Planners breathe life into 10-year-old plan to develop Mint Canyon



A decade-old plan to build 75 homes on about as many acres in Mint Canyon at the Santa Clarita Valley border with Agua Dulce was extended for another year this week by regional planners.

The Sierra Way Estates housing development project promises 75 single-family homes to be built on 67 acres, roughly a mile and a half north of Vasquez Canyon Road and Sierra Highway.

Since it was approved by the Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission more than 10 years ago, on Nov. 1, 2006, the plan has called for 179 acres of the 246-acre site be set aside as permanent open space – 74 percent of the site.

On Tuesday, the developers asked that the project be extended for at least one more year.  The decision extends the plan until Nov. 1, 2018.

“The time extension was approved,” Mitch Glaser, spokesman for the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning told The Signal Tuesday.

In addition to the 73 homes, the Sierra Way Estates plan calls for four public facility lots, three open space lots and one water tank.

Regional planners described the land set aside for the project as hilly with many steep slopes.

The findings of the Regional Planning Commission concluded in 2006: “The irregularly-shaped property is approximately 246 gross acres in size in a mostly natural condition with level to steeply sloping topography.  Approximately 105.6 acres are within 0 to 25 percent slopes, 81.6 acres within 25 to 50 percent slopes and 58.7 acres have slopes 50 percent and over.”

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