LAFCo could remove Adams, Fagan from Santa Paula’s sphere of influence
By Peggy Kelly
Santa Paula News
Published: December 14, 2012
At Monday’s meeting the City Council will consider an appeal from a developer for the Santa Paula Housing Authority whose project was rejected by the Planning Commission, and consider a report from LAFCO that could remove Adams Canyon and Fagan Canyon from the city’s sphere of influence.
The meeting will be held December 17 at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall Council Chambers. The session will be broadcast live on Time Warner Cable Channel 10 and replayed per schedule. The meeting will also be live-streamed on the city’s website and archived for viewing on demand.
There are few items of business on Monday’s agenda, but one that is sure to cause discussion by the council and the public is the move by LAFCO - which governs land use and shifts in authority of same - to potentially remove all or part of Adams Canyon and Fagan Canyon from Santa Paula’s sphere of influence.
According to the staff report, LAFCO recently informed the city that, prompted by requirements imposed on them by the state, the agency is studying greatly reducing or removing entirely the two canyon areas from the city’s sphere of influence. Hearings are being scheduled to consider such action, which would greatly reduce or eliminate the city’s chances of bringing development to the canyons.
In other business the council will also beginning negotiations with neighboring Fillmore and the county to provide public transportation, both within the cities and on Highway 126 to Ventura.
The Santa Paula Housing Authority wants to construct six apartments on East Santa Barbara Street for low-income seniors, but the Planning Commission rejected the plans. The issue is now coming to the council for appeal.
City Hall is located at 970 E. Ventura Street.