Sand Canyon Resort project site tour planned for commissioners, public

The proposed layout for the revamped Sand Canyon Hotel and Resort. Submitted photo

As the preparation for the proposed Sand Canyon Resort project’s environmental impact report continues, the Santa Clarita Planning Commission is planning a site tour and interested members of the community can join.

On Tuesday, the city released a memo with details on the tour that is scheduled for Tuesday, May 21 for the proposed 77-acre resort and spa that would feature hotel rooms, villas and outdoor recreation.

“The purpose of the site tour is to give the Planning Commission and any interested parties that may or may not be familiar with Sand Canyon Country Club and the proposed project site an opportunity to tour the project site,” said Hai Nguyen, associate planner with the city’s planning division.

The meeting will convene at 4 p.m. in the Council Chambers at City Hall, located at 23920 Valencia Blvd., No. 120 in Valencia. A city bus will then take commissioners, city staff and interested individuals to the project site, on the northeast corner of Sand Canyon Road and Robinson Ranch Road to arrive by 4:30 p.m. Members of the public can also meet at the Sand Canyon Country Club by that time.

The tour will consist of three stops, according to the notice: a rendezvous at the country club, followed by a stop near the hotel site and ending near the Oak Villas site.

The bus will then depart from the country club at around 5 p.m. and return to City Hall.

The notice read that those attending should note that the site tour is only a visit and not a hearing for the project. “(T)here will not be a formal presentation and no decisions regarding this proposed project will be made at this meeting,” the memo continued.

A Planning Commission hearing is expected at a future date following the tour.

The planned site tour comes in the midst of several steps the city is conducting, including drafting the EIR as further information is collected.

The review of new comments from the public on the recently updated plan for the proposed project, which details a proposed size increase, is also in the works. Some residents of the Sand Canyon community contend the placement of the project is inappropriate because the area is considered a special standards district, for communities that maintain, preserve and enhance the character of a location.

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