Agua Dulce Community Standards Revision Gets Final Approval
Mar 4th, 2014
The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a revision to the Agua Dulce Community Standards District, part of the county’s Title 22 - Planning and Zoning of the Los Angeles County Code. read more
Director of Environmental Health to attend Feb 12 meeting
Feb 9th, 2014
At the regular February 12th Agua Dulce Town Council meeting, Angelo Bellomo, Los Angeles County Director of Environmental Health will provide an update on well permitting, approvals, yields, etc. read more
New start time for Administrative Meeting
Dec 2nd, 2013
Starting at the December 2013 Agua Dulce Town Council meeting, the Administrative Meeting time will be changed from a start time of 6:00 PM to a new start time of 6:30 PM. The Community Meeting will start at 7:00 PM. Both meetings are open to the public. read more
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.
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: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
The next meeting of the Agua Dulce Town Council will be held Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at the Agua Dulce Women's Club at 33201 Agua Dulce Canyon Rd, Agua Dulce. 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.
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.
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.
NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING: Proposed General Plan Update
The Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission will conduct a public hearing to consider the proposed General Plan Update (General Plan) for the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. The General Plan is comprehensive in scope, and it is expected that the Commission will continue this hearing over multiple future hearing dates. At this hearing, and any continued hearing, the public will have an opportunity to testify and submit written comments, or written comments may be directed to the Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning, General Plan Development and Housing Section. If the final decision of the General Plan is challenged in court, testimony may be limited to issues raised before or at the public hearing, or any continuation thereof.
Hearing Date and Time: February 26, 2014 at 9:00 a.m.
Hearing Location: 320 West Temple Street, Hall of Records, Room 150, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Project Number: 02-305-(1-5)
Project Location: Countywide (unincorporated areas)
Project Description: Comprehensive update of Los Angeles County General Plan
Case Materials available online at: http://planning.lacounty.gov/generalplan/
DARRELL READMOND MEMORIAL DEDICATION AT VASQUEZ ROCKS
November 20, 2013: Darrell Readmond (1932-2005), former Agua Dulce Town Council member (1993-94, 1999-2004) and trails preservation activist was honored at a fitting memorial near the Darrell Readmond Trail at Vasquez Rocks. The unique multi-faceted memorial consists of a decorative hitching post, a memorial placard, and bronzed prints of his boots along with bronzed hoof prints of his faithful horse, Denny. For those of us lucky enough to have crossed paths with Darrell, we have all been touched with his passion and commitment to the rural and equestrian lifestyle. For those who never met Darrell, the memorial provides an opportunity to cross the path he and his horse took in blazing trails and protecting trails for the future.
AGUA DULCE TOWN COUNCIL ELECTION RESULTS:
53 Votes Cast
2 Provisional Votes Cast
0 Absentee Votes Cast
Steve Cummings 41
Troy Fosberg 38
Mary Johnson 42
Lou Vince 38
The above 4 candidates will be installed at the December 11, 2013 Town Council meeting. Thank you to all that participated in the vote.
Proposed Update to the Housing Element of the General Plan Notice of Public Hearing by Board of Supervisors. The proposed revision is a periodic update to the County’s existing Housing Element to address the changing housing needs of the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County. Documents are available for review at http://planning.lacounty.gov/housing Public Hearing is December 3, 2013, 9:30 AM, Room 381B, Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, 500 West Temple St, Los Angeles, CA. Written comments can be sent to: Zoning Section, Executive Office fo the Board of Supervisors, Room 383, Kenneth Hahn Hall of Administration, Los Angeles, CA 90012. Email comments to: PublicHealth@bos.lacounty.gov
LA COUNTY GENERAL PLAN UPDATE
October 2013 Revised Draft General Plan is available at: http://planning.lacounty.gov/generalplan and at all Los Angeles County libraries. The General Plan will guide development in the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County through the year 2035.
AGUA DULCE TOWN COUNCIL ELECTION 2013
November 5, 2013 Election Day for Agua Dulce Town Council
4 seats will be open - the Council Members whose terms are ending in December are Mary Johnson, Lou Vince, Troy Fosberg, and Matt Wooten. According to Election Committee Chair, Lorna Leslie, all incumbents have declared they will be running for office again.
