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Updates

Sierra Highway Road Maintenance-Phase 3
Nov 2nd, 2022
UPDATE: 11/2/22: POSTPONED UNTIL SPRING OF 2023 More in from LA County Department of Public Works: Starting October 31, 2022, Sierra Highway between Spring Street in Sleepy Valley to approximately 1200 feet north of Davenport Road will have road maintenance. The project is expected to be completed by November 23, 2022. read more

No Election for Agua Dulce Town Council
Oct 10th, 2022
This just in from the Election Committee: October 10, 2022 No Election for Agua Dulce Town Council Four seats were open for a 2-year term. Incumbents Mary Johnson, Candy Clemente, and Kathyrn Segura declared their intent to run. Incumbent Lou Vince declared that he would not seek re-election. Additionally, Cliff Grimes applied and declared his intent to run. All applications were filed in a timely manner, and all applicants qualified to fill the four open seats on the Council. No other applicants applied. The Agua Dulce Town Council Bylaws state: "If candidates are unopposed or there is less than a full slate of candidates, those candidates shall be elected by acclamation and an election will not be held." Council Members will be sworn in and take office at the December 14, 2022 meeting. The Council thanks the 2022 Election Committee (Chair Rosie Heffley and Vice Chair Trish Brewer) for their dedication and service to the community. read more

Survey about Water Topics in the Santa Clara River Watershed Area
Jun 27th, 2022
TreePeople through the Water Talks Program is creating a no-cost education series covering a variety of water topics specific to the Upper Santa Clara River Watershed area. They are soliciting feedback to gauge interest, and tailor sessions to meet local needs. Responses received by June 30 will be appreciated. read more

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The Agua Dulce Town Council welcomes you.

The Agua Dulce Town Council is a California nonprofit organization and exempt from Federal income tax under section 501(c)4 of the Internal Revenue Code.  The Council relies on donations for its nominal operating expenses.

To send a donation to the Agua Dulce Town Council, send a check or money order made out to the Agua Dulce Town Council and send it to Agua Dulce Town Council, 33201 Agua Dulce Town Council, Box 8, Agua Dulce, CA 91390


Agua Dulce (Spanish for "sweet water") is an unincorporated community in Los Angeles County, California, nestled in the Sierra Pelona Valley, 44 miles north of Los Angeles, and just north of Santa Clarita. It has an elevation of 2526 feet (770 m), a geographic area of approximately 25 square miles (65 km²),  and a population of about 4,000. 

This is the official site of its Town Council.


Next Meeting: VIRTUAL via ZOOM

In an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19, the regularly scheduled meetings of the Agua Dulce Town Council will be virtual via ZOOM until further notice.

The regular meetings are held on the second Wednesday of the month.  The November 9, 2022 meeting format will be conducted via ZOOM.  The administrative portion of the meeting is held at 6:30 pm with the general community meeting beginning at 7:00 pm.  Both meetings are open to the public.  Meeting details will be included on the Agenda. 

The agenda will be posted (as soon as it is available) on our "Agenda and Minutes" as "Next Meeting Agenda."  Please attend this meeting and be informed about important community matters.

ZOOM Meeting details



This just in from the Election Committee:  October 10, 2022

No Election for Agua Dulce Town Council

Four seats were open for a 2-year term.  Incumbents Mary Johnson, Candy Clemente, and Kathyrn Segura declared their intent to run.  Incumbent Lou Vince declared that he would not seek re-election.  Additionally, Cliff Grimes applied and declared his intent to run.  All applications were filed in a timely manner, and all applicants qualified to fill the four open seats on the Council.  No other applicants applied. 

The Agua Dulce Town Council Bylaws state:  "If candidates are unopposed or there is less than a full slate of candidates, those candidates shall be elected by acclamation and an election will not be held."  

Council Members will be sworn in and take office at the December 14, 2022 meeting.

The Council thanks the 2022 Election Committee (Chair Rosie Heffley and Vice Chair Trish Brewer) for their dedication and service to the community.


California High Speed Rail Update:  Palmdale to Burbank

DEIR Released September 2, 2022

***Public Comment Period Extended to December 1, 2022***

The California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) announces the availability of the Palmdale to Burbank Project Section Draft Enviornmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (EIR/EIS). The Authority has prepared a project-level (Tier 2) Draft EIR/EIS that examines the Palmdale to Burbank section.  This 31-38 mile project section would provide HSR service between the Plamdale Station and the Burbank Airport Station.  

This draft EIR/EIS evaluates the impacts and benefits of a No Project Alternative and six Build Alternatives connecting the 2 stations.  The Authority's Preferred Alternative is the SR14A Build Alternative.  The SR14A Alternative avoids Una Lake and will be underground through the community of Acton, and within the Angeles National Forest (ANF) and the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument. 

