MINUTES OF THE MEETING OF THE LOCAL AGENCY

 

FORMATION COMMISSION FOR LOS ANGELES COUNTY

 

NOVEMBER 20, 2002

 

 

 

 Present:

Henri Pellissier, Chairman

James DiGiuseppe

Carol Herrera

Cindy Miscikowski

Beatrice Proo, Vice Chairman

William Wentworth

Zev Yaroslavsky

 

Hal Bernson, Alternate

Kenneth I. Chappell, Alternate

Richard Close, Alternate

Robert W. Goldsworthy

Donald Knabe, Alternate

Cristina Cruz-Madrid, Alternate

 

 

Larry J. Calemine, Executive Officer

John Krattli, Legal Counsel

 

Absent:

Yvonne Brathwaite-Burke

Jerry E. Gladbach

           

 

 

 

                       

 


 

1

    The meeting was called to order at 9:00 a.m. 

 

2   Pledge of Allegiance led by Chairman Pellissier.

 

   Persons who made a contribution of more than $250 to any member of the Commission during the preceding 12 months were asked to come forward and state for the record the Commissioner to whom such contribution was made and the item of their involvement.  (None)

 

3

    On motion of Commissioner Proo, unanimously carried, (Commissioners Burke and Gladbach being absent) the commission confirmed the results of the election held on October 22, 2002 for the Formation of the Lennox Garbage Disposal District in the unincorporated Lennox area.  There were a total of 550 votes cast, with 468 votes in favor and 82 votes opposing. 

   

4(a)

    The following matter was called up for consideration:

 

County Sanitation District No. 14, Annexation No. 276 – 2.455 acres located between 8th Street West and 10th Street West approximately 500 feet south of Avenue L, in the City of Lancaster.  The landowner is David C. Roman.

 

  On motion of Commissioner DiGiuseppe, unanimously carried, (Commissioners Burke and Gladbach being absent) the commission took the following actions:

 

  • Acting in its role as a responsible agency with respect to Annexation No. 276, a finding was made that the proposed annexation is categorically exempt from the provisions of CEQA pursuant to State CEQA Guidelines section 15332 and 15319(a), respectively.
  • Adopted the attached resolution making determinations approving and ordering Annexation No. 276 to County Sanitation District 14, subject to the term and condition that the territory so annexed shall be subject to payments, charges assessments as County Sanitation Districts may legally impose.   
  • Made a finding that all owners of land have given their written consent to the change of organization, and all affected agencies have consented in writing to the waiver of protest proceedings, and pursuant to Government Code section 56663, waived the requirement for protest proceedings in its entirety.

   

4(b)

    The following matter was called up for consideration:

 

            County Sanitation District No. 14, Annexation 278 – 1.009 acres located at the northeast corner of Avenue M-2 and 55th Street West, in the unincorporated Quartz area of Los Angeles County.  The landowner is Richard Meier.

 

  On motion of Commissioner DiGiuseppe, unanimously carried (Commissioners Burke and Gladbach being absent), the commission took the following actions:

 

  • Acting in its role as a responsible agency with respect to Annexation No. 278, the commission made a finding that the proposed annexation is categorically exempt from the provisions of CEQA pursuant to State CEQA Guidelines section 15332 and 15319(a), respectively. 
  • Adopted the attached resolution making determinations approving and ordering Annexation 278 to County Sanitation District 14, subject to the term and condition that the territory so annexed shall be subject to payments, charges assessments as County Sanitation Districts may legally impose. 
  • Made a finding that all owners of land have given their written consent to the change of organization, and all affected agencies have consented in writing to the waiver of protest proceedings, and pursuant to Government Code section 56663, waived the requirement for protest proceedings in its entirety.

 

4(c)

    The following matter was called up for consideration:

 

            County Sanitation District No. 15, Annexation 276 – 4.528 acres located on Vallecito Drive approximately ½ mile southerly from its intersection with Turnbull Canyon road, in the unincorporated Hacienda Heights area of Los Angeles County.  The landowners are Lydia M. Matyas and Colman Matyas; and Bernard Szerenyi and Martha Szerenyi.