UPDATE: October 3, 2013: Election Committee has indicated there are four (4) verified candidates for four (4) open seats. Lou Vince, Troy Fosberg, Steve Cummings, and Mary Johnson.
Click HERE to download a Candidate Application
September 21: Deadline for candidate application, last day for withdrawl of any candidate, notice of insufficient applicants if necessary, polling places publicized if known.
September 26: Verification of Candidates
October 22: Last day for receipt of absentee ballot application. Click HERE to download absentee ballot application
November 5: Election Day
Candidates Forum: TBD
Agua Dulce Town Council Election Committee: Chairperson: Lorna Leslie, Secretary: Judy Bartlett, Treasurer: Annette Fortuna, Members: Lianne Swanson, Rosie Heffley, Floricita Alvarez-Galoosian
Any questions please contact Election Committee Chairperson: Lorna Leslie at email@example.com
THIS JUST IN FROM LA COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF ANIMAL CARE AND CONTROL:
The County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control will host a community meeting to discuss the upcoming proposed horse care ordinance that will go before the Board of Supervisors in November. They plan to host four meetings around the County. The details of the Santa Clarita/Newhall meeting are below:
Date: Tuesday, October 1, 2013
Time: 6:00 PM
Location: William S. Hart Regional Park-Hart Hall
Address: 24151 Newhall Avenue, Newhall, CA 91321
*Please be advised—Newhall Avenue between the main gate and exit gate near Market Street is closed because the City of Santa Clarita is planning a round-about that will not be finished until the end of the year. There is a slight detour if people are planning to come to the Park from the Market St. side.
You can view the proposed ordinance online at: www.animalcare.lacounty.gov –the proposed ordinance is posted on the homepage.
Please pass along this information to anyone you think may be interested in attending.
Evelina Villa, County of Los Angeles Department of Animal Care and Control, 5898 Cherry Ave., Long Beach, CA 90805 562-256-1364: Direct line
THIS JUST IN FROM LA COUNTY DEPT OF REGIONAL PLANNING: LOS ANGELES COUNTY GENERAL PLAN UPDATE:
REVISED NOTICE OF PREPARATION OF A DRAFT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT
REPORT AND NOTICE OF PUBLIC SCOPING MEETING
PROJECT INFORMATION: The project is a comprehensive update of the Los Angeles County General Plan. The project includes goals, policies, implementation programs and ordinances. The project covers the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County and accommodates new housing and employment opportunities in anticipation of population growth in the County and the region. The General Plan Update focuses growth in the unincorporated areas with access to services and infrastructure and reduces the potential for growth in the County’s environmentally sensitive and hazardous areas. The project will replace the adopted General Plan. For a comprehensive project description and additional information on the General Plan Update, please visit http://planning.lacounty.gov/generalplan, or contact the General Plan Development and Housing Section at (213) 974-6417 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
NOTICE OF PREPARATION: A Revised NOP for the EIR, which describes the project and outlines the potential environmental impacts, has been prepared. The Revised NOP will be available for review from June 28, 2013 to July 29, 2013 on the Department’s website at http://planning.lacounty.gov/generalplan/ceqa. Hardcopies will be available at the Department’s main office and field office locations listed at the following link: http://planning.lacounty.gov/locations; all County libraries; Calabasas Library located at 200 Civic Center Way, Calabasas, CA 91302; and Altadena Library (Main Library) located at 600 East Mariposa Street, Altadena, CA 91001.
The Department is seeking input from both agencies and members of the public on the scope and content of the environmental information and analysis to be contained in the EIR. Any correspondence related to the General Plan Update received as part of the first NOP does not have to be resubmitted; it has already been incorporated as part of the environmental review process for the project. Due to the time limits mandated by State law, written comments must be sent via mail, e-mail, or fax no later than 5:00 PM on Monday, July 29, 2013. Please send your comments at the earliest possible date to:
Connie Chung, AICP
Supervising Regional Planner
Los Angeles County
Department of Regional Planning
320 W. Temple Street, Room 1356
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Fax: (213) 626-0434
PUBLIC SCOPING MEETING: Pursuant to the California Public Resources Code Section 21803.9, Los Angeles County will conduct a public scoping meeting. This meeting will provide a public forum for information dissemination and dialogue regarding the components of the proposed project, the overall process, and the draft EIR. While staff will summarize the issues raised at these meetings, anyone wishing to make formal comments on the NOP must do so in writing. The public scoping meeting will be held at the time and location listed below:
Date: July 11, 2013
Time: 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Location: Los Angeles County
Department of Regional Planning
320 W. Temple Street, Room 150
Los Angeles, CA 90012
The scoping meeting will also be streamed live at the following link:
http://streaming.planning.lacounty.gov/meeting. Afterward, the recorded presentation and meeting will also be posted at the following link: http://planning.lacounty.gov/generalplan/ceqa.
