Planning Commission to revisit three-story storage proposal on Golden Valley Road

Santa Clarita City Hall, as pictured on Feb. 26. Watson/The Signal
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Santa Clarita Planning commissioners are expected to discuss Tuesday a three-story storage facility project on Golden Valley Road that previously saw a recommended denial due to its design and land use. 

The proposal, brought forth by Horne Partners LLC, consists of building a 156,000-square-foot self-storage facility with up to 1,200 storage units, a business office, restrooms and a trash enclosure. The project would also include 21 parking spaces, 16 of which would be located behind an automated gate and situated around a central motor court/loading area, according to a city agenda report. 

The project site is located on Golden Valley Road and Valley Center Drive. 

Commissioners will consider the developer’s request to make several changes including changing the land use from community commercial to business park for the purpose of building a 57-foot-tall structure that exceeds 35 feet in height. 

Changes stem from a staff recommendation on Aug. 18 for commissioners to deny the project “based on prior City Council direction to discourage self-storage facilities on major highways, project design, and land use compatibility,” read the city agenda report. Staff had also raised concerns regarding the project not meeting the city’s policies pertaining to job creation, zoning and “the context of the proposed project in relation to nearby commercial buildings.” 

The Planning Commission discussed traffic on Valley Center Drive, the building’s proposed size, alternative access to the site and the suitability of the site for self-storage use. 

In working with commissioners’ feedback, the project was revised to reflect that two tower elements were lowered by 4 feet, according to the agenda report. The developer is expected to present additional revisions and information to the Planning Commission for their consideration. 

If it’s approved Tuesday, commissioners will move the project to the City Council for consideration. 

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