The City of Santa Clarita‘s City Council was back in session Tuesday, August 26, after their summer hiatus. The full agenda included recognitions for outgoing Planning Commissioner Michael Berger and outgoing Parks, Recreation, and Community Services Commissioner Laura Hauser.
Both commissioners served the community diligently during their tenure. Commissoner Hauser worked on several high profile projects including the design of the expansion of the Sports Complex and the creation of Todd Longshore Park. Commissioner Berger served during the review of several high profile planning projects and his input can be seen in many places in Santa Clarita including the Madison Apartments and projects along Town Center Drive.
In addition to a full consent calendar, there were a handful of agenda items that generated comments. Public Hearing Agenda item 11: AMENDMENT TO THE UNIFIED DEVELOPMENT CODE FOR HISTORIC PRESERVATION REVIEW was moved from its first reading to September 9, where the second reading will be held by the City Council. This amendment to the Unified Development Code allows the City to review projects that might impact the City’s historical resources.
The final agenda item of the evening was Unfinished Business Agenda Item 12: BENZ ROAD TRAFFIC ISSUES AND RESPONSE TO NEIGHBORHOOD MEETING. The issue of traffic in the Saugus area, specifically along Benz Road and surrounding neighborhoods, has been something the City has been trying to remedy for the last five years with numerous public meetings and studies taking place over that time. On Tuesday night, City staff presented alternatives to the City Council, based on their research and outreach efforts with the community. After much debate and input from community members, the City Council directed staff to get started on a three-month trial project that will locate a diagonal diverter at the intersection of Alaminos and Benz to restrict and discourage “cut-through” traffic through the surrounding residential neighborhoods. After the three-month trial, City staff will report back to the City Council. The City Council’s direction also gave the resources and latitude necessary for staff to use speed humps.
The City of Santa Clarita‘s City Council regular meetings are held each second and fourth Tuesday of the month in the Council Chambers at Santa Clarita City Hall located at 23920 Valencia Blvd. Agendas and minutes can be found at the City’s web site. Meetings are broadcast live on Time Warner Channel 20 and streamed on the City’s web site.
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