Click HERE to go to Regional Planning website for details
THIS JUST IN FROM US FOREST SERVICE: BARREN RIDGE RENEWABLE TRANSMISSION PROJECT (BRRTP)
The Forest Supervisor of the Angeles National Forest has signed a Record of Decision (ROD) for the Barren Ridge Renewable Transmission Project (BRRTP). The ROD will allow the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to construct 13 miles of powerlines, and upgrade an additional 17 miles. The selected route is the San Francisquito Canyon utility corridor. Please click on the project link to see the ROD and a legal notice. The Final Environmental Impact Statement is available at: http://www.ladwp.com/ladwp/cms/ladwp009508.jsp. This decision is subject to administrative review (appeal) pursuant to 36 CFR Part 215. Only that portion of the project affecting National Forest System lands is subject to appeals. Appeals may be filed for 45 days starting June 29, the day after publication of a legal notice in the LA Times. See the ROD and legal notice for more information on filing an appeal.
Click HERE to go to US Forest Service website for details
Community Climate Action Plan (CCAP)
About climate change and AB 32
Over the past 50 years, changes in the global climate, such as temperature increases and sea level rise, have accelerated. There is strong consensus amongst most of the scientific community that these changes are the probable result of man-made greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Changing climatic conditions as a consequence of excess GHGs in the atmosphere may cause unique impacts on California and Los Angeles County, including higher energy bills, increases in the number of extreme heat days, and sea level rise.
In 2006, California adopted Assembly Bill (AB) 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act, as an effort to address the effects of climate change. AB 32 establishes a statewide goal to achieve 1990 GHG emissions levels by 2020. The AB 32 Scoping Plan suggests a unique role for local governments and communities in helping achieve statewide GHG reduction goals.
Overview of the CCAP
Climate action plans include an inventory of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and measures for reducing future emissions to achieve a specific reduction target. Los Angeles County is currently preparing a CCAP to mitigate and avoid GHG emissions associated with community activities in unincorporated Los Angeles County. The CCAP will address emissions from building energy, land use and transportation, water consumption, and waste generation. The measures and actions outlined in the CCAP will tie together the County’s existing climate change initiatives and provide a blueprint for a more sustainable future. Ultimately, the CCAP and associated GHG reduction measures will be incorporated into the Air Quality Element of the Los Angeles County General Plan 2035.
Purpose of the CCAP
The CCAP will identify emissions related to community activities, establish a greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction target consistent with AB 32 and provide a roadmap for successfully implementing GHG reduction measures selected by the County. Importantly, the CCAP will recognize the County’s leadership and role in contributing to statewide GHG emissions reductions. Actions undertaken as part of the CCAP will also result in important community co-benefits including improved air quality, energy savings, and increased mobility, as well as will enhance the resiliency of the community in the face of changing climatic conditions.
Click HERE to go to LA County Regional Planning website for details
HIGH DESERT CORRIDOR
The High Desert Corridor (HDC) project is considering construction of a new multi-mod al link between State Route (SR)-14 in Los Angeles County and SR-18 in San Bernardino County. This project would connect some of the fastest growing residential, commercial and industrial areas in Southern California, including the cities of Palmdale, Lancaster, Adelanto, Victorville and the Town of Apple Valley. While recent economic conditions have slowed growth throughout California, projections show that there will be significant growth in the HDC area again in the future.
In anticipation of this future growth, combined with existing congestion on east/west corridors such as I-210, I-10, SR-60 and SR-138, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) partner agencies initiated the HDC Environmental Impact Statement/Report (EIS/EIR) in September 2010. The purpose of this environmental effort is to study alternatives for improving traffic congestion, goods transportation, and air quality in the region.
