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Friday, March 18, 2011

Land Deals for L.A. Mountain Parks in March 2011....

1000 Acre Addition to South side of Vazquez Rocks park funded by L.A. Mountain Park agency

(click on maps to enlarge--THE LAND BEING SAVED IS IN THE RED BORDER)
This purchase is part of the creation of a circle of parks around the City of Santa Clarita, best known as the home to the Magic Mountain amusement park, which has been filling up with tract housing since the 1970's and has threatened to become just another part of L.A.'s sprawl.

This 1000 acre purchase will also help complete the link for the park connection between the two halves of the Angeles National Forest.

From the 3/2/2011 MRCA agenda: Consideration of resolution requesting that the Los Angeles County Regional Park and Open Space District add 1,017.47 acres, to Project Agreement 58A1-09-2202, augmenting said Project Agreement to increase grant amount, and authorizing acquisition of said parcels, Soledad Canyon area, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Map] [Resolution] [Staff Report]

Background: Rio Dulce is a 1,017 acre holding of 20 lots, located east of Agua Dulce Road south of State Route 14. Staff participated in a Bay Area auction to purchase the parcels in 2007. MRCA was outbid and the parcels were purchased by Nominn, LLC. The situation has changed and now both the Riverside Land Conservancy (RLC) and the City of Santa Clarita are negotiating with Nominn, LLC to acquire the parcels. MRCA would be the likely fee owner. RLC is the lead agency on the acquisition. They are working on a package to acquire the Nominn parcels plus 1,100 adjacent acres in Agua Dulce Canyon.

To date, the MRCA used the subject Proposition A 5th Supervisorial District Excess Funds to acquire nine parcels totaling 82.71 acres. Four additional parcels, known as the Agua Dulce Rodda parcels, were subsequently added to the grant list by a separate action. These were purchased by the City of Santa Clarita with grant funds the San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy. This purchase would solve major legal access issues in the area. MRCA ownership of the Nominn parcels would finally allow legal access to the existing homes presently adjacent to these properties in Long Canyon without growth inducing impacts.

MORE INFO: (12 megabyte file)
http://www.santaclaritaopenspace.com/_pdf/scimpstgy_rpt_final.pdf.
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MORE HIGHLIGHTS:
--Mulholland Drive--0.2 acres in L.A. City
--Newhall Pass--6.6 acre purchase

--Malibu City trail system
--Topanga Canyon--0.2 acre purchase
--Zuma Canyon trail
--Mulholland Drive/405 Freeway bridge replacement
--Las Virgenes canyon trail south of 101 Freeway
--Ahmanson Ranch

3/2/2011 MRCA--Consideration of resolution authorizing acceptance of the offers to dedicate scenic easements and/or open space easements associated with Coastal Development Permit No. 5-90-103A (Solar Systems, Inc.), incorporated and unincorporated Malibu. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Map 1] [Map 2] [Map 3] [Map 4] [Map 5]

3/2/2011 MRCA--Consideration of resolution authorizing acceptance of conservation easements over portions of APNs 2275-028-005, 006 and 007 (approximately 0.20 acres) for wildlife movement purposes, 14501 Mulholland Drive, City of Los Angeles. [Map] [Staff Report] [Resolution]

3/2/2011 MRCA--Consideration of resolution amending MRCA Resolution No. 10-36 to authorize the use of In-Lieu Fee Mitigation funds for the acquisition of 6.6 acres known as APN 2826-025-007 in Los Angeles County Chapter 8 Agreement 2664, Newhall Pass, Santa Clarita. [Map] [Attachment] [Resolution] [Staff Report]

2/28/2011 SMMC--Consideration of resolution authorizing a comment letter to City of Malibu on Draft Updated Parkland and Trails System Map. [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] [Attachment 4] [Comment Letter] [Attachment 5_HL] [Comment Letter] [Attachment 6]

2/28/2011 SMMC--Consideration of resolution authorizing a comment letter to the City of Malibu on Coastal Development Permit Application No. 10-010, regarding an easement for the City-designated Rosemary-Thyme Trail, Zuma Canyon, City of Malibu. [Resolution] [Attachment] [Attachment 2] [Map] [Comment Letter]

2/28/2011 SMMC--Consideration of resolution confirming a comment letter to Caltrans regarding Mulholland Drive bridge realignment, Sepulveda Pass. [Staff Report] [Comment Letter] [Resolution] [Map] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Attachment 3] [Attachment 4] [Attachment 5] [Attachment 6]

2/28/2011 SMMC--Consideration of resolution authorizing the Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority to use the Coastal Habitat Impact Mitigation Fund for acquisition of 0.2 acres known as apn 4444-023-010, Topanga Canyon, unincorporated Los Angeles County. [Map] [Staff Report] [Resolution]

2/28/2011 SMMC--Consideration of resolution authorizing assignment of right to apply for Los Angeles County 3rd Supervisorial District Proposition A Excess Funds to the Los Angeles County Department of Parks and Recreation for the implementation of the Las Virgenes Trail, Malibu Canyon watershed, City of Calabasas. [Staff Report] [Resolution]
The connector trail will be built on a Los Angeles County Flood Control District easement in both incorporated and unincorporated land. The connector trail will begin south of Agoura Road and run under
the 101 Freeway to the 190 acres east of Las Virgenes Road that was recently acquired by the
Mountains Recreation and Conservation Authority.

2/28/2011 SMMC--Consideration of resolution authorizing acceptance of Irrevocable Offer to Dedicate Property in Fee Title recorded June 20, 2006 to 2650 acres commonly known as Upper Las Virgenes Canyon Open Space, unincorporated Ventura County. [Staff Report] [Resolution] [Attachment 1] [Attachment 2] [Map]

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