County approves Barger’s effort to preserve Hidden Creek property near Aliso Canyon as open space

LOS ANGELES COUNTY- The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved an initiative by Supervisor Kathryn Barger that directs the County’s Chief Executive Officer and Parks and Recreation Department to join ongoing discussions to preserve the Hidden Creek property as permanent open space.

“We have a great opportunity to set aside this site for recreation, wildlife, and the environment,” Supervisor Barger said. “I have worked with the city and neighborhood groups to preserve this land near the Aliso Canyon facility for the benefit of the community, now and in the future.”

The proposed Hidden Creek housing development, located in the Northwest San Fernando Valley between Porter Ranch and Chatsworth, immediately abuts the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility.

City Council Member John S. Lee has introduced a similar measure with the Los Angeles City Council. “Preserving the Hidden Creek property is a mutual goal for the County and the City,” Lee said. “We have to balance our housing demands with the needs of maintaining a positive quality of living for our existing constituents.”

The Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy, through the Mountain Recreation Conservation Authority, has been the lead agency in discussions with the developer.

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