MINUTES OF THE LOCAL AGENCY

 

FORMATION COMMISSION FOR LOS ANGELES COUNTY

 

September 10, 2003

 

 

 

 

 

Present:

 

Henri F. Pellissier, Chairman

Yvonne Brathwaite-Burke

Jerry Gladbach

Cindy Miscikowski

Beatrice Proo, Vice Chair

William Wentworth

Zev Yaroslavsky

 

Kenneth I. Chappell

Robert W. Goldsworthy, Alternate

Cristina Cruz-Madrid, Alternate

 

 

Larry J. Calemine, Executive Officer

John Krattli, Legal Counsel

 

Absent:

 

Richard Close, Alternate

James DiGiuseppe,

Carol Herrera

Donald Knabe, Alternate

 

 

 


 

 

1

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

 

2

Pledge of Allegiance led by Henri F. Pellissier, Chairman.

 

3

The following matter was called up for consideration:

 

County Sanitation District No. 14, Annexation No. 277 40.197 acres located at the northwest corner of 30th Street West and Avenue P-8, in the City of Palmdale. The landowner is K. Hovnanian Forecast Homes, Inc. (John Heimann, Planning Project Manager) and numerous others.

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

 

[Commissioner Burke in at 9:02 a.m.]

 

        Acting in its role as a responsible agency with respect to Annexation No. 277, and under State CEQA Guidelines Section 15096, the Commission made a finding that it has independently considered and reached its own conclusions regarding the environmental effects of the project and the negative declaration adopted by the City of Palmdale, as lead agency, 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 previously prepared by the lead agency in connection with its approval of the project.

 

        Adopted Resolution No. 2003-17RD Making Determinations Approving Annexation No. 277 to County Sanitation District No. 14.

 

        Made a finding that the annexation shall be subject to the following term and condition:

 

The property so annexed shall be subject to the payment of such service charges, assessments or taxes as the County Sanitation District may legally impose.

 

        Set October 22, 2003 as the date for Commission protest proceedings pursuant to Government Code Section 57002.

 

4

The following matter was called up for consideration:

 

County Sanitation District No. 14, Annexation No. 280 1.260 acres located on 15th Street West, approximately 600 feet north of Avenue J-8, in the City of Lancaster. The landowner is Antelope Valley School Health Care District (Matthew Abraham, President/CEO).

 

On motion of Commissioner Wentworth, unanimously carried (Commissioners DiGiuseppe, Herrera and Yaroslavsky being absent), the Commission took the following actions:

 

        Acting in its role as a responsible agency with respect to Annexation No. 280, and under State CEQA Guidelines Section 15096, the Commission made a finding 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 Lancaster, as lead agency, 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 mitigated negative declaration previously prepared by the lead agency in connection with its approval of the project.

 

        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.

 

        Adopted Resolution No. 2003-18RD Making Determinations Approving and Ordering Annexation No. 280 to County Sanitation District No. 14.

 

        Made a finding that the annexation shall be subject to the following term and condition:

 

The property so annexed shall be subject to the payment of such service charges, assessments or taxes as the County Sanitation District may legally impose.

 

5

The following matter was called up for consideration:

 

County Sanitation District No. 14, Annexation No. 281 21.364 acres located at the southwest corner of Avenue N and 50th Street West, in the City of Palmdale. The landowner is Albertson's, Inc. (Michael A. Lascano).

 

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

 

        Acting in its role as a responsible agency with respect to Annexation No. 281, and under State CEQA Guidelines Section 15096, the commission made a finding 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 Palmdale, as lead agency, 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 mitigated negative declaration previously prepared by the lead agency in connection with its approval of the project.

 

        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, and waived the requirement for protest proceedings in its entirety.

 

        Adopted Resolution No. 2003-19RD Making Determinations Approving and Ordering Annexation No. 281 to County Sanitation District No. 14.

 

        Made a finding that the annexation shall be subject to the following term and condition:

 

  The property so annexed shall be subject to the payment of such service charges, assessments or taxes as the County Sanitation District may legally impose.

