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Lyons Canyon hearing Wednesday morning

County considers proposed mixed-use development

Posted: August 18, 2008 9:42 p.m.
Updated: October 20, 2008 5:01 a.m.

Stevenson Ranch residents concerned about plans for a senior citizen complex next door to Towsley Canyon will have another opportunity to express their concerns publicly.

The Los Angeles County Regional Planning Commission is holding a public hearing on the proposed Lyons Canyon Ranch project Wednesday morning as planned.

Susie Tae, supervising regional planner of the department's Land Divisions Section, said Monday that the scheduled meeting will not be the last chance for residents to express themselves.

"There will be another public hearing before the Board of Supervisors," she said, and added that notices will be mailed to residents in the area.

Those living within 1,000 feet of the proposed Lyons Canyon Ranch project on The Old Road and those who have already spoken publicly about it are on the mailing list.

No specific date has been scheduled for the additional public hearing, she said.

Plans for the Lyons Canyon Ranch call for a senior citizens community to be built with 186 single family units and condos.

More than nine acres are set aside for "unlimited commercial" use.

The development, when finished, will feature 93 single-family lots and 93 condos, all intended for seniors, on more than 231 acres, next door to the Ed Davis Park in Towsley Canyon.

Plans for the project were submitted to the county two years ago by project developers Western Pacific Housing, Inc.

There have been some modifications made to the plans - asking permission to extend the height restriction from 35 to 50 feet for two condominium buildings.

"The zoning change is what triggered it to go before the board," Tae said.

And since the project requires a zoning change to residential from agricultural, the whole project is reviewed in its entirety by the Board of Supervisors, Tae said.

Asked if the project is a done deal, Tae replied: "No it's not."

Some of the concerns already expressed and noted at the Temple Street hall were in regards to preserving more than a dozen old heritage oaks.

Heritage oaks - such as valley oak, California live oak, black oak and blue oak - that have a trunk 36 inches in circumference are deemed because of their age, size, location, visibility, historic nature or other unique attributes, to be heritage trees and, accordingly, trees that deserve special consideration for preservation and protection.

The project seeks permission to rip out 162 oak trees, 13 of which are heritage oaks. It also seeks permission from the county to encroach on another 52 oak trees, six of which are also as old as to have been growing when the Declaration of Independence was signed.

Wednesday's hearing is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. in the Hall of Records on Temple Street between North Hill Street and North Broadway in Los Angeles.


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