For specific information on the Palmdale to Burbank Project Section Overview with links to Videos, Documents, and Interactive Maps click HERE.

Direct Link to the Interactive map showing all affected property.  Just put in your address

For details on the project Click HERE and then click on the Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement and scroll down for all the different documents.  

Click HERE to download the Notice of Availability/Notice of Public Hearing

The comment period begins on September 2, 2022 and has been extended to December 1, 2022.  Comments must be received electronically or postmarked on or before 5:00 PM on December 1, 2022. During the comment period, written comments may be submitted in the following ways:

  • By mail to Attn: “Palmdale to Burbank Draft EIR/EIS Comment”, California HighSpeed Rail Authority, 355 S. Grand Avenue, Suite 2050 Los Angeles, CA 90071;
  • Through the Authority’s website (www.hsr.ca.gov);
  • By email to Palmdale_Burbank@hsr.ca.gov with the subject line “Palmdale to Burbank Draft EIR/EIS Comment”;
  • Verbal comment on the direct phone line for the Palmdale to Burbank Project Section at (800) 630-1039; and
  • Oral testimony at the online Public Hearing to be held on October 18, 2022, from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m.

The Authority will hold an Online Open House on October 6, 2022 from 5:00 PM to 7:30 PM

The Authority will hold and Online Public Hearing on October 18, 2022 from 3:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

Please check the Authority website (www.hsr.ca.gov) for more information, including up-to-date information ont he planned Open House and Public Hearing and how to access them.  

Please visit the Events Page for more information about upcoming public virtual community meetings.


***UPDATE: 11/2/22: POSTPONED UNTIL SPRING 2023***

Sierra Highway Phase 3 Rehabilitation scheduled to start October 31, 2022 with completion by November 23, 2022

Los Angeles County Public Works is scheduling a road maintenance project from Spring Street in Sleepy Valley southwest to Davenport Road.  The work will consist of performing a 3" cold-in-place recycling (CIR) treatment on the existing asphalt pavement and placeing a 1.5" overlay cap of Asphalt Rubber Hot Mix (ARHM).  With the upcoming construction expect traffic delays.  Please make necessary arrangements for travel.  Temporary "NO PARKING" signs and door hangers will be posted at lease 48 hours prior to work on your street.  For your safety and project success, please observe all traffic contrils, detour routes, parking restrictions, and flagmen; exercise caution wihil in the vicinity of all construction activities.  

If you have any questions, please contact Nallely Riley at (661) 947-7173 between 7 AM and 4 PM, Wednesday and Thursday.  You may also contact Road Maintenance 523 at (661) 252-2700 between 7 AM and 4 PM Tuesday through Friday.  Refer to Sierra Highway Phase 3 Project. 


Agua Dulce Residential Project, RTG Investments, formerly known as the Coussoulis Development, Vesting Tentative Tract Map No. 50385

This is a large scale project on 908 acres located northwesterly of Valley Sage Road, between Sierra Highway and the Antelope Valley Freeway, SR 14, in the Agua Dulce area.  

Documents and information related to the project


Draft Community Wildfire Protection (CWP) Ordinance 

Click HERE for the link to the project website

The Los Angeles County (County) Department of Regional Planning is in the process of developing the Community Wildfire Protection (CWP) Ordinance. The CWP Ordinance was formerly named, and referenced in the General Plan, as the Reduce Damage From Wildfire Ordinance. The CWP Ordinance is being drafted in response to the February 11, 2020 motion by the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The CWP Ordinance will amend the Los Angeles County Code Title 21 (Subdivisions Code) and Title 22 (Planning and Zoning Code) to address adequate evacuation egress during wildfire events, to improve public safety, and to reduce risks to development located within Very High Fire Hazard Severity Zones (VHFSHSZ).

Please use the map link below to determine if your property is within a VHFHSZ.

Public comments will be collected until Monday October 3rd, 2022.

Amateur Radio Techinician License Class

For anyone interested in a HAM radio license the Technician license is the entry-level license for all HAM radio operators.

The Acton Agua Dulce Amateur Radio Club (AADARC) will be conducting a Technician License class that will prepare you to take and pass the FCC written test for your own Technician license. 

Amateur Radio is a fascinating hobby offering many aspects for enjoyment. Amateur operators range from everyday folks to Nobel prize winners. Amateurs often enjoy more than one aspect of the hobby that includes helping with emergency communication, building equipment, conducting experiments, or simply communicating with others locally or around the world.
Here are the important details.

