Rim of the Valley Corridor Comments Due Jan. 7

The public can submit comments for the Rim of the Valley Corridor Special Resource Study that will evaluate ways to protect resources and provide recreation opportunities in mountains circling different valleys locally and beyond.

Monday is the deadline to submit comments that will be considered for the draft study report of the Rim of the Valley Corridor Special Resource Study.

The Rim of the Valley is an “area that generally includes the mountains encircling the San Fernando, La Crescenta, Santa Clarita, Simi and Conejo Valleys of Los Angeles and Ventura Counties in southern California,” according to the National Park Service.

The study, which Congress ordered the National Park Service to conduct, will evaluate the following according to the NPS:

1) whether the area is eligible for management as a new unit of the national park system

2) the potential for including portions of the study area in Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA)

3) other methods and means for the protection and interpretation of the study area by the National Park Service, other Federal, State, or local government entities or private or non-profit organizations.

Project Manager Anne Dove and Planner Margie Steigerwald sent the following public comment reminder via email Thursday:

Thank you to all who have already shared comments on the preliminary study findings and alternative concepts, either through participation at one of our public meetings or by submitting comments in writing.  We are already working on reviewing and summarizing the input received so far, and we look forward to receiving any additional ideas. 

With that in mind, we would like to remind folks that our deadline for comments is rapidly approaching.  If you've not yet had a chance to share your thoughts with us, please send us your comments by January 7, 2013. 

As a reminder, our recently published Newsletter #3 includes preliminary study findings that address whether resources of the study area are nationally significant, and whether they are suitable and feasible for inclusion in the national park system as a new park unit or as an addition to Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA). Based on these preliminary findings, four preliminary alternative concepts are also presented in the newsletter for your consideration.  We are interested in your feedback on these ideas, and we look forward to hearing from you if we have not already.

Once we receive and review comments on the preliminary study findings and alternative concepts, we will move forward in preparing a draft study report, which will be presented to the public for review and comment in 2014.  While this next formal public comment period is several months away, you are always welcome to contact us at any point during the study process.

What input do you have about the Rim of the Valley Corridor Special Resources Study?

Rico X Ludovici January 05, 2013 at 07:15 PM
The goals of the study indicate that they will propose at least TWO new layers of management: 1) NPS *and* 2) the Santa Monica MNRA. If you look carefully at the map, you will see that large amounts of private (residential, business, agricultural) land will fall under these umbrellas. What this means is that people who have not yet improved or changed the use of their land will have to get approval from EACH of the layers of administration. This is exactly the problem the Scouts had with the project at the dam: land owned by Pasadena but managed by LA County parks. If this proposal is enacted, there will be at least two more agencies to consult with. That Eagle Scout would be out of college before his project got approved. Once the SMMNRA has a say, you can forget about subdividing or changing use from open space to residential/commercial even if it is located in an appropriately zoned area. A member of my family went through exactly this experience with a 10 acre property in the mountains in far western LA County. I am an enthusiastic user of public open space. I love the Angeles National Forest; I visit National Parks; I recreate in county parks. I do not like multiple - and often conflicting - jurisdictions with dominion over the use of private land. Let them make their proposals. The time to oppose it is in 2014.


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