We need you, your friends and neighbors to write a letter to ask for a full, comprehensive EIR for the potential development of the 32 homes slated for Walnut Canyon.
Please cut and paste the below letter and send to the email addresses below. We encourage you to pick items that mean something to you and put a personal touch on them. You do not have to list all the items - pick ones that mean something to you. If you don't have time to do so, then you can send your own letter to address your concerns about the development - or cut-and-paste what's here.
PLEASE BE SURE TO PUT YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS ON THE LETTER AND SEND NO LATER THAN THE END OF DAY THIS THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19th. AND CC NELAGREENSPACE@GMAIL.COM -NELA GreenSpace will GIVE A COPY OF YOUR EMAIL TO THEIR ATTORNEY SO IT BECOMES PART OF THE PRESENTATION PACKAGE TO PLANNING. Please also Cc LandUse@GPIA.org
Here is the suggested letter:
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17 November 2015
Ms. Diana Kitching, Planning Associate
Major Projects & Environmental Analysis Section
City of Los Angeles, Department of City Planning
200 N. Spring Street, Room 750
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Re: ENV-2015-2354-EIR / Abode at Glassell Park Project
Dear Ms. Kitching:
I am writing about the Initial Study submitted by the Applicant concerning the proposed 32 home development – the largest proposed development within the Mt. Washington / Glassell Park Specific Plan area in 25 years.
I am requesting that a full, comprehensive EIR for this massive project be considered. In addition, I ask that a study be conducted for an alternative outcome that would envision this property as parkland, which is the primary interest of this community.
The NOP presented by the Applicant does recognize some Potentially Significant Impacts – all of which need to be addressed by a full, comprehensive EIR, but there are many items in the draft that the Applicant considers as “Less Than Significant Impact” when they should be “Potentially Significant Impact.”
Among the items that need to be addressed fully are:
GEOLOGICAL STUDY / SOILS
There is nothing addressing the impact of building retaining walls and 32 new homes on the adjacent residences. This needs to be studied as there are potentially adverse effects to stability that are not addressed in this report.
HAZARDS / EMERGENCY RESPONSE / EVACUATION / EXPOSURE TO LOSS, INJURY OR DEATH
The narrow streets and inadequate infrastructure will create a dangerous situation with this large increase in density on the hillside.
HYRDOLOGY / STORM WATER DRAINAGE
There is both geological evidence and longtime resident’s accounts of this property being used for water and that it is an acquifer – this is significant and needs to be studied.
Also, the drainage pattern does not fully account for the extra hardscape created (homes, retaining walls and streets) which would permanently alter the drainage pattern of the hillside.
LAND USE AND PLANNING
This project would have a significant impact on wildlife and wildlife corridors on the hillside, the loss of a significant and protected California Black Walnut woodland and other native plant species. The Applicant is also responsible for the destruction of California Black Walnut Trees during this past brush season, which is illegal. Habitat Conservation for this property needs to be thoroughly studied..
POPULATION & HOUSING
This is the largest such development within the Mt. Washington/Glassell Park Specific Plan in 25 years. In addition there is other development taking place in surrounding neighborhoods. This will have a significant impact on infrastructure and public safety and the City needs a holistic approach to development in these hillsides.
FIRE & POLICE / INADEQUATE EMERGENCY ACCESS
The increased density will impact response times and create a danger in emergency situations. This has not been adequately studied nor addressed.
The plan says that only 8 (!!!) school aged children will reside within these 32 homes. This number seems extremely low for 32 homes that are described as being 3 stories in size. There needs to be a better study of this along with the schools mentioned in the plan.
This development will significantly impact the neighborhood as residents want to preserve this land as park space. There is NOT A SINGLE DESIGNATED PARK in Glassell Park; this is one of the few areas within the community where residents can view nature, hike and do nature studies. The impact is significant and requires further study.
WASTEWATER TREATMENT / SOLID WASTE COMPLIANCE
There needs to be further studies on the inadequate infrastructure that includes whether sewer is actually available or if septic will need to be used for these homes.
Between the almost constant water main breaks in the City of Los Angeles, the inadequate infrastructure including old pipes not designed for this level of density and let us not forget that we are in a drought, the addition 32 additional homes needs to be thoroughly studied as it could prove enough of a burden due to the overall onslaught of home development in the area.
As a concerned resident, I ask that you require the Applicant to create a full, comprehensive EIR that addresses all issues and that you require an alternate study to address what the community really wants: to make this land into park space and the impacts park space would have.
Thank you for your time and consideration.
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