Goals of the project include:
- Address current and future regional growth
- Improve east-west mobility
- Enhance safety
- Improved connections between regional airports and efficient movement of goods
Click HERE to go to the METRO website for details
- Don Henry: 85 Votes
- Ed Porter: 74 Votes
- Scott Keller: 62 Votes
- Andrew Kapnek: 34 Votes
The top 3 vote getters will be installed at the March 13th meeting.
Thank you to ALL candidates!
And thank you to the Election Committee and volunteer poll workers for handling the election process.
UNITED STATES FOREST SERVICE RELEASES "DRAFT SUPPLEMENTAL ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT STATEMENT (SEIS), SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA NATIONAL FORESTS LAND MANAGEMENT PLAN (LMP) AMENDMENT
The proposed amendment affects Angeles, Cleveland, Los Pdres, and San Bernardino National Forests.
The proposed amendment would revise land use zone allocations for select Inventoried Roadless Areas within the four forests and amend LMP monitoring protocols. The Draft SEIS considers alternatives for the land use zone allocations and monitoring, as well as the No Action alternative. The Draft SEIS is available for review and comment on the project website at: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/fs-usda-pop.php?project=35130 The comment period will close on May 16, 2013. Comments may be filed through the project website at: http://www.fs.fed.us/nepa/fs-usda-pop.php?project=35130 , or sent via e-mail to: email@example.com. Send written comments to the Cleveland National Forest, 10845 Rancho Bernardo Road, Suite 200, San Diego, CA 92127-2107, ATTN: LMP Amendment.
The Forest Service will be hosting multiple open house meetings during the comment period. The meeting time and location for our area is: March 28, 2013, 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM, Santa Clara Mojave Rivers Ranger District Office, 33708 Crown Valley Road, Acton, CA 93510
Click HERE to view the Notice.
Angeles National Forest (ANF) seeks public comment on off-highway vehicle grant application: Angeles National Forest officials submitted grant application to the State of California Off-highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division for 2012/2013 grant funding cycle. To view the application, go to the State of California Off-Highway website: www.ohv.parks.ca.gov. For more information and for those without internet access, contact the Angeles National Forest’s Santa Clara/Mojave Rivers Ranger District Office at (661) 269-2808 ext 229. The public review and comment period starts on March 5, 2013 and comments must be received by Monday, April 1, 2013. Submit electronic email comments to the State OHMVR Division at www.ohv.parks.ca.gov AND to the ANF at firstname.lastname@example.org. Submit comments by USPS to BOTH California Dept of Parks and Recreation, Off-Highway Motor Vehicle Recreation Division, Attn: Grants Unit, 1725 23rd St, Ste 200, Sacramento, CA 95816-7100 AND USDA Forest Service, Angeles National Forest SCMRRD, Attn: Ray Kidd, 33708 Crown Valley Rd, Acton, CA 93510.
Click HERE to view the Notice
NOTICE OF SPECIAL ELECTION--FEBRUARY 11, 2013
Due to insufficient candidates for the November 2012 election, a special election has been called.
Three Vacant Seats:
There are four Candidates:
- Andrew Kapnek
- Scott Keller
- Don Henry (Incumbent)
- Ed Porter (Incumbent)
CANDIDATE FORUM: Sunday, February 10, 2013 at 3:00 PM at Agua Dulce Women's Club. Meet and hear the candidates.
There are 3 open seats on the Agua Dulce Town Council with terms expiring December 2014. Special election will be Monday, February 11, 2013. Voting will be at the Agua Dulce Women's Club, 33201 Agua Dulce Canyon Road, Agua Dulce, from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
Voting will be from 8:00 AM to 8:00 PM on February 11, 2013 with counting of ballots immediately following the closing of polls.
Top 3 candidates will be announced at the February 13, 2013 Agua Dulce Town Council Meeting and installed at the March 13, 2013 meeting.
Eligibility requirements are listed on the Candidate Application
- Click HERE to view Notice of Election
- Click HERE to view Timeline
- Click HERE to view Candidate Application
- Click HERE to view Absentee Ballot Application
- Click HERE to view Candidate Forum Details
See Details on Election Committee Page: Click HERE to Go directly to that page
COMMUNITY FUNDRAISER WEEKEND: September 22 and 23
Agua Dulce hits the streets and the air above with Community Fundraisers!
