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Updates

Garbage Disposal Districts proposed for Agua Dulce and Acton
Jun 10th, 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 A "recirculated Negative Declaration is being circulated for a 30-day public review starting June 10, 2022 and ending July 9, 2022. 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. read more

Climate Action Plan (2045CAP) DEIR Released
May 25th, 2022
5/25/22: LA County Climate Action Plan (2045 CAP)Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) released and accepting written comments The Department of Regional Planning is continuing to work on updating the Climate Action Plan (CAP) for the unincorporated areas of the County. Initial feedback was collected in 2020 and has been incorporated into the latest draft version of the CAP update, known as the Draft 2045 CAP. The Draft 2045 CAP achieves substantial GHG emission reductions by including specific strategies, measures, and actions for years 2030 and 2035, and an aspirational goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045. Click HERE to view the project website and details of the project. read more

Sierra Highway Road Maintenance
May 27th, 2022
More in from LA County Department of Public Works: Starting June 13, 2022, Sierra Highway between Vasquez Canyon Road to approximately 1200 feet north of Davenport Road will have road maintenance. The project is expected to be completed by July 8, 2022. read more

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The Agua Dulce Town Council welcomes you.

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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 July 13, 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


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

At the May 11, 2022 Agua Dulce Town Council Meeting, there were proposed amendments to the Bylaws and Election Procedures submitted for a 30 day review.  The amendments include the following changes:

  • 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 Proposed DRAFT Amendments

The Proposed Amendments will be voted on at the June 8, 2022 regular meeting


LOCAL ROAD MAINTENANCE PROJECTS:

Escondido Canyon Road Maintenance Project

This just in from Dept of Public Works: Public Works will be performing work on Escondido Cyn Rd, to improve the roadway condition. The work will consist of milling the existing asphalt pavement 2 inches in depth and constructing 2 inches of asphalt pavement over the milled surface. The notifications are mailed out to the residences and businesses in the vicinity of the project.
This project is scheduled to begin May 23, 2022 and be completed by June 3, 2022. The working hours are between 7:00 AM and 4:30 PM, Monday to Friday. The road is expected to be partially open and traffic will be flagged with pilot car during construction.
Please make necessary arrangements for travel. Temporary "NO PARKING" signs and door hangars will be posted at least 48 hours prior to work on the road.
If you have questions, contact Juliet Mendez at (661) 947-7173 between 7 AM and 4 PM, Mon-Fri.

Sierra Highway Road Maintenance
Starting June 13, 2022, Sierra Highway between Vasquez Canyon Road to approximately 1200 feet north of Davenport Road will have road maintenance.  The project is expected to be completed by July 8, 2022.  
California High Speed Rail Update:  Palmdale to Burbank

***DEIR expected to be released May-June 2022

In early 2022, the California High-Speed Rail Authority (Authority) is planning the release, for public review and comment under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) and National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), of a Draft Environmental Impact Report/Draft Environmental Impact Statement (Draft EIR/EIS) for the Palmdale to Burbank Project Section of the California High-Speed Rail Project. Three modified build alternatives, which reduce potential impacts to sensitive aquatic resources south of Palmdale, were added to the Palmdale to Burbank Project Section. A total of six alternatives are included in the environmental review, including the three original alternatives known as Refined SR14, E1 and E2, and the three modified alternatives known as SR14A, E1A and E2A. The Preferred Alternative (PA) is now the SR14A alternative; the previous PA was the Refined SR14. The modified PA will avoid 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. All alignments south of the ANF will remain unchanged.

Staff is continuing to advance the environmental work and the Draft EIR/EIS, which will be issued for public comment in early 2022.

A link to the PowerPoint presentation associated with this topic can be found here: PowerPoint: Palmdale to Burbank Amendment to the Preferred Alternative.

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


5/25/22:  LA County Climate Action Plan (2045 CAP)Draft Program Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) released and accepting written comments

The Department of Regional Planning is continuing to work on updating the Climate Action Plan (CAP) for the unincorporated areas of the County. Initial feedback was collected in 2020 and has been incorporated into the latest draft version of the CAP update, known as the Draft 2045 CAP. The Draft 2045 CAP achieves substantial GHG emission reductions by including specific strategies, measures, and actions for years 2030 and 2035, and an aspirational goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2045.  Click HERE to view the project website and details of the project.  

The Draft Program Environmental impact Report (DEIR) can be viewed or downloaded HERE.  

The public comment period for the Draft 2045 CAP is from May 25 to July 8, 2022. Comments can be submitted via email to climate@planning.lacounty.gov by end of day July 8, 2022.


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.  

Click HERE to see the Agua Dulce Residential Project 50385 (RTG Investments) Update Power Point Presentation  from the May 11, 2022 meeting. 

Click HERE to see the Agua Dulce Residential Project 50385 (RTG Investments) Update Power Point Presentation  from the April 14, 2022 meeting. 

Click HERE to see the Agua Dulce Residential Project 50385 (RTG Investments) Update Power Point Presentation from the March 9, 2022 meeting.

Click HERE to see the Agua Dulce Residential Project 50385 (RTG Investments)  Power Point Presentation at the February 9, 2022 meeting

Click HERE to see LA County documents related to the project.



***Gardens of Paradise:  Notice of Public Hearing:  LA County Board of Supervisors:  Tuesday, July 26, 2022*** 

It’s important for the commissioners to hear from as many people as possible, even if you don’t live close.  Testify on behalf of your community and the well-being and peace of your community.  Call in and let them know that this community is not the right spot for this venue.  Supervisor Barger has spent a lot of time, money and effort on this and we want to make sure those efforts aren’t threatened if there is not a large showing of opposition. 

On July 21, 2021, the Conditional Use Permit (CUP) for Gardens of Paradise was denied again due to inactivity by the Regional Planning Commission.  This upheld the Regional Planning Hearing Officer's denial from April 20, 2021.  The applicant, Shaul Yakovi, has appealed the denial to the Board of Supervisors.  The CUP was filed in 2012 to authorize a special event facility, caretaker's residence, and related facilities.  

To submit written comments, contact Richard Claghorn via USPS at Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning, 320 W Temple St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 or via email at rclaghorn@planning.lacounty.gov.  

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



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:  gXZEJbc2


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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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.