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One Valley One Vision (OVOV) FAQ

Why am I getting this notice?

The Los Angeles County Department of Regional Planning is in the process of updating the Santa Clarita Valley Area Plan. This Plan governs the use of land in the unincorporated areas of the Santa Clarita Valley, designating each parcel for a type of use (residential, commercial, industrial, etc.) and the intensity of development allowed (dwelling units per acre, Floor Area Ratio, etc.). The Plan also includes goals and policies to guide decision makers in evaluating proposed developments that require approvals in the future. In order to be sure that all property owners are informed of changes in the plan, we have mailed a legal notice for every parcel (over 30,000), and published notice in The Signal Newspaper.

Why is the Plan being changed?

The Santa Clarita Valley Area Plan was last updated in 1990, with a horizon year of 2010, which is rapidly approaching. The Valley has changed quite a bit in 20 years, so it was time to revise the vision for its future in partnership with the City of Santa Clarita. The Draft Plan update addresses many new issues and includes revised maps, demographic data, and technical information.

Do the changes affect my property?

Please look for the part of your notice which shows your Parcel Number and Land Use Change. The codes in bold print show any changes proposed to the Land Use category and Zoning category for your property. Find the meaning of these designations in the charts below. In many cases, the Land Use designations are new, but they are similar to designations in the current Plan. If your existing category matches the new category in the table, then no major change is planned for your property.

You can look up your property, surrounding parcels, or any parcel in the planning area using our online mapping tool, OVOV-NET, which also includes aerial photos and all kinds of other data.

Land Use and Zoning – what do the designations mean?

OVOV Sample LU Codes


For explanation of zoning codes, look here:

What happens now?

The first public hearing before the county Regional Planning Commission (RPC) is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on October 5, 2009, at the Castaic Sports Complex. Regional Planning staff will make a presentation, and the Commission will hear testimony from anyone who wishes to speak. After the hearing, staff will make any necessary changes to the Plan and Environmental Impact Report (EIR). If and when the Regional Planning Commission approves the plan, the Board of Supervisors will consider it at its own public hearing, typically three to 6 months after RPC approval.

Can I see the Draft Plan and Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR)?

We encourage anyone interested to look at the drafts. Before the hearing, the Draft Plan and DEIR are available for review on the Regional Planning website, and at four County libraries in the Santa Clarita area:
Canyon Country Jo Anne Darcy Library
18601 Soledad Canyon Road
Santa Clarita, California 91351

Castaic Library
27971 Sloan Canyon Road
Castaic, CA 91384

Newhall Library
22704 W. 9th Street
Newhall, California 91321

Valencia Library
23743 W. Valencia Boulevard
Santa Clarita, California 91355

What is Floor Area Ratio?

Floor Area Ratio (FAR) is a way of regulating the size of a building that can be built on a property. The ratio is the total area of the building’s floor space (including all stories), divided by the area of the lot. The FAR is expressed as a number like 0.5, 1.0, 2.0, etc.

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