 

6

The following matter was called up for consideration:

 

County Sanitation District No. 18, Annexation No. 47 1.108 acres located on East Road, approximately 200 feet east of Hacienda Boulevard, in the City of La Habra Heights. The landowner is Sandra Romero-Ramirez.

 

On motion of Commissioner Wentworth, unanimously carried (Commissioners DiGiuseppe, Herrera and Yaroslavsky being absent), the Commission took the following actions: 

 

        Made a finding that the annexation is categorically exempt from the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act pursuant to State CEQA Guidelines section 15303 (a) (construction of not more than three single-family homes in an urbanized area).

 

        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.

 

        Adopted Resolution No. 2003-20RD Making Determinations Approving and Ordering Annexation No. 47 to County Sanitation District No. 18.

 

        Provide that the annexation shall be subject to the following term and condition:

 

The property so annexed shall be subject to the payment of such service charges, assessments or taxes as the County Sanitation District may legally impose.

 

7

The following matter was called up for consideration:

 

County Sanitation District No. 20, Annexation No. 69 56.920 acres located on 70th Street East, approximately one fourth of a mile north of Avenue S, in the City of Palmdale. The landowner is the Antelope Valley Union High School District.

 

On motion of Commissioner Proo, unanimously carried (Commissioners DiGiuseppe, Herrera and Yaroslavsky being absent), the Commission took the following actions:

 

        Acting in its role as a responsible agency with respect to Annexation No. 69, and under State CEQA Guidelines Section 15096, the Commission made a finding 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 Antelope Valley Union High School District, as lead agency, 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 mitigated negative declaration previously prepared by the lead agency in connection with its approval of the project.

        Amended the sphere of influence for Los Angeles County Sanitation District No. 20 and made the following determinations:

 

a. Present and planned land uses:

The territory consists of vacant land. The territory is proposed for future development as a high school.

 

b. Present and probable need for public facilities and services:

Presently there is not a need for public facilities, however, once completed, the high school will require wastewater related services.

 

c. The present capacity of public facilities and the adequacy of public services that the agency provides or is authorized to provide:

The District will have adequate capacity in its10-inch diameter 56th Street East Trunk Sewer in 55th Street East at Avenue R, located approximately 1.5 miles northwest of the subject territory, to collect, treat and dispose of the wastewater anticipated to be generated on the subject property.

 

d. The existence of any social or economic communities of interest:

Amendment of the sphere of influence will permit the proposed development to be served by the County Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County.

 

        Adopted Resolution No. 2003-21RD Making Determinations Approving and Ordering Annexation No. 69 to County Sanitation District No. 20.

 

        Made a finding that the annexation shall be subject to the following term and condition:

 

The property so annexed shall be subject to the payment of such service charges, assessments or taxes as the County Sanitation District may legally impose.

 

8

The following matter was called up for consideration:

 

County Sanitation District No. 21, Annexation No. 696 1.507 acres located at the southeast corner of Mt. Baldy Road and Mills Avenue, in the City of Claremont. The landowner is Salvador Munoz.

 

On motion of Commissioner Miscikowski, unanimously carried (Commissioners DiGiuseppe, Herrera and Yaroslavsky being absent), the Commission took the following actions:

        Made a finding that this annexation is categorically exempt from the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act pursuant to State CEQA Guidelines section 15303 (a) (construction of not more than three single-family homes in an urbanized area).

 

        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.

 

        Adopted Resolution No. 2003-22RD Making Determinations Approving and Ordering Annexation No. 696 to County Sanitation District No. 21.

 

        Made a finding that the annexation shall be subject to the following term and condition:

 

The property so annexed shall be subject to the payment of such service charges, assessments or taxes as the County Sanitation District may legally impose.

 

9

The following matter was called up for consideration:

 

County Sanitation District No. 26, Annexation No. 295 138.966 acres located on Mystery Mesa Drive, approximately 3,000 feet south of its intersection with Vasquez Canyon Road, in the unincorporated area of Los Angeles County. The landowner is Pardee Construction Company (Theodore J. Cullen, Sr. V.P. and Patricia Cohen, Asst. Secretary).

