Walnut Canyon can be found at the ends of Haverhill Drive, Sundown Drive and Brilliant Drive in the Glassell Park neighborhood of Los Angeles. It consists of approximately 30 hillside acres of grassland, native California walnut trees and a wide selection of other native plants and trees. It is primary habitat for a variety of wildlife species and birds.
A group of investors has filed paperwork with the city of Los Angeles to build a housing development of 32 homes in Walnut Canyon. This development will be called Abode at Glassell Park. It is the largest development that has been proposed in this area in over 25 years.
Walnut Canyon is an invaluable asset to the area. Glassell Park has many densely urbanized neighborhoods with little or no local park space. Walnut Canyon is an easily accessed large open area that gives residents, and local communities, easy access to walking, hiking, relaxing and learning about nature, and all the health benefits that these outdoor activity provides. Local community organization are working with state agencies and elected officials to try and find and secure the funding necessary to buy and preserve Walnut Canyon as pristine, undeveloped park land in perpetuity.
The Planning Department has recently created a Notice Of Preparation Of Environmental Impact Report (NOP). This document represents an early step towards development of Walnut Canyon. The public is invited to respond to the NOP via a written letter. Response letters must be received by the Planning Department by November 23, 2015.
Glassell Park Improvement Association stakeholders are encouraged to write a letter in response to the NOP. This is your opportunity to express your concerns about the impacts that a housing development will have on Walnut Canyon, Glassell Park and the surrounding area.
You can refer to the Sample Response Letter for ideas on how to write your own letter. You are encouraged to customize the comments in your letter to reflect your concerns.
Please email your letters to GPIA.EricTallman@gmail.com and LandUse@GPIA.org so that the GPIA can send all our letters together to the Planning Department as a statement of our collective awareness of proposed development of Walnut Canyon and our concerns over its impacts on the community.
Please send your letters to Eric Tallman and GPIA Land Use by November 19. 2015 at 5pm.