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Santa Clarita adds 2,437 acres and 15,000 new residents

September 12, 2012 |  7:18 pm

Three new communities have officially become part of Santa Clarita following approval by the Local Agency Formation Commission, city officials said.

The state-regulated annexation of Fair Oaks Ranch, Jakes Way and the future Vista Canyon expands Santa Clarita by almost four square miles, 2,437 acres and 15,000 new residents and marks the single largest annexation ever undertaken by the city, officials said in a statement issued Wednesday.

In addition, the city-owned East Walker Ranch Open Space also became part of Santa Clarita.

The action follows last June’s absorption of the Copperstone development in Saugus, the open space in Elsmere Canyon and the future Soledad Commons retail center. That annexation added 1,284 residents and nearly 890 acres, the majority of which is open space.

Mayor Frank Ferry said the annexations would provide the new residents “with a role in shaping their quality of life,” since they would be allowed to vote in local elections, run for public office and serve on city commissions. Other benefits include access to “accountable local government services, a strong business community, safe neighborhoods, well cared for communities and great schools,” Ferry said.

Over the last 25 years, Santa Clarita has annexed 32 areas, adding more than 61,200 residents and 17.1 square miles, according to city officials. Santa Clarita hopes to further expand by December by annexing three more areas with total acreage of 3,365 and about 9,540 residents.

These annexations, already reviewed by the Local Agency Formation Commission and deemed feasible for Santa Clarita, would increase the city’s population to a little more than 200,000, making it the third most populous city in Los Angeles County, officials said.


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