 

  On motion of Commissioner DiGiuseppe, unanimously carried (Commissioners Burke and Gladbach being absent), the commission took the following actions:

 

  • Acting in its role as a responsible agency with respect to Annexation No. 276, the commission certified, that it has independently considered and reached its own conclusions regarding the environmental effects of the project and the mitigated negative declaration adopted by the County of Los Angeles and has determined that the document adequately addresses the environmental impacts of the project.  The commission made findings that it has complied with the requirements of CEQA with respect to the process for a responsible agency, and adopted by reference the negative declaration, including mitigation measures and findings previously prepared by the lead agency, in connection with its approval of the project. 
  • Adopted the attached resolution making determinations approving and ordering Annexation 276 to County Sanitation District 15, subject to the term and condition that the territory so annexed shall be subject to payments, charges assessments as County Sanitation Districts may legally impose.   
  • Made a finding that all owners of land have given their written consent to the change of organization, and all affected agencies have consented in writing to the waiver of protest proceedings, and pursuant to Government Code section 56663, waived the requirement for protest proceedings in its entirety.

 

4(d)

    The following matter was called up for consideration:

 

            County Sanitation District No. 26, Annexation No. 324 – three parcels totaling 41.933 acres located on Lost Canyon Road, easterly of Sand Canyon Road, in the City of Santa Clarita.  The landowners are Sand Canyon Storage, LLC (John H. Maxey, Partner and Manager, Newhall County Water District and several individual owners.

  On motion of Commissioner DiGiuseppe, unanimously carried (Commissioners Burke and Gladbach being absent), the commission took the following actions:

 

  • Acting in its role as a responsible agency with respect to Annexation No. 324, and under State CEQA Guidelines Section 15096, the commission made findings that:     

The proposed annexation as it relates to the single-family homes and construction of an additional single-family home is categorically exempt from the provisions of CEQA pursuant to State CEQA Guidelines sections 15319(a) and 15303(a) and

 

Certified that it has independently considered and reached its own conclusions regarding the environmental effects as they relates to the storage facility construction, well sites and vacant land, and the Negative Declaration and Environmental Impact Report certified by the City of Santa Clarita, and has determined that those documents adequately address the environmental impacts of the project; made a finding that it has complied with the requirements of CEQA with respect to the process for a responsible agency, and adopted by reference the negative declaration and environment impact report previously prepared by the lead agency, in connection with its approval of the project. 

  • Adopted the attached resolution making determinations approving and ordering Annexation 324 to County Sanitation District 26, subject to the term and condition that the territory so annexed shall be subject to payments, charges and assessments as County Sanitation Districts may legally impose.   
  • Made a finding that all owners of land have given their written consent to the change of organization, and all affected agencies have consented in writing to the waiver of protest proceedings, and pursuant to Government Code section 56663, waived the requirement for protest proceedings in its entirety.

 

4(e)

    The following matter was called up for consideration:

 

            County Sanitation District No. 26, Annexation 327 – three parcels totaling 8.292 acres located on Canyon Park Boulevard immediately west of the Antelope Valley Freeway, in unincorporated Los Angeles County in the vicinity of the City of Santa Clarita.  The landowner is Isaac Moradi.

 

On motion of Commissioner DiGiuseppe, unanimously carried (Commissioners Burke and Gladbach being absent), the commission took the following actions:

 

  • Acting in its role as a responsible agency with respect to Annexation No. 327, and under State CEQA Guidelines Section 15096,  the commission certified that it has independently considered and reached its own conclusions regarding the environmental effects of the project and the Addendum to the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) certified by the County of Los Angeles and determined that the document adequately addresses the environmental impacts of the project.  The commission also made a finding that it has complied with the requirements of CEQA with respect to the process for a responsible agency, and adopted by reference the Addendum to the EIR previously prepared by the lead agency, in connection with its approval of the project. 
  • Adopted the attached resolution making determinations approving and ordering Annexation 327 to County Sanitation District 26, subject to the term and condition that the territory so annexed shall be subject to payments, charges assessments as County Sanitation Districts may legally impose.   
  • Made a finding that all owners of land have given their written consent to the change of organization, and all affected agencies have consented in writing to the waiver of protest proceedings, and pursuant to Government Code section 56663, waived the requirement for protest proceedings in its entirety.

