102 TOWNHOMES and 190 CONDOS = 292 TOTAL

(Even less than the 330 proposed at the Feb. 7th hearing) is what Harridge has proposed and is currently putting finishing touches on regarding the design… why?? Because of all of YOU!! They heard our community loud and clear… Once plans are completed- Harridge has agreed to attend a community meeting to share the plans with us. Date TBD in the next few weeks.

Thank you for your continued support !

A Tentative Compromise is Reached

At the February 7th hearing on the San Fernando Mission Blvd/Woodley project, a compromise was reached in principle. Harridge Development has two weeks to submit a new design. Everyone will then have two weeks after that to submit comments, suggestions, and objections to the city planner.

Here is the summary of what Councilmember Englander said about the proposed compromise:

Two main choices:
300 apartments or 330 condos
(the differential is probably to provide incentive to build condos, which cost more and don’t provide a steady stream of revenue).

For either option:

  • Move Woodley driveway south 40 ft, as previously offered, buffered from the school by landscape only, to provide sight lines; right turn only
  • Put in a median on Woodley (must be approved by LADOT). Prevents more dangerous left turns and prevents northbound residents from entering that way, so number of cars are decreased).
  • Do a new geological study including drilling new soil test wells closer to Bull Creek, by independent consultant
  • Do a revised Traffic study by independent consultant
  • Provide a community room
  • Height maximum 45′ as in the Specific Plan (and better if lower in front)
  • Change “very low income” units to “moderate low income”.
  • No studios (this one was softer, maybe allow 20 depending on design)
  • Keep the record open for comments for 2 weeks after submitted.

Harridge picked the option for condos, which was one of the main points heard from neighbors because of “pride of ownership” – if you own a property you tend to take better care of it.

At around February 22 we should have the new design to review, though this might slip by a couple of days.

We are working on setting up a meeting after the new documents are available, and we will notify you.

Video from the Stop 440 Community Meeting

How would you respond to a threat of your very way of life?
Many residents of Granada Hills are preparing to defend their lifestyle – the suburban setting, the single family homes, the yards, the view of the mountains, all at a relatively affordable price.

Harridge Development is proposing a very dense, very massive mixed-use project at the corner of San Fernando Mission and Woodley Avenue, with 440 apartments over retail space.
This will bring rapid urbanization, with its problems of traffic, parking issues, overcrowding of schools and public services.

The Stop440 Alliance has brought together the community to fight against it — too big, too much, too dense. Reasonable developement there would be accepted, but this feels like bringing downtown to the suburbs — it just doesn’t fit!

This meeting raised funds to pay for land-use experts to help in the fight, and discussed strategies for the one and only public hearing scheduled by the City, February 7th at 10;45 AM, at 6262 Van Nuys Blvd, 91401.

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Notes on January 13 Meeting with Councilmember Englander

Present at the meeting were Councilmember Englander, Deputy for Land Use Hannah Lee, and other members of CD12 staff; representatives of the developer – Marc Annotti,COO; an attorney; and Erika Iversen of Rosenheim & Associates, a land-use consulting firm.

Also present were representatives of the Granada Hills North Neighborhood Council (GHNNC); of the Granada Hills South Neighborhood Council (GHSNC); the Old Granada Hills Residents’ Group (OGHRG); and of the Granada Hills Chamber of Commerce.

The purpose of the meeting was apparently for Mr Englander to try to bring representatives of the developer and the community closer together in their views of the project.

The councilmember said the developer claims that the project meets the “by right” criteria for the location and the zoning. (see ghnnc.org, “Developer’s Rationale Attachment A). No changes to the Specific Plan (copy available on ghnnc.org) or the Community Plan are requested. No zoning change is required.  Continue reading “Notes on January 13 Meeting with Councilmember Englander”