LAFCO Grants City Limited Added Influence

From Times Staff Reports

Santa Clarita on Wednesday gained a bit more say over development outside its borders, but far less than the city had sought.

The Los Angeles County Local Agency Formation Commission approved the addition of 32 square miles of area to the city's so-called sphere of influence, largely in the Saugus area from the city's northern border to Angeles National Forest.

The commission declined, however, to include another 36 square miles outside the city where the most extensive development is underway or proposed.

A sphere of influence serves as a planning guide to determine areas that eventually could be incorporated into a city. Its purpose is to ensure that adequate services are provided in a growing region, such as schools, roads, police and fire protection and utilities.

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