 

4(f)

    The following matter was called up for consideration:

 

County Sanitation District No. 26, Annexation 328 – 54.273 acres located on Sand Canyon Road approximately 2,500 feet north of Soledad Canyon Road all within the unincorporated area of Los Angeles County.  The landowner is Canyon View Estates, LLC (Ronald I. Cooper, Manager).

 

On motion of Commissioner DiGiuseppe, unanimously carried (Commissioners Burke and Gladbach being absent), the commission took the following actions:

 

  • Acting in its role as a responsible agency with respect to Annexation No. 328, and under State CEQA Guidelines Section 15096, the commission certified that it has independently considered and reached its own conclusions regarding the environmental effects of the projects and the Mitigated Negative Declaration adopted by the County of Los Angeles and has determined that the document adequately addresses the environmental impacts of the project.  The commission also made a finding that it has complied with the requirements of CEQA with respect to the process for a responsible agency, and hereby adopts by reference the negative declaration, including mitigation measures previously prepared by the lead agency, in connection with its approval of the project. 
  •  Adopted the attached resolution making determinations approving and ordering Annexation 328 to County Sanitation District 26, subject to the term and condition that the territory so annexed shall be subject to payments, charges assessments as County Sanitation Districts may legally impose.   
  • Made a finding that all owners of land have given their written consent to the change of organization, and all affected agencies have consented in writing to the waiver of protest proceedings, and pursuant to Government Code section 56663, waived the requirement for protest proceedings in its entirety.

 

4(g)

    The following matter was called up for consideration:

 

County Sanitation District No. 32, Annexation 260 – 3.467 acres located on Pine Street approximately ¼ of a mile southerly from its intersection with San Fernando Road, in the City of Santa Clarita.  The landowner is Montalvo Properties, LLC.

 

   On motion of Commissioner DiGiuseppe, unanimously carried (Commissioners Burke and Gladbach being absent), the commission took the following actions:

 

  • Acting in its role as a responsible agency with respect to Annexation No. 260, and under State CEQA Guidelines Section 15096, the commission certified that it has independently considered and reached its own conclusions regarding the environmental effects of the projects and the mitigated negative declaration  adopted by the City of Santa Clarita and has determined that the documents adequately addresses the environmental impacts of the project.  The commission also made a finding that it has complied with the requirements of CEQA with respect to the process for a responsible agency, and adopted by reference the mitigated negative declaration, previously prepared by the lead agency, in connection with its approval of the project. 
  • Adopted the attached resolution making determinations approving and ordering Annexation 260 to County Sanitation District 32, subject to the term and condition that the territory so annexed shall be subject to payments, charges assessments as County Sanitation Districts may legally impose.   
  • The commission made a finding that all owners of land have given their written consent to the change of organization, and all affected agencies have consented in writing to the waiver of protest proceedings, and pursuant to Government Code section 56663, waived the requirement for protest proceedings in its entirety.

 

4(h)

    The following matter was called up for consideration:

 

            County Sanitation District No. 32, Annexation 266 – 23.797 acres located approximately 600 feet southerly of San Fernando Road and approximately 1/3 of a mile westerly of Sierra Highway, in the City of Santa Clarita.