Country Fair is Saturday, September 22. Starts with the parade through town starting at 4:00 PM. The Country Fair follows at 5:00 PM at the Women's Club. Live music, food, vendors, games, chili cook-off, beer garden, cigar lounge, cake walk, and much more. Join your friends and neighbors to have some good old-fashioned "country fun" at the Country Fair!
Community Fundraiser at Agua Dulce Airport, Sunday, September 23, 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Helicoptor and Airplane rides, PLUS; BBQ lunch, kids bouncer, ice cream and popcorn, craft table for kids, raffle baskets and more. Sponsored by Agua Dulce Airport Association. Hosted by Wayne and Connie Spears. Spend the day with our local pilots and airport volunteers as they take to the skies and provide a fun safe day at the airport!
A GREAT weekend benefitting the local community. Hope to see you at both events!
Congressman McKeon makes a surprise visit to the Agua Dulce Town Council August 8, 2012 meeting
Lou Vince, Scott Griffin, Congressman McKeon, Matt Wooten, Mary Johnson, Troy Fosberg, Don Henry
SIERRA HIGHWAY ROADWAY SAFETY AUDIT
If you missed the 2012 June Town Council meeting, you missed the presentation by Los Angeles County Department of Public Works and ADVANTEC Consulting Engineers about the Sierra Highway Roadway Safety Audit. Community feedback is being accepted. Please submit feedback by August 1, 2012.
Click HERE to view the Power Point Presentation
Click HERE to view and download the Community Feedback Form
Comments can be sent to:
Guillermo Gonzalez, PE, TE
Traffic and Lighting Division
Department of Public Works County of Los Angeles
1000 South Fremont Avenue
Alhambra, CA 91803
Phone: (626) 300‐4782
Edward Miller, Jr., PE, TE
ADVANTEC Consulting Engineers
21700 Copley Drive, Suit 350
Diamond Bar, CA 91765
Phone: (909) 860‐6222
!!!!! 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.
This just in from LA County Department of Regional Planning:
A Revised Draft of the General Plan Update, including all maps and figures, is available HERE and at all Los Angeles County Public Libraries.
The General Plan anticipates growth and will guide development in the unicorporated areas of Los Angeles County through the year 2035. Major policies include:
- Expanding Transit Oriented Districts
- Expanding Significant Ecological Areas
- Creating Employment Protection Districts
- Promoting Mixed Use
- Protecting Agricultural Resources
Questions or comments? (213) 974-6417 email@example.com
Disaster Planning Chair, Gary Hebdon, launches "Your Neighborhood Emergency P.L.A.N." This is an easy to use guide for your neigborhood to set up your individual neighborhood plan so it's in place BEFORE the disaster strikes.
Click HERE to view and download "Your Neighborhood Emergency P.L.A.N."
Click HERE to visit the Agua Dulce Disaster Planning website.
Issues of Interest to Agua Dulce:
June 6, 2012: This just in from the State Water Resources Control Board.
POLICY FOR SITING, DESIGN, OPERATION AND MANAGEMENT OF ONSITE WASTEWATER TREATMENT SYSTEMS (OWTS) – Septic Systems
Please be advised that the State Water Board posted minor revisions to the March 20, 2012 Final Draft Policy for Water Quality Control for Siting, Design, Operation, and Management of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (OWTS Policy), a Draft Substitute Environmental Document (SED), in addition to Responses to Comments on the March 20 draft documents, Peer Reviews, and Responses to Peer Review Comments.
The State Water Board will consider adopting the OWTS Policy and SED at a meeting on June 19, 2012. The documents referenced above and the March 20, 2012 public notice are available at: http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/
Use this link to view the notice of availability of draft documents, notice of a staff workshop, a State Water Board hearing, and an adoption meeting for a statewide draft Policy For Siting, Design, Operation And Management Of Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (OWTS) –Septic Systems and a draft Substitute Environmental Document (SED) at the locations and times provided in the attached notice.
The OWTS Policy and SED may be viewed and downloaded from the State Water Board’s website at: http://www.waterboards.ca.gov/water_issues/programs/owts/ This site has links to view the Final Draft Policy, FAQ, and a Map Tool.
