Recycling Market Development Zone
City of Santa Clarita
The City of Santa Clarita Recycling Market Development Zone (RMDZ) is located in Los Angeles County in the center of the 256-square-mile Santa Clarita Valley. The City of Santa Clarita is bordered by Interstate 5 on the west, the Angeles National Forest to the north, east, and south, the Los Padres Forest to the northeast, the Santa Susana Mountains to the southwest, and the San Gabriel Mountains to the southeast. The zone encompasses the commercial and industrial areas within the 42-square-mile city boundary.
The City of Santa Clarita offers fast-track permitting to facilitate business development. The Planning, Engineering, and Building Safety divisions of the city’s Department of Community Development will also provide technical assistance and guidance through the CEQA process.
The city has adopted procurement policies that include a 10 percent price preference for recycled-content products, reusable products as alternatives to disposable products, and products designed to be recycled.
The College of the Canyons Employee Training Institute provides customized training and retraining programs for employees of businesses. The city will consider one year deferral of local development fees as an incentive to retain or attract business. The city’s entitlement of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds can be made available to businesses if the resulting economic development activity meets CDBG national objectives. Southern California Edison offers reduced utility rate incentives to new customers locating businesses within the RMDZs that meet Edison’s "economic development rate" requirements.
Targeted materials identified to provide continuous feedstock include wood, plastics, high grade/mixed paper, corrugated cardboard, and yard trimmings.
Interstate 5 is the major thoroughfare connecting the City of Santa Clarita with Kern County to the north and Los Angeles County to the south. The city is connected to Antelope Valley and the City of Lancaster via rail and State Highways 14 and 175.