Existing equestrian uses/ A-1-20,000 Zone (Light Agricultural - 20,000 sq ft min lot size/Nonurban (R) per Countywide GP; Non Urban 1 (N1)-0.5 max dwelling units per acre per Santa Clarita Valley Area Plan.
The proposed project is a request for the establishment of an Equestrian Facility/Riding Academy on a 10.25 gross acre parcel of land. The site will be utilized for riding academy and equestrian related activities to provide developmental therapeutic programs for children with special needs, with occasional community events requiring the application and approval of Temporary Use Permits from the Department of Regional Planning. The site currently consists of several horse corrals, horse stalls, a tack room, storage shed and barns, a ranch house and garage, portable office trailers and a travel trailer used by a caretaker, several small horse arenas, and several movie set buildings but no filming is proposed. The applicant is proposing to cover the largest existing corral area on site (150' x 210'), creating a large horse arena for use during rainy weather conditions, and the arena will be open on all sides with lighting. All temporary seating for this arena shall remain outside of its footprint, no internal seating. The applicant is also proposing another small horse arena, and a parking area to accommodate up to 73 parking spaces, including 4 handicap spaces. The handicap spaces shall be paved with asphalt, while the other parking spaces and aisles shall be placed on decomposed granite. Portable toilettes shall be utilized within the floodplain zone. Access to the site shall be through Rocking Horse Road (i.e. a private road), with connection to Sierra Highway via Old Mint Canyon Road (i.e. also a private road). Grading/import of solid fill (decomposed granite) is proposed for parking lot and fire lane. A conditional use permit (CUP) is required to establish a riding academy on the site which is zoned A-1-20,000 (Light Agricultural - 20,000 square foot minimum lot size required). There are currently 12 employees for this operation, with anticipation for the number to increase to 30 to serve 00 children, at set increments at different times (i.e. never more than 100 on site at any time); and also with the anticipation for the number of horses on the property to increase from 20 to 30 maximum. Site is within the Aqua Dulce
Community Standards District (CSD).
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