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Sand Canyon Plaza

| Canyon Country Magazine, Sand Canyon Journal | April 8, 2017

Current view of the site

It is perhaps best known as the project replacing the mobile home units on the corner of Sand Canyon and Soledad Canyon roads.

Sand Canyon Plaza is a mixed-use project on approximately 87 acres that plans to include: 580 dwelling units (comprised of single-family and attached multi-family units); 60,000 square feet of retail (primarily restaurants situated around a water feature); and a 130-bed, 80,000-square-foot assisted living facility. According to developer Tom Clark, the project will also include three private recreation areas, commercial plaza areas, various private streets, driveways, parking and landscaped areas.

“We have had two Planning Commission public hearings, to date, with a third scheduled for May 16, 2017,” Clark said. “If approved at that meeting, the project would likely be scheduled for City Council consideration in June/July. We intend to start land development after City Council approval, if granted.

Royal Clark Development has made several changes to the project over the last two years, after considering input from the community, city staff and the Planning Commission.

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“Recent changes have included increasing the size of the commercial square footage, the provision of additional parking, and the creation of a two-acre park, which will include a pool, jacuzzi, clubhouse, BBQ, fireplace, basketball court, dog park and trails,” Clark said.

The project will connect to the existing public sewer system, and water for the project would come from Santa Clarita Water Division. Previously, the Sand Canyon Plaza development was intended to connect with the nearby Vista Canyon development for some of its water.

“Castaic Lake Water Agency will be distributing recycled water from the Vista Canyon Water Reclamation Plant,” Clark said. “Based on their engineering studies they will be using the recycled water in Vista Canyon and then off-site into Fair Oaks Ranch. They are not proposing to utilize the water at this stage to properties east of Vista Canyon such as Sand Canyon Plaza. However, we will be incorporating all of the city’s green building requirements into the project, (including) the use of drought-tolerant landscaping, low-flow fixtures and other water conservation strategies.”

To some of Canyon Country’s residents, progress seems slow, considering rumors that the lot where the mobile home park currently stands would possibly become the site of a Trader Joe’s, or that Vons would move there from its current location across the street.

Tom Clark explained some of the process involved. “Large scale development projects like Sand Canyon Plaza and Vista Canyon take time (years, not days) to develop,” he said. “Assuming City Council approval, grading and infrastructure work on Sand Canyon Plaza will take us through mid to late 2018, with vertical construction following.”

Nearby residents are hoping the presence of both developments prompts two thumbs up.

“We made a point early on to reach out to the surrounding community,” Clark said. “The feedback has been very positive. Additionally, the public outreach process has really resulted in the creation of a project that will be an asset to this part of town.”

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A professional writer for decades and the editor of multiple products from Valley Publications, Martha is in a constant search for new challenges. While maintaining her editing post for more than eight years, she also opened an antiques business and authored her first book, “Canyon Country,” by Arcadia Publishing.

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