 

  On motion of Commissioner DiGiuseppe, unanimously carried (Commissioners Burke and Gladbach being absent), the commission took the following actions:

 

  • Acting in its role as a responsible agency with respect to Annexation No. 266, the commission certified that it has independently considered and reached its own conclusions regarding the environmental effects of the project and the mitigated negative declaration adopted by the City of Santa Clarita and has determined that the document adequately addresses the environmental impacts of the project.  The commission also made a finding that it has complied with the requirements of CEQA with respect to the process for a responsible agency, and adopted by reference the mitigated negative declaration, previously prepared by the lead agency, in connection with its approval of the project. 
  • Adopted the attached resolution making determinations approving and ordering Annexation 266 to County Sanitation District 32, subject to the term and condition that the territory so annexed shall be subject to payments, charges assessments as County Sanitation Districts may legally impose.   
  • Made a finding that all owners of land have given their written consent to the change of organization, and all affected agencies have consented in writing to the waiver of protest proceedings, and pursuant to Government Code section 56663, waived the requirement for protest proceedings in its entirety.

 

4(i)

    The following matter was called up for consideration:

 

            County Sanitation District No. 32, Annexation 267 – 5.121 acres located on Hasley Canyon Road approximately three miles west of the Golden State Freeway, in the unincorporated area of Val Verde in Los Angeles County.  The landowner is Holly Ann Abramson.

 

  On motion of Commissioner DiGiuseppe, unanimously carried (Commissioners Burke and Gladbach being absent), the commission took the following actions:

 

  • Acting in its role as a responsible agency with respect to Annexation No. 267, a finding was made that the proposed annexation is categorically exempt from the provision of CEQA pursuant to State CEQA Guidelines section 15303(a). 
  • Adopted the attached resolution making determinations approving and ordering the Annexation 267 to County Sanitation District 32, subject to the term and condition that the territory so annexed shall be subject to payments, charges assessments as County Sanitation Districts may legally impose.   
  • Made a finding that all owners of land have given their written consent to the change of organization, and all affected agencies have consented in writing to the waiver of protest proceedings, and pursuant to Government Code section 56663, waived the requirement for protest proceedings in its entirety.

4(j)

    The following matter was called up for consideration:

 

            County Sanitation District No. 32, Annexation No. 268 – 0.1855 acres located on Wiley Canyon Road approximately150 feet south of Powell Drive, in the City of Santa Clarita.  The landowner is Cheryl C. Jensen.

 

   On motion of Commissioner DiGiuseppe, unanimously carried (Commissioners Burke and Gladbach being absent), the commission took the following actions:

  • Acting in its role as a responsible agency with respect to Annexation No. 268,  a finding was made that the proposed annexation is categorically exempt from the provision of CEQA pursuant to State CEQA Guidelines section 15319(a).  
  • Adopted the attached resolution making determinations approving and ordering Annexation 268 to County Sanitation District 32, subject to the term and condition that the territory so annexed shall be subject to payments, charges assessments as County Sanitation Districts may legally impose.   
  • Made a finding that all owners of land have given their written consent to the change of organization, and all affected agencies have consented in writing to the waiver of protest proceedings, and pursuant to Government Code section 56663, waived the requirement for protest proceedings in its entirety.

 

4(k)

      The following matter was called up for consideration:

 

Santa Clarita Annexation 2002-05 (Golden Valley Ranch) – 1,311 acres located east of the City of Santa Clrita limits, east of State Route 14 (Antelope Valley Freeway), north of Placerita Canyon Road, and west and north of the Angeles National Forest.  The landowner is PacSun LLC.

 

On motion of Commissioner Yaroslavsky, unanimously carried (Commissioners Burke and Gladbach being absent), the commission took the following actions:

 

  1. Acting in its role as a responsible agency with respect to Annexation No. 2002-05, pursuant to State CEQA Guidelines Section 15096, the commission certified that it has independently considered and reached its own conclusions regarding the environmental effects of the proposed project and the environmental documents certified by the City of Santa Clarita, as lead agency, namely EIR SCH 91721307 and City of Santa Clarita Resolution No. 01-13, approving the Final Environmental Impact Report and Statement of Overriding Considerations, and has determined that the documents adequately address the environmental impacts of the proposed project. In addition, LAFCO finds that it has compiled with the requirements of CEQA with respect to the process for a responsible agency, and adopted by reference the environmental findings and Statement of Overriding Considerations, where applicable, previously adopted by the City of Santa Clarita in connection with its certification of that report for the proposed project.