 

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

 

        Acting in its role as a responsible agency with respect to Annexation No. 295, and under State CEQA Guidelines Section 15096, the Commission made a finding that it has independently considered and reached its own conclusions regarding the environmental effects of the project and the negative declaration adopted by Los Angeles County, as lead agency, 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 previously prepared by the lead agency in connection with its approval of the project

 

        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.

 

        Adopted Resolution No. 2003-23RD Making Determinations Approving and Ordering Annexation No. 295 to County Sanitation District No. 26.

 

        Made a finding that the annexation shall be subject to the following term and condition:

 

  The property so annexed shall be subject to the payment of such service charges, assessments or taxes as the County Sanitation District may legally impose.

 

10

The following matter was called up for consideration:

 

County Sanitation District No. 26, Annexation No. 332 1.000 acres located on Sierra Highway, approximately three-fourths of a mile northerly from its intersection with Soledad Canyon Road, in the City of Santa Clarita. The landowner is Rosanna Haddad.

 

On motion of Commissioner Wentworth, unanimously carried (Commissioners DiGiuseppe, Herrera and Yaroslavsky being absent), the Commission took the following actions:

 

        Made a finding that this annexation is categorically exempt from the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act pursuant to State CEQA Guidelines section 15303 (c) (conversion of existing small structures from one use to another where only minor modifications are made in the exterior of the structure and where the project does not involve the use of significant amounts of hazardous substances, and does not exceed 2500 square feet in floor area).

 

        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.

 

        Adopted Resolution No. 2003-24RD Making Determinations Approving and Ordering Annexation No. 332 to County Sanitation District No. 26.

  

        Made a finding that the annexation shall be subject to the following term and condition:

 

  The property so annexed shall be subject to the payment of such service charges, assessments or taxes as the County Sanitation District may legally impose.

 

11

On motion of Commissioner Wentworth, unanimously carried (Commissioners DiGiuseppe, Herrera being absent and Commissioners Miscikowski, Pellissier and Proo abstaining), the Commission approved the corrected minutes of the meeting held on August 27, 2003.

 

12

The Executive Officer gave an update on the Municipal Service Reviews and Spheres of Influence process. The Executive Officer indicated that as of September 9th 108 agencies have responded to the Request for Information Part I and 72 remain outstanding and 88 agencies have responded to Part II and 92 agencies have yet to respond. The Executive stated that the Request for Information Part III is being finalized and deals specifically with Police and Fire services. The Executive Officer indicated that the first Municipal Service Review (MSR) area will be Avalon with a tentative completion date of January 2004. The second MSR area will be the Las Virgenes area including Calabasas, Malibu and Hidden Hills and any special districts that are in that territory.

 

[Commissioner Yaroslavsky in at 9:20 a.m.]

 

Commissioner Madrid had questions regarding Police and Fire services being the focus of the Request for Information Part III when they are not the focus of the Guidelines provided by the Office of Planning and Research. The Executive Officer responded that the purpose of the MSR section of Cortese-Knox-Hertzberg was to have LAFCOs serve as the vanguard for municipal planning purposes and within that process, population growth projections are integral to the MSRs. Therefore, with any increase in population, public health and safety are affected thereby creating the need for the Commission to look at the provision of Police and Fire protection services as part of the MSR process.

 

13

No one came forward during the period allowed for public comment.

 

14

The next meetings will be October 8 and October 24, 2003.

 

15

There was no new business to be placed on any future agenda.

 

16

Commissioner Yaroslavsky requested to be on record as consenting to Agenda Items 3a through 3h.

 

17

On motion of Commissioner Yarsolsavsky, unanimously carried (Commissioners DiGiuseppe, Herrera and Yaroslavsky being absent), the meeting adjourned at 9:27 a.m.

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Larry J. Calemine

Executive Officer