filming annually

Year 1: Goal for 2015-2016

  • CheckBox-2020Report on the number of film permits, soundstages, film days and economic impact from filming

FY 2015-2016 Stats:

  • 528 film permits
  • 1,305 location film days
  • $30.9 million in estimated economic impact

Visit the Film Santa Clarita Website


High-Speed Internet Business Parks

internetThe City is working with the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation to provide recommendations and strategies on how to ensure high-speed internet access to business parks. 

Year 3: Goal for 2017-2018

  • Increase access to high-speed internet to business parks utilizing the City's fiber optic network

Progress Updates:

  • Due to technology advances, Sky River has delayed the provision of high speed WIFI to the Valencia Industrial Center
  • Consultant conducted a survey and focus groups including several businesses. Technology Services is managing the contract.

Year 2: Goal for 2016-2017

  • Increase access to high-speed internet to business parks utilizing the City's fiber optic network

Year 1: Goal for 2015-2016

  • Establish access to high-speed internet to business parks utilizing the City's fiber optic network

 


Large Scale Events in City

eventsThe City is committed to promoting tourism in Santa Clarita by attracting large scale events to the City.

Year 4: Goal for 2018-2019

  • Increase the number of significant tourism events and trackable rooms by 10% year over year

Year 3: Goal for 2017-2018

  • Increase the number of significant tourism events and trackable rooms by 10% over the number of significant tourism events and trackable rooms in 2016

Year 2: Goal for 2016-2017

  • CheckBox-2020Attract two large scale events (such as Amgen Tour of California and Red Bull Wings for Life) to the City to promote tourism and increase economic benefit to the City and its businesses

Year 1: Goal for 2015-2016

  • CheckBox-2020Attract two large scale events (such as Amgen Tour of California and Red Bull Wings for Life) to the City to promote tourism and increase economic benefit to the City and its businesses

Progress Updates:

  • The City hosted the Amgen Tour of California and the Wings for Life World Run in 2016

Go to the Visit Santa Clarita Website
Visit the Cowboy Festival Website
Visit the Amgen Tour of CA Website
Visit the Wings for Life Website

Contact: Administrative Analyst Amy Sparks| (661) 255-4969| E-mail Amy Sparks


Meet 2:1 Jobs Housing Balance

The City intends to take a look at all future developments projects to make sure they are meeting the 2:1 jobs housing balance to encourage more jobs in Santa Clarita.

Year 4: Goals for 2018-2019

  • Bring the Jobs Empowerment Overlay Zone, a program to stimulate economic development, to the Planning Commission and City Council for consideration
  • Report annually to the Leadership Team

Year 3: Goals for 2017-2018

  • Maintain baseline and report on jobs/housing balance with each development project
  • Report annually to the Leadership Team

Year 2: Goal for 2016-2017

  • CheckBox-2020Maintain baseline and report on jobs/housing balance with each development project

Year 1: Goal for 2015-2016

  • CheckBox-2020Maintain baseline and report on jobs/housing balance with each development project

Redevelopment Block in Old Town Newhall

city

The City intends to create a partnership and funding strategy for the development of the Redevelopment Block in Old Town Newhall, at the corner of Railroad Avenue and Lyons Avenue, including parking.

Year 4: Goals for 2018-2019

  • Continue to monitor construction of Newhall Crossings
  • Continue to monitor construction of Laemmle Theaters

Year 3: Goals for 2017-2018

  • CheckBox-2020Finish construction and open the Newhall parking structure in April of 2018
  • CheckBox-2020Begin construction of Newhall Crossings
  • Begin construction on Laemmle Theaters

Progress Updates:

  • Construction expected to be complete mid-2018.
  • The Newhall Crossings groundbreaking event took place October 12. Construction continues.
  • A groundbreaking for Laemmle Theatres is expected to occur August 2018, after which construction will commence.

Year 2: Goals for 2016-2017

  • CheckBox-2020Award bridging architect contract and design/build contract for parking structure    
  • CheckBox-2020Obtain Planning entitlements for Laemmle Theater    
  • CheckBox-2020Obtain Planning entitlements for Mixed Use Project    
  • CheckBox-2020Commence environmental remediation work on the Mixed Use Project

Year 1: Goals for 2015-2016

  •  CheckBox-2020 Select proposed developers
  •  CheckBox-2020 Approve Exclusive Negotiating Agreements
  •  CheckBox-2020 Present Purchase and Sale Agreements to City Council for consideration

Background:

  • On February 9, 2016, the City Council approved Purchase and Sale Agreements with Laemmle Newhall, LLC and Old Town-Main, LLC to sell two pieces of the Redevelopment Block property for the development of a Laemmle Theatre, projected to include 7 screens and approximately 500 seats, and a Mixed Use Project, developed by Serrano Development Group, which is estimated to include approximately 20,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space and 46 residential units with subterranean parking. The City also embarked on a design-build process for the development of a 400-stall parking structure on the remaining portion of the property.

