A citizens group that hopes to put a growth-control initiative on the ballot in Santa Clarita released a statement Monday saying the measure would allow only 475 new housing units to be built in the city a year.
Such a cap would be below present building trends in the city.
Since Santa Clarita incorporated three years ago, the City Council has approved 1,717 houses, apartments and condominiums, roughly 572 units a year, according to a recent city report. The council also approved 429 other residential units during that time, but those projects had already received preliminary approval from Los Angeles County, the report said.
The press release announcing the proposed building cap was accidentally issued two days early by members of the Citizen's Assn. for a Responsible Residential Initiative on Growth, or CARRING. The group had planned to release a draft of the slow-growth initiative Wednesday.
John Drew, chairman of the group, would not confirm or deny the information in the press release and said the group would discuss the initiative Wednesday. Drew would only say that the figure of 475 housing units was not official.