Annexation plan suffers setback

first_imgSANTA CLARITA – The developer seeking to put a 5,800-home mini-city on a ridgeline in the Newhall Pass suffered a setback in his bid to annex the property to Los Angeles. Sandor Winger, executive officer of the county’s Local Agency Formation Commission, ruled that Palmer Investments’ proposal to join the Las Lomas property to the city of Los Angeles needs more work. “We told them, `We’re going to put it away. … When you get all the (material) together, reapply,”‘ Winger said Monday. He added that the delay is simply a procedural matter. LAFCO oversees regional annexations. Palmer Investments has challenged Winger’s move, which was contained in a Dec. 27 letter but revealed Monday. “Las Lomas has responded to LAFCO’s letters stating we have addressed the tasks LAFCO listed as incomplete and called to LAFCO’s attention errors made in that same letter that are not associated with our project,” said Hilary Norton Orozco, executive vice president of Palmer Investments, in a prepared statement. The firm has already spent five years on the Las Lomas plan. Palmer hopes to switch the project from the county’s jurisdiction to that of Los Angeles, a move neighboring Santa Clarita opposes. The project is planned on 555 acres at the junction of Interstate 5 and the Antelope Valley Freeway at a ridgeline between Los Angeles and Santa Clarita. Santa Clarita has vehemently opposed the development, saying the 5,800-home and commercial mini-city would devastate the environment and overload both freeways with traffic. Santa Clarita’s appeal of a lawsuit filed by Las Lomas Land Corp. is making its way through the courts. LAFCO has indicated it will not rule on the city’s desire to extend its sphere until the matter is resolved by the courts. [email protected] (661) 257-5255160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img