Proposed Site Plan
Visit the Old Town Newhall Website

Contact: Marketing and Economic Development Manager, Jason Crawford | (661) 255-4969| E-mail Jason Crawford


Santa Clarita Transit

transitWith fast, reliable service, City of Santa Clarita Transit is a stress-free way to get around town, commute or reach fun Southern California destinations without the hassle of driving. The City is actively looking to expand transit services to enhance underserved business areas in Santa Clarita.

Year 4: Goals for 2018-2019

  • Partner with College of the Canyons and cross promote the COC Student Pass
  • Participate in local and regional rideshare events being held throughout the year
  • Continue efforts to complete the Transit Development Plan
  • Conduct outreach to local Junior High and High School campuses
  • Receive delivery of new buses

Year 3: Goals for 2017-2018

  • CheckBox-2020Issue RFP (Request for Proposal) and award contract for the update of the City's Transit Development Plan (TDP)
  • CheckBox-2020Complete data review to identify future development and assess transit demand, as part of TDP
  • Complete community outreach to assess existing transit demand and underserved areas, as part of TDP
  • CheckBox-2020Update the Transit Forecast to reflect expansion of transit services in future years, if warranted by the budget process

Year 2: Goals for 2016-2017

  • Identify underserved areas and employee commuting needs
    • Met with Economic Development Corporation to discuss business-specific transit survey to assess transit demand
    • Participating in rideshare and employer outreach events to identify underserved areas
    • Next Steps:
      • Conduct survey of commuter riders
      • Design community and employer survey
  • Purchase additional buses
    • Next Steps:
      • Award contract of the purchase and delivery of new CNG powered dial-a-ride buses
      • Receive delivery of dial-a-ride buses

Year 1: Goals for 2015-2016

  • CheckBox-2020 Purchase additional buses
    • Five CNG-powered commuter coaches arrived December 2015
  • CheckBox-2020 Issue RFP and award contract for the purchase and delivery of new transit buses

Visit the Santa Clarita Transit Website


Whittaker-Bermite Clean Up

whittakerThe City is monitoring the clean-up of the Whittaker-Bermite property, an undeveloped 996 acre site located in the center of Santa Clarita which was a former munitions testing and manufacturing area with contamination issues. The site clean-up is under the supervision of the California Department of Toxic Substances Control, and has been divided into seven “operable units” with differing clean-up strategies for each unit.

Year 4: Goals for 2018-2019

  • Keep public aware of clean-up process and estimate clean-up date
  • Meet quarterly with the Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force and track and report progress of clean-up
    • Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force meeting held on 3/8/17
  • Monitor owner/developer property disposition process

Year 3: Goals for 2017-2018

  • CheckBox-2020Complete the OU7 groundwater treatment facility
    • Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force meeting was held on November 1
  • Keep public aware of clean-up process and estimate clean-up date
  • Meet quarterly with the Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force and track and report progress of clean-up
    • Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force meeting held on 3/8/17
  • Monitor owner/developer property disposition process

Progress Updates:

  • Since the July MJTF meeting, 458,402 Cubic Yards (CY) of soil have been treated in OU 2-4, approximately 42% of the 1.1 million total CY to be treated in OU 2-4. Roughly 633,031 CY of dirt remains to be treated in OU 2-4.
    Approximately 53% of all OUs and the entire site has been remediated (1.05 million CY of the 1.97 million CY). Amec Foster Wheeler estimates that 60% of the site’s contaminated soils have been remediated.

Year 2: Goals for 2016-2017

  • Complete soil clean-up of operating units 2-6 and complete groundwater cleanup of site 7
    • Soil clean-up is ongoing for operating units 2-6.
    • Building permits were issued for the water treatment facility, which is under construction. 
  • CheckBox-2020Keep public aware of clean-up process and estimated clean-up date
    • Quarterly multi-jurisdictional task force meetings held.
  • CheckBox-2020Meet quarterly with the Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force  and track and report progress of clean-up
    • Multi-Jurisdictional Task Force meeting held on 11/2/16.
    • Ongoing discussions with potential property disposition. 

Year 1: Goals for 2015-2016

  • CheckBox-2020Complete soil clean-up of operating units 2-6 and complete groundwater cleanup of site 7
  • CheckBox-2020Keep public aware of clean-up process and estimated clean-up date
  • CheckBox-2020Meet quarterly with the multi-jurisdictional task force and track and report progress of clean-up

Visit the Whittaker Bermite Website
Visit the Whittaker Bermite Site Map

Contact: James Chow at (661) 255-4330