Diana Kitching, Dept. of City Planning
Environmental Analysis Section
200 N. Spring Street, Room 750
Los Angeles, CA 90012
November 12, 2015
I am writing in response to the Notice Of Preparation, ENV-2015-2534-EIR, for the Abode at Glassell Park project. This project is proposed for development in the open space known as Walnut Canyon. I am a member of the Glassell Park Improvement Association and my comments reflect my deep concerns about the significant impacts that this project will have on Walnut Canyon, the Glassell Park area and local communities.
- It is crucial that the EIR does an extensive study of how traffic will be affected by this development. All nearby streets that lead to this development are narrow hillside streets that are already strained to capacity with the traffic they carry. There is a single intersection - Cazador St. & Division St. – that will carry the vast majority of traffic to and from the Abode development
- The impact on all wildlife must be studied. The area of the proposed project is crucial habitat for coyotes, skunks, raccoons, bobcats, opposums and birds and other animals.
- There are groves of native protected California Black Walnut trees on the Abode property. The EIR must recognize the importance of these trees as a rare and diminishing native plant species unique to Southern California, and the importance of sparing them from removal during development. The EIR must emphasize that the developers do not harm the roots or any other part of of these trees when developing this property.
- The EIR must address the aesthetic impacts of these homes. Their design must reflect and maintain the unique character of the surrounding neighborhood.
- The noise of construction and construction equipment that will occur over the entire course of development process must be addressed.
I thank you for incorporating my comments and concerns into this NOP and any future iterations of the EIR.
Member, Glassell Park Improvement Association