Santa Clarita Valley History In Pictures

Map of Major Subdivisions Planned
in the Santa Clarita Valley.

Webmaster's Note.

Most of the development projects that were on the books as of February 1, 1988, came to pass. A few went the other direction, becoming permanent open space. Nonetheless, the valley's population increased as anticipated from 122,000 in 1988 to approximately 270,000 in 2010. (A population of 300,000 was expected if all projects were built, but only an 88-percent completion rate was expected.)

The city of Santa Clarita came into existence about this same time (December 1987). As noted in the text, the Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCO) for Los Angeles County omitted most of the not-yet-developed areas from the city boundaries, such as Stevenson Ranch on the west and Fair Oaks Ranch on the east, so the nascent city would have no say in whether they were built. By election day (November 3, 1987), most major developers such as The Newhall Land and Farming Company were officially neutral on the question of city formation because most of their raw land had already been carved out.


• Subdivisions shown on the map were tiled with the Regional Planning Department before Feb. 1, 1988. Also outlined are commercial and industrial subdivisions over 25 acres. The map does not include those projects already under construction or those tiled after Feb. 1.

• The SCV currently has approximately 38,000 dwelling units. These existing homes — when added to those pending, approved and recorded — add up to more than 100.000 housing units.

• It the projects pending today are all built, the SCV population will grow by two and a half times — from 122,000 today to more than 300.000 by 2010. In the past, 88 percent ot SCV developments submitted were ultimately built.

• The map includes 43 developments that deviate at least in part from the county's general plan, its land-use blueprint. Of these, 41 are pending and two have been approved. Nine ot the "plan amendment" cases lie within the city and will be decided by its planning commission.

• It is notable that the most of the large pending projects lie outside the Santa Clarita city limits, and that in some cases the city limits have been indented to accommodate those projects. That dramatically illustrates how the county-dominated Local Agency Formation Commission bowed to the wishes ot developers in shrinking city boundaries.

Designed by Randy Wicks / Compiled by Greg Warnagieris / Grapic artist: Susan Olson.

TN8802: Download original scan here. Donated by Tony Newhall. Photo file.
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