Where:
Acton Agua Dulce Library
When:
The first class is September 15. Followed by classes on:
September 22, September 29, and October 4.
The exam is currently TBD. Check back soon for updates.
All classes will start at 6PM.

Full details are on the AADARC website. See https://aadarc.org/technician-license-class.html

***Gardens of Paradise:  LA County Board of Supervisors Upholds Denial of Conditional Use Permit***

At their meeting on Tuesday, July 26, 2022, the LA County Board of Supervisors upheld the Regional Planning Commission's denial of the Conditional Use Permit due to inactivity.  We thank the Board for reviewing the substantial evidence to support the denial.  As we understand the process going forward, in 12 months, the applicant can reapply for a Conditional Use Permit.  The current zoning of A-1-2 and the fact that the property is within a Significant Ecological Area will be considered.  Thank you to everyone who has been part of the process.  

Conditional Use Permit No. 201200163 was filed to authorize a special event center and related uses at 32222 Agua Dulce Canyon Road in Agua Dulce.  On July 21, 2021, the Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission reviewed an appeal of the Hearing Officer's denial for inactivity of the CUP, and denied the applicant's appeal and affirmed the Hearing Officer's decision.  Subsequently, the applicant appealed the Commmission's decision to the Board of Supervisors.

Click HERE to view the letter the Agua Dulce Town Council sent 7/18/2022 to Supervisor Barger

Click HERE to view the Board letter from Regional Planning

Click HERE to view the Public Comment/Correspondence

For details about the project click HERE.

Click HERE to see Site Plan submitted 3/9/2021

Click HERE to see Project Description submitted 2/17/2021


June 10, 2022:  This just in from LA County Department of Public Works:  Initial Study/Negative Declaration:  Acton, Agua Dulce, and Antelope Valley Garbage Disposal District or Residential Franchise Contracts

June 10, 2022: A "recirculated Negative Declaration is being circulated for a 30-day public review starting June 10, 2022 and ending July 9, 2022.  

To view the Recirculated Notice of Intent click HERE.

To view or download the Recirculated Initial Study/Negative Declaration, click HERE.

Click HERE to get more information on the proposed program. 

There will be a virtual Zoom meeting hosted by Dept of Public Works to explain the proposal and to take public comments on Thursday, June 30, 2022.  Town Council members will be in attendance and will submit written public comments based on community input at the meeting.  This will affect all Agua Dulce residents.  Please attend to you understand the requirements this program is proposing.  

LA County Public Works is proposing the creation and operation of new Garbage Disposal District or Residential Franchises (GDDs/RFs) and associated waste hauling contracts for Acton and Agua Dulce.  Under the proposed GDD/RF contracts, selected waste hauler would provide source-separated curbside collection service of refuse, recyclales, and organic waste.  Manure collection, bulky items pickup, and illegal dumping pickups would also be provided.  Establishment of GDDs require voter approval; as such if GDDs are not established, RFs would be established for residential areas and the existing commercial franchise would remain in place for commercial customers.  

To view the Notice of Intent click HERE. This has been recirculated.  See above.

To view or download the Initial Study/Negative Declaration, click HERE.  This has been recirculated.  See above.


Proposed Amendment to Bylaws and Election Procedures approved at the June 8, 2022 regular meeting

At the June 8, 2022 Agua Dulce Town Council Meeting, the proposed amendments to the Bylaws and Election Procedures were approved.  The amendments are listed below:

  • Formally eliminating Election Committee Treasurer and duties and transferring tht responsibility to the Agua Dulce Town Council Treasurer
  • Eliminating "write-in" candidates.  In the past 20 years, there have been no write-in candidates and the Election Committee indicates that having that option with the short timeframe (10 days prior to the election) may result in logistical issues
  • Clean up of formatting and minor modifications to update to current standards

Click HERE to see the Approved Bylaws and Election Procedures


SAFE, CLEAN WATER PROGRAM - MEASURE W

Through Measure W, the Safe Clean Water Program provides local, dedicated funding to increase LA County's local water supply, improve water quality, and enhance communities.  Agua Dulce is located within the Santa Clara River Watershed Area.  The watershed area drains west into Ventura County, where it eventually empties into the Pacific Ocean. The main watercourse through this watershed area is the Santa Clara River, which originates in the San Gabriel Mountains. Municipalities that fall within the boundaries of this Watershed Area are Los Angeles County and Santa Clarita.

The Santa Clara River Watershed Area is estimated to receive up to $6 million annually to fund regional projects and programs.

Regional Program funds for the Watershed Area are programmed by the Watershed Area Steering Committee  comprised of local stakeholders from agencies, municipalities, and community members from within the Watershed Area. The Steering Committee meets regularly to develop funding plans and recommendations to provide water quality, water supply, and community enhancement benefits to the region.  Click HERE to see a video recording the latest Santa Clara River Watershed Area Steering Committee meeting.  Use this password:  UfQm9qKJ


Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board Notice of Public Hearing to Issue a Waste Discharge Requirements to RTG Investments, LLC for the Agua Dulce Residential Development Project (File No 20-105) February 10, 2022, 9:00 AM.  Please refer to the Los Angeles Water Board website for the agenda for the meeting which will include the information on registering and attending the meeting.  Approximately 1 week prior to the meeting, go to the following link to register Click HERE. Oral comments will be accepted at the public hearing.  Written comments must be received by January 21, 2021 at 5:00 PM. Send via USPS to Los Angeles Regional Water Control Board, Attn:  401 Unit, 320 /west 4th St, Suite 200, Los Angeles, CA 90013.  Send via email to RB4-401Certification@waterboards.ca.gov  Indicate in the subject line, “Comment Letter-Agua Dulce Residential Development Project.”  Send in a Microsoft Word format.  Questions:  contact Celine Gallon at (213) 576-6784 or via email at celine.gallon@waterboards.ca.gov


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Zoom Tool Bar

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Adjustment of Boundary of Santa Clarita Valley and Antelope Valley Plans to include all of Agua Dulce Community Standards District within the SCV Plan.

LA County Board of Supervisors:  Notice of Public Hearing:  April 24, 2018, 9:30 AM, Room 381B, Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, 500 West Temple St, Los Angeles.

Project no. R2017003368-(5) Advance Planning Case no. RPPL2017005805-(5) Santa Clarita Valley Area Plan Maintenance Project.

Adjustment of boundary of SCV and AV Plans to include all of the Agua Dulce CSD in the SCV lan.  Project materials available at:  http://planning.lacounty.gov/scvap_maintenance


Click HERE to connect to Los Angeles County Code Agua Dulce Community Standards District



BOARD OF SUPERVISORS UNANIMOUSLY APPROVE REVISED COMMUNITY STANDARDS DISTRICT!

March 4, 2014:  In effort to keep Agua Dulce rural and equestrian-friendly, the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a revision to Agua Dulce's Community Standards District, part of the county’s Title 22 - Planning and Zoning of the Los Angeles County Code. 

Being part of Los Angeles County, a gigantic, urban, metropolitan county, Community Standards Districts allow small communities like Agua Dulce to establish their own development standards and set of regulations that protect and preserve their unique community characteristics.  The revised standards approved by the Board of Supervisors on March 4, 2014 will maintain low density development, minimize urban infrastructure, protect sensitive resources, maintain and enhance the pedestrian and equestrian trail system, and preserve the archeological, historical, agricultural, equestrian, cultural, and geologic features that are unique to Agua Dulce.  A special thanks to Supervisor Antonovich for supporting the community’s intent to strengthen the standards to maintain our distinctive rural character.  The community of Agua Dulce has been working on the revisions for many years, and the Agua Dulce Town Council is proud the new standards are finally in place for protection and preservation of our distinctive lifestyle.



!!!!!  THE UPDATED AGUA DULCE COMMUNITY STANDARDS DISTRICT  GETS APPROVED BY BOARD OF SUPERVISORS ON MAY 22, 2012!!!!!  

On May 22, 2012, the Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the recommendation of the Regional Planning Commission (RPC) to amend the County Code to update the Agua Dulce CSD as reflected in the draft ordinance and incorporate the requests of the Agua Dulce Town Council into the CSD and instructed County Counsel to prepare an ordinance amending the County Code as recommended by the RPC. 

Click HERE to view the Motion by Supervisor Antonovich incorporating the additional requests by the Agua Dulce Town Council.

Click HERE to view the Statement of Proceedings of May 22, 2012 relating to the update.

Click HERE to Download Current Draft Ordinance

Click HERE to see all Project materials available on Los Angeles County Regional Planning website.

General description of proposal:

Project No. R2010-00446-(5) to update the current Agua Dulce Community Standards District, which is intended to help preserve the community character by addressing minimum lot size, residential and commercial development standards, street improvements, public trails, signage, the allowance of cargo shipping containers, the expansion of allowable home-based occupations, an increase in the number of dogs, and significant ridgeline and hillside management protection. 

Special "THANKS" to CSD Revision Committee:

Co-chaired by Lorene Cangiano and Mary Johnson, with Lillian Smith, Rosie Heffley, Gary Hebdon, and Tana Lampton.  Former co-chairs:  Donna Saufley and Susan Tarr.