Santa Clarita town buys land next to Cemex mine

The city of Santa Clarita, Clifornia,  is set to consider the purchase of nearly 14 acres Tuesday, which would add land to the city’s greenbelt, reports KHTS.

The land borders the Cemex property, which is part of a controversial, long-running effort by Santa Clarita officials to keep a massive sand-and-gravel mine from the city’s eastern borders.

“This property is part of the Conservation Area Protection Plan (CAPP), which recognizes this wildlife corridor as a critical missing linkage in the Angeles National Forest,” according to the city’s agenda. The lot is located near the intersection of Agua Dulce Canyon Road and Soledad Canyon Road, according to maps provided by the city.

The purchase price of $67,520 was arrived at after the realtor contacted the city in March. The city  had previously entered in unsuccessful negotiations in 2013.

Santa Clarita officials are still awaiting word on the fate of the Cemex land, which the city owns the property, but not mineral rights to, according to Mike Murphy, intergovernmental affairs manager for the city of Santa Clarita.

Cemex would like to use the land to create a mining operation the city has ardently opposed. The state director for the Bureau of Land Management canceled Cemex’ contracts for mineral rights to the land last year, but the decision has been appealed by Cemex.

Santa Clarita officials are hoping the issue will be resolved before the end of the year, because the current administration has been amenable to the city’s position, Murphy said.

However, such decision could take up to two and a half years to determine based on previous similar rulings.

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