  2. Made a finding that the county and all subject agencies have agreed to the proposed transfer.

  3. Amended the Sphere of Influence for the City of Santa Clarita and made the following determinations, in accordance with Government Code Section 56425: 

Present and planned land use

    1. The present Los Angeles County General Plan designation for the proposed subject area is Hillside Management (HM) and Non-Urban 1, which allows for a maximum density of 0.5 dwelling units per acre. The county zoning for the site is Agriculture (A-2-1), which allows for low density residential with a density of 1 dwelling unit per acre, R-1 (7,000) Single-Family Residential, R-1 (9,000) Single-Family Residential.  Other permitted uses are, commercial, institutional and recreational. The City of Santa Clarita General Plan designations and pre-zoning for the subject territory are Community Commercial (CC), Residential Estate (RE) and Residential Suburban (RS). 

                Present and probable need for public facilities and services:

    1. There are adequate public facilities to service the Golden Valley Ranch development proposal. The subject territory is currently undeveloped and uninhabited.  Upon development and habitation, public facilities and services will be required to meet the needs of the community and will be provided as set forth in (c) below.   

Present capacity of public facilities:

    1. There are adequate public service facilities are available to service the site. 
    1. Fire:  The impact of this development exceeds the current capacity of the Los Angeles County Fire Department.  The developer is required to build a new fire station to mitigate the negative impact. 
    1. Sheriff: The development will be serviced by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.  It is determined that the needed increase in staffing will be funded by increased revenues.  Upon said increase in staffing, services will be adequate to meet the needs of the new development.
    2. Water:  The Santa Clarita Water Company has water available to serve the proposed project development. 
    1. Waste Water:  Services will be provided upon development by Los Angeles County Sanitation District 26.  
    1. Electric/Gas:  Services will be provided by California Edison and Southern California Gas Company.  The services to be provided will be adequate to meet the needs of the development. 
    1. Parks/Recreation: The project will pose a significant demand on park and recreational resources.  The developer is dedicating a significant amount of open-space to mitigate the adverse impact.     
    1. Schools: The cumulative impact on schools is significant.  The developer will be required to build an elementary school to mitigate any negative impacts. 
    1. The subject territory includes a proposal to build a planned community consisting of a residential component with construction of 498 single-family homes and 610,930 square feet of commercial development. 
  1. Adopted the attached resolution making determinations approving and ordering Annexation 2002-05 (Golden Valley Ranch) to the City of Santa Clarita, and the detachment of the same said territory from Los Angeles County Road District No. 5, pursuant to Government Code Section 56375.
  1. Made a finding that the affected agencies have consented to the waiver of conducting authority proceedings, pursuant to Government Code Section 56663(c) and waived the conducting authority proceedings in its entirety.

    5(a)
      The Executive Officer gave a status report on Hacienda Heights incorporation proposal.  Staff is currently finalizing the Executive Officer’s Report that will be distributed early next week.

    5(b)
         Acknowledged Commissioner Zev Yaroslavsky’s reappointment as a regular commission member by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, for a four-year term of office expiring the first Monday in May 2006.

5(c)

    On motion of Commissioner Herrera, unanimously carried (Commissioners Burke and Gladbach being absent), the minutes of the October 23, 2002 meeting were approved.

 

5(d)

    On motion of Commissioner Wentworth, unanimously carried (Commissioners Burke and Gladbach being absent), the October 2002 Operating Account Check Register, Money Market Account Register and Special Reorganization Check Register were approved.


 6

     One member of the public addressed the commission.  Jim McQuiston of the East Hollywood Community Association submitted a written statement regarding the amount of money spent on various incorporation proposals.  In particular the Hacienda Heights pending incorporation proposal was the subject of his oral and written statement.

 

7

     The next Commission hearing was set for December 11, 2002.

 

8

     On motion of Commissioner Pellissier, unanimously carried, (Commissioners Burke and Gladbach being absent) the Regular Meeting was adjourned at 9:35 a.m.

 

 

 

                                                      Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

                                                      LARRY J. CALEMINE

                                    Executive Officer