Written comments must be received by 12:00 noon on Friday May 4, 2012 and addressed to:Jeanine Townsend, Clerk to the BoardState Water Resources Control Board 1001 I Street, 24th Floor Sacramento, CA 95814
Comment letters may be submitted electronically, in pdf text format (if less than 15 megabytes in total size), to the Clerk to the Board via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If the file is greater than 15 megabytes in total size, then the comment letter may be submitted by fax at (916) 341-5620. Please indicate the subject line: “Comment Letter – OWTS Policy”
This was an agenda item on the April 11, 2012 Agua Dulce Town Council Community Meeting.
February 2012: Los Angeles County Hauled Water Task Force releases Responses to Public Hearing Questions from community meetings held in June 2010. This was discussed at the March 2012 Town Council meeting
Here are the published responses from our community meetings on hauled water held June 2010. This document will be discussed at the next Agua Dulce Town Council Meeting and public comment will be taken. Please plan on attending, or submit comments in writing.
County enters into "Non-Exclusive Commercial Waste Collection Franchise" Trash Hauling/Trash Bins
Los Angeles County Public Works Department is in the process of implementing a Proposed Non-Exclusive Commercial Trash Collection Franchise System for customers that utilize dumpster/roll-off trash collection services that are within County unincorporated areas. The non-exclusive franchise system will replace the current open-market system starting July 1, 2012 to enable the Department to meet recent changes in State law and provide enhanced trash collection and recycling services. Under the system, all waste haulers will be able to continue service in unincorporated areas provided they meet minimum performance and customer service standards. Below is a copy of their FAQ and a PowerPoint on the proposal:
Rural Outdoor Lighting District Ordinance
Rural Lighting District Ordinance adopted by LA County Board of Supervisors November 12, 2013. The ordinance will take effect December 13, 2012.
Update: The Board of Supervisors hearing on the so-called "Dark Skies" ordinance has been tentatively scheduled for final approval with the Board of Supervisors in May or June of 2012. Check back here for updates.
LA County has established a Rural Outdoor Lighting District for areas of unincorporated Los Angeles County. The Ordinance establishes the District with regulations that will conserve energy and resources and promote dark skies for the enjoyment and health of humans and wildlife, while permitting reasonable uses of outdoor lighting for nighttime safety and security. The regulations include limitations on allowable light trespass, fully shielding outdoor lighting, and imposes maximum heights of fixtures. The ordinance includes requirements for street lighting in rural areas, outdoor recreation facilities and signs. The map depicts areas located within the proposed District, which includes Agua Dulce.
The final approved ordinance and other documents can be found here.
Click here for Guidelines for Good Outdoor Lighting Practices
Other Water Issues
LA County has recently passed an ordinance containing Water Conservation Requirements for the unincorporated areas of Los Angeles County, which can be found here.
Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (OWTS) aka Septic Systems
The State Water Board has created a website where you can find the most current information regarding the ongoing development of a new proposed policy on septic systems, and we have included the link here.
Planning and Zoning Issues
One Valley One Vision (OVOV)
Agua Dulce is included within the planning area for "One Valley One Vision." The Santa Clarita Valley Area Plan Update was adopted by the Board of Supervisors on November 27, 2012. The Plan Amendment and related zone changes took effect on December 27, 2012. Click HERE for the link to the Santa Clarita Valley Area Plan Update (One Valley One Vision) if you need further information.
Rim of The Valley
The National Park Service is exploring the Rim of The Valley Corridor project, which includes much of the mountains surrounding Santa Clarita Valley. They are holding preliminary scoping meetings on an ongoing basis, looking at the potential for expanding the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation area to include more than 650,000 additional acres of the mountains encircling the San Fernando, La Crescenta, Simi, Santa Clarita, and Conejo valleys. For further information regarding the project, its area, and its associated meetings, click here.
California High Speed Rail
The California High Speed Rail project has the possibility of impacting our community, and the Agua Dulce Town Council has been following its progress. Our portion of the route is being planned underground on a parellel path to the 14 Freeway. For further information, please click here.
Green Building Initiative Handbook
Los Angeles County has recently completed a handbook for Green Building. Here is a link to the County's "Green Building" guidelines.
Information on Fires and Disasters
The Disaster Planning Committee of the Town Council posts up-to-minute fire department updates on local fires, as well as preparedness information.
Here is a link: Agua Dulce Town Council Disaster Planning Committee