The Sulfur Springs Union School District Board of Directors opposed construction of the Sand Canyon Hotel and Resort in the Sand Canyon neighborhood of Santa Clarita last Wednesday.
On June 23, the Sulfur Springs Union School District Board of Directors approved a resolution opposing the construction of the Sand Canyon Hotel and Resort, aligning itself with many disgruntled residents in the area, according to the Sand Canyon Homeowners Association (SCHOA).
“We are thrilled that the school district is doing this because they are very credible,” said Ruthann Levison, chairman of the board of directors of the SCHOA. “Of course, they are very concerned about how the traffic in Lost Canyon might affect children. “
The board listed fire evacuation issues, traffic issues, a disruption to Sand Canyon’s “rural way of life” and a violation of the Sand Canyon Special Standard District, which aims to preserve the character of Sand Canyon, as reasons they are against building.
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The board has decided to oppose the Sand Canyon Resort and Hotel project and oppose the rezoning of 300 acres of space open to community commerce, officials said.
The proposed complex has been a point of contention for some residents of Sand Canyon, represented by SCHOA, who cite safety concerns and the precedent that rezoning the area could set.
Construction of the complex is expected to result in lane closures on main roads in Sand Canyon, making fire evacuation particularly difficult for people living in the semi-rural community, residents have said at previous meetings of the planning commission.
The zoning requirements currently in place preserve much of the Sand Canyon land as open space, including the land on which the resort would be built.
This open space has been promised to residents of Sand Canyon “in perpetuity,” officials said.
The new construction threatens to override the open space concession, turning part of the space into a commercial area.
“It’s a wake-up call for the rest of the entire Santa Clarita Valley,” Levinson said. “The whole valley has an open space and if it can be taken away by a developer, they are blowing our eyes.”
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