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Tapia Ranch Development.
Notice of Preparation & Initial Study.


The proposed Tapia Ranch project site encompasses approximately 1,167 acres of undeveloped hillside and canyon land approximately 1.5 miles southeast of the community of Castaic, and approximately one mile east of Interstate 5 (1-5) in unincorporated Los Angeles County. The project site is approximately one mile north of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department Peter J. Pitchess Detention Center. Offsite areas that would be improved in conjunction with the proposed project are located to the west of the project site and include portions of Castaic Road, Tapia Canyon Road, and the construction of a new bridge spanning Castaic Creek, as well as a small area for the roadway connection to the adjacent Tesoro del Valle project located to the east. The Angeles National Forest is approximately 1.5 miles to the north.

The project proposes to develop 405 detached single-family residential homes within the 1,167-acre site, which would result in a gross project density of 0.35 dwelling units per acre. Approximately 308.5 acres would be disturbed by grading and development of these homes and infrastructure. Of this acreage, approximately 195.4 acres would ultimately be covered by structures or other impervious cover. The remaining 113.1 acres within the grading footprint would be revegetated manufactured slopes and other landscaped areas. Therefore, a total of approximately 74 percent (858.5 acres) of the project site would be retained as landscaped or natural open space. The total open space after re-landscaping the disturbed areas would be 971.6 acres or 83 percent of the project area.

Development of the proposed project is governed by the Santa Clarita Valley Area Plan, which is a component of the Los Angeles County General Plan. The current General Plan land use designation for the site is "Non-Urban" on the Land Use Policy Map of the Countywide Land Use Element, where slopes typically exceed 25 percent. The site is designated as "Hillside Management" under the Santa Clarita Valley flea Plan. A slope density analysis was completed, and VTTM 53822 has been designed to conform to the Santa Clarita Valley Area Plan's maximum density threshold for hillside management areas, which would allow for the development of up to 405 dwelling units.

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NOP, Initial Study 2007